Home to an endlessly fascinating landscape dominated by the thorny Joshua trees, this Californian destination has an unearthly appeal and many of the places to stay here are equally as extraordinary. To help you choose, from fashionable boutique hotels and retro motels to boho vacation homes in the desert, here are my favorite cool and unusual hotels near Joshua Tree, California…
One of my favorite places is this iconic architectural landmark, just a mile from the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. I love how it’s embraced by the desert valley and rocky mountains, creating a magnificent backdrop.
While visiting Sacred Sands, the Onyx Room and Jade Room particularly captivated me with their blend of traditional Californian décor. The bold textures, fine linens, earthy wooden accents, and chic Moroccan lamps created a Zen-themed haven.
I experienced the joy of soaking in a hot bath with obstructed mountain views. It was such a serene moment, immersing myself in nature’s beauty right from the comfort of my room. Additionally, the venue is perfect for those seeking an intimate destination wedding in the desert.
Refined boho-chic design
Bold romantic ambiance
Mountain and desert view
Unique outdoor soaking tub
No breakfast included
Rustic accommodation might suit everyone
AutoCamp Joshua Tree
I stayed at the AutoCamp, one of my favorite places, for an unparalleled outdoor experience just outside Joshua Tree National Park. The accommodations are diverse, from handsomely furnished suites to compact airstreams and accessible rooms.
I love the airstreams; they’re perfect for adventurers like me looking for a convenient and comfortable camping adventure. From the compact Classics to the luxurious airstream suites, there’s an ideal fit for everyone. During my stay, I experienced the grandeur of the Vista X Suites, complete with modern amenities, cozy bedding, a functional kitchen, a living area, and a private ensuite bathroom.
One of my favorite moments was at the onsite Quonset Hut Clubhouse, which provided a laid-back atmosphere for enjoying light-hearted conversations over flavorful cocktails.
Exciting adventurous vibe
Modern suites and airstreams
Spacious living area
Scenic outdoor pool
No fitness center
No spa services
Shower pressure can be a little weak
A new gem in Joshua Tree, Amaru Maru, became one of my favorite places. This dreamy villa spans 2-5 acres in the heart of Joshua Highlands, offering adventurers like me a perfect blend of tranquility and modern luxury.
I instantly loved the meticulous decor that seamlessly merges indoor and outdoor spaces. The contemporary interiors beautifully blend with the natural landscape, creating a unique and soothing atmosphere.
I enjoyed experiencing three impeccably designed bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a cozy TV room, and a dedicated Zen space for yoga and ceremonies.
I tried out the fantastic amenities, including an ozone pool and hot tub, an invigorating outdoor shower, and an air conditioning unit with a humidifier. The surround sound speakers scattered throughout the property added a touch of luxury to my stay.
Serene pool with patio
Stylish cozy rooms
Secluded sun terrace
No events allowed
No internet available
The Full Moon, Joshua Tree: Hot Tub, Sauna, View
Nestled beside the Desert Highland Park, the Full Moon became one of my favorite places, inviting me to immerse myself in the heart of the Mojave Desert. This contemporary villa stole my heart with its two beautifully adorned bedrooms, each boasting an ensuite bathroom. The stainless steel kitchen, dining space, patio, and desert garden added to the charm.
During my stay, I fell in love with the private pool, BBQ equipment, and the serene wellness area featuring a hot tub and sauna. The open-concept floor plan flooded the living spaces with sunlight, while the expansive windows gave me heartwarming desert views.
I experienced unforgettable moments stargazing from the hot tub, indulging in romantic outdoor dining, savoring BBQs by the firepit, and embarking on thrilling hiking adventures.
Magnificent desert view
Revitalizing wellness center
Intimate outdoor dining
No events allowed
@ Marbella Lane
Tucked away behind Joshua Tree National Park, this desert escape quickly became one of my favorite places. Just a 5-minute drive from the lively downtown scene, it’s the perfect balance of tranquility and accessibility.
While visiting, I loved waking up to the sight of rare birds and wildlife right from the comfort of my bedroom. The outdoor pool added another layer of relaxation.
I tried out the fully-equipped kitchen, perfect for whipping up meals for my family and friends. The lounging area, dining space, and outdoor sleeping tower made it feel like a home away from home.
I experienced the recreational room designed for games and yoga, providing both entertainment and wellness options. The spacious backyard, complete with a propane grill and stone fire pit, became a hub for evening gatherings and barbecues.
One of my favorite features was the onsite soaking spa, easily accommodating five people.
Mesmerizing desert and hill view
Minimal guestroom decor
Outdoor sleeping tower
Stone fire pit
No extra beds available
Tuscan Springs Hotel & Spa
One of my favorite places to escape to is the Tuscan Springs Hotel & Spa, inspired by the rustic charm of Tuscany and nestled in the scenic Desert Hot Springs, surrounded by rugged mountains.
I love this extravagant Italian-style boutique hotel with its 16 splendidly adorned rooms. While staying there, I experienced the grandeur of the 350-ft volcanically heated aqua well, powering the mineral water pool and hot Jacuzzis.
The accommodations are a true delight, brightly lit and beautifully bedecked with tasteful armoires, Italian ceramic tiles, plush bedding, and richly textured rugs. Each room offers magical mountain views, and the French doors open into an enchanting desert garden.
During my visit, I tried the therapeutic services at the onsite La Bella Spa, and it was truly rejuvenating. Couples can explore special packages for discounted rates on accommodation and spa services, making it a perfect getaway.
Volcanically heated spring bath
Stunning mountain view
No cooking facilities
Not all rooms have balconies
Style might not suit everyone
Sea Mountain Nude Resort & Spa Hotel
Sea Mountain Nude Resort & Spa Hotel is one of my favorite places—an adult-only haven where the nudist lifestyle is celebrated. While visiting, I loved immersing myself in the grandiosity of this retreat, basking in the mountain sun all day and enjoying the freedom of swimming nude in their world-class pool.
The 18 guest rooms at this award-winning mineral water boutique hotel became my sanctuary. With king-size beds, luxurious Egyptian bedding, flatscreen TVs, ensuite bathrooms, and premium amenities, the rooms were both inviting and indulgent. During my stay, I experienced the sheer pleasure of unwinding at the onsite spa, and treating myself to massages and beauty treatments.
One highlight that I truly enjoyed was the Taboo Gardens, a 24-hour club on the premises. It’s an ideal spot for music lovers. The lively atmosphere added an extra layer of enjoyment to my already fantastic experience at Sea Mountain Nude Resort & Spa Hotel.
Luxurious nudist lifestyle
Scenic swimming pool
Exciting 24-hour club
Extra beds are not provided
The Stargaze in Joshua Tree
One of my favorite places for an idyllic vacation is the Stargaze—a perfect retreat for nature lovers and stargazers. While visiting this enchanting getaway, I love reveling in the tranquility of the desert. The private home, with its ranch-like charm, boasts three well-lit bedrooms, two ensuite bathrooms, and a functional chef’s kitchen.
I experienced the allure of the dreamy Zen patio, offering unobstructed views of the twinkling stars and the glittery Milky Way. The spacious indoor dining area and lounging spaces create a restful atmosphere.
I tried the outdoor dining area, which is perfect for hosting lavish parties with a cowboy pool, a hot tub, and a fire pit. The panoramic views from each room showcase the vast desert acreage adorned with hundreds of Joshua trees and unfiltered natural beauty.
Calm romantic ambiance
Stunning outdoor hot tub
Lavish indoor dining
Panoramic desert view
No fitness center
No early check-in
Ravens Nest Ranch, Fire pit, Views, Near JT Park!
The Ravens Nest Ranch became one of my favorite places, nestled near Joshua Tree Park, offering unparalleled access to vast desert expanses and trails that wind deep into the wilderness.
I love this contemporary holiday haven—it’s an opulent oasis boasting a lavish pool, a serene Zen garden, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a chic dining area.
While visiting, I experienced the enchanting blend of modern touches and the timeless allure of meticulously crafted Cherry wood throughout the interiors.
I was captivated by the open-concept living room, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged mountains. The sliding glass doors seamlessly connect to the backyard, where a cowboy tub, BBQ setup, and a cozy two-person hammock awaited my exploration.
Lush green garden
Soft minimal interior
2-person comfy hammock
Patio with mountain view
Only 2 bathrooms
Popular Homestead! Location, Stargaze, Views!
Nestled at a popular stargazing site in Joshua Tree, Popular Homestead became one of my favorite places. The divinely decked bedrooms offered enchanting garden views, and the sprawling patio became my go-to spot. The vacation units were wonderfully designed, boasting comfortable bedrooms, private bathrooms, and inviting dining and lounging areas.
During my stay, I loved that all units were equipped with air conditioning, smart appliances, and charming patios. The apartment, in particular, stole my heart with its sun terrace. The homestay exceeded expectations, providing a pleasing garden and convenient BBQ facilities. What I truly appreciated were the evenings reserved for movie nights and live music.
The location was incredibly convenient, granting easy access to the best hiking trails in Joshua Tree. After adventurous days, I ended each excursion with a relaxing soak in the refreshing outdoor pool.
Bedrooms with garden view
Close to hiking trails
JT SUNSHINE HOUSE Cozy, Artsy & Comfy, Dog Friendly, 3BD
I love this charming 3-bedroom vacation rental – it’s become one of my favorite places for a desert getaway with my canine friends. The JT Sunshine House is not just a stay; it’s an experience filled with artistic decorations and comfort-enhancing amenities.
While visiting, I enjoyed the grace of the three bedrooms, a sleek stainless steel kitchen, and a cozy lounging area – all equipped with smart appliances and high-speed WiFi. It truly felt like a home away from home, complete with fine bedding, towels, and fully stocked kitchenware.
During my stay, I experienced the joy of the desert garden and patio, perfect for lounging under the stars. What sets this place apart is the option for bonfires and BBQs, thanks to the provided onsite equipment.
Vibrant lively decor
Pastel-toned cozy rooms
Lounging space for a bonfire
I stumbled upon the Pioneertown Motel, a historic landmark that has been a haven for weary adventurers since 1946. Once an exclusive spot for actors in old Westerns, it instantly became one of my favorite places.
While visiting, I discovered 19 charmingly decorated guest rooms adorned with luxury linens, in-room appliances, a practical work desk, and beautifully crafted furniture, making my stay feel genuinely indulgent.
The motel’s home-away-from-home charm and comfort-boosting amenities won me over. I loved spending time in the Canteen, a cozy room where guests gather to relax, read books, and play games.
During my stay, I explored the lovely picnic area and outdoor furniture, perfect for soaking up the desert sun in the enchanting gardens.
Classic vintage design
Comfy outdoor furniture
No kitchenette in the rooms
Adult only accommodation
Starfire Relaxation Retreat
While visiting the Starfire Relaxation Retreat, one of my favorite places, I fell in love with its rejuvenating atmosphere and historic charm. Nestled in the desert mountains, this retreat, initially built in 1950, seamlessly blends vintage allure with modern luxuries.
During my stay, I experienced the comfort of two sun-soaked bedrooms, a well-appointed bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and inviting dining and lounging spaces. The patio, adorned with vibrant furniture, became my go-to spot to soak in the serenity of the surroundings.
I discovered the thoughtful touches that enhanced my stay. Smart appliances, hypoallergenic linens, and flatscreen TVs were just some of the amenities that added to the overall experience.
Patios have landscape view
Serene private pool
Hiking trails nearby
No ACs-only a central evaporator cooler
Joshua Tree Ranch House
Staying at the Joshua Tree Ranch House was like stepping back into the 1940s, and it quickly became one of my favorite places. The vintage interiors exuded charm, perfectly capturing the spirit of the desert with delightful retro accents.
I had the pleasure of experiencing one of the eight exquisitely designed accommodations. The spacious rooms and the sprawling family suite, boasting three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a state-of-the-art kitchen, made my stay truly comfortable.
The rustic appeal of the interiors was captivating, with glistening knotty pine walls, Western-style furniture, authentic Dutch doors, and warm color palettes creating a beautiful ambiance. The attention to detail transported me to a bygone era.
The Ranch House features a lavish pool with an expansive flagstone deck, providing the ideal setting to unwind. Just two blocks away, the Joshua Tree Salon became my go-to spot for live music and drinks.
What I loved most was the central downtown location, offering proximity to popular attractions while maintaining a connection with the wilderness.
Traditional vintage ambiance
Bygone era-inspired rooms
Tranquil outdoor pool
Pet are allowed
Best Cool Hotels in Joshua Tree Compared
We at Global Grasshopper have compared the Top 14 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Joshua Tree.
Best Hotels Joshua Tree Ranked
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attraction(km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Sacred Sands||63155 Quail Springs Road||$48-$460||No||0.3||4|
|AutoCamp Joshua Tree||62209 Verbena Road||$318-$568||Yes||0.1||6|
|Amaru Muru||62073 Rincon Road||$933||Yes||1.1||3|
|The Full Moon, Joshua Tree: Hot Tub, Sauna, View||7809 Rockwood Road,||$478-$544||Yes||0.8||3|
|@ Marbella Lane||Joshua Tree, CA 92252||$445-$561||No||6||3|
|Tuscan Springs Hotel & Spa||68187 Club Circle Drive, Desert Hot Springs,||$279||Yes||4.9||8|
|Sea Mountain Nude Resort & Spa Hotel||66540 San Marcus Road, Desert Hot Springs||$653-$934||Yes||0.9||5|
|The Stargaze in Joshua Tree||7075 Sunny Vista Road,||$432-$555||No||1.9||3|
|Ravens Nest Ranch||5438 Center Avenue||$474||No||1.9||3|
|Popular Homestead||62575 Barbara Lane||$4204-$294||Yes||1.9||4|
|JT SUNSHINE HOUSE Cozy||61886 Oleander Drive||$451-$693||No||0.5||3|
|Pioneertown Motel||5240 Curtis Road||$418||No||0.3||4|
|Starfire Relaxation Retreat||1776 Starfire Rd,||$369||No||1.4||9|
|Joshua Tree Ranch House||61589 Division Street||$139||Yes||1.3||8|
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