The Suite Life: El Morocco Inn & Spa, Desert Hot Springs, CA

El Morocco Inn & Day Spa gushes with the old world charm of a traditional Moroccan hideaway, but is located just outside of Los Angeles in the Greater Palm Springs desert region.

Built in the late 1950s, this enchanting getaway is located directly on top of a vein of the mineral rich thermal hot waters of Desert Hot Springs. El Morocco is a relaxing vacation experience and a relaxing respite from the chaos of urban Los Angeles.

All guest rooms at El Morocco face the natural hot mineral water swimming pool — which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (yes, you can even enjoy the piping hot waters for a soak in the springs at 12 a.m., if you feel like it!).

The inn is decorated in a way that makes you feel as if you’re on a trip to a faraway foreign land. In fact, most of the decorative furnishings are authentically curated, coming directly from the owner’s trips to Morocco.

There’s plenty of outdoor space, on-site. Guests can partake in some friendly competition on the giant chess board, or lounge in the enormous hammocks in the Spa Garden.

After a game (or five!) retreat to the infrared sauna (also open 24 hours!) — or enjoy a wide range of spa services including massages, clay wraps, and full body scrubs.

Nearby, the “Kasbah Lounge & Library” holds over 1,000 DVDs and complimentary snacks, games, magazines, and a big screen that’s constantly playing “Casablanca” on a loop so you can disconnect with your own technology and reconnect with yourself. Here, you’ll discover that it’s no surprise “desert sunsets” are legendary for their unmatched beauty.

And one of my personal favorite elements of the inn is how it’s not just an inn — it’s a full on bed and breakfast. Upon check in, the property host gives each of guest a menu page from which they can select from a full range of goodies and a specific time they’d like to pick it up. 

Their breakfast selections are placed in an Azure blue bag with the Room number on it, and left in a glass fronted refrigerators in the Kasbah Lounge each morning for the guests to pick up at their leisure. You’ll be able to indulge in fresh french press coffee alongside a wide variety of pastries, yogurts, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits and juices. Essentially, you won’t ever have to worry about leaving the property for anything — it’s all right here, waiting for you to enjoy.

Everything within this takeaway breakfast is safe, and environmentally friendly, from the recyclable palm leaf plates and bowls to the pre-wrapped utensils which extend an extra layer of cleanliness protection.

A trip to El Morocco is an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and instead embark on an inner journey of rejuvenation in the desert.


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