Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

During a recent visit to Palm Springs, California, we stayed at Amin Casa and were completely and pleasantly astonished by the magnificent property. Known as the Gloria Swanson Residence (the silent film Hollywood actress owned the property)—and more recently known as Arenas Gardens Hotel—Amin Casa has been impeccably refurbished, modernized, and improved by the new owners, Nelson and Ramon.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

Gloria Swanson photo

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California.

Amin Casa in Palm Springs

Amin Casa: The Rooms

In spite of the extensive upgrades, the Amin Casa owners lovingly retained many of the quaint classic elements of this charming and historic property. We stayed in Bungalow One which had original 1928 tile in the bathroom and 1950s knotty wood kitchen cabinets and panelling.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

1928 bathroom in Bungalow One

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

1950s kitchen in Bungalow One

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

Bungalow One living room

In total, there are five bungalows. Four have full kitchens, living areas, and bedrooms. One is a studio suite.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

porch in front of Bungalows Two and Three

The premiere space at Amin Casa is the two bedroom original residence of Gloria Swanson, featuring a grand living room area and historic stone fireplace.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

Gloria Swanson Grand Residence

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

Gloria Swanson Grand Residence

Amin Casa: The Grounds

While the owners drastically overhauled the landscaping—in fact, Nelson told me, spending more on the exterior than the interior—two flora remain from the original grounds. Ask someone in the front office to show you the old palm tree and cactus.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

elegant row of grapefruit trees

The pool is the highlight feature of the grounds and it is continually patrolled by a giant inflatable swan, appropriately named Gloria SWANson. The pool lunge chairs are elegant and comfortable.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

pool anyone?

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

well, hello there Gloria SWANson

The open air cabana invites socializing or is a pleasant spot to read, relax, or update your social media accounts. I did all of them but not at the same time.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

poolside cabana

Amin Casa: Location

The Amin Casa location is ideal, just a short walk from the Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Canyon Drive in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. For a true vehicle-free vacation, try Tesloop—a Tesla between LAX airport and Palm Springs. Everything you need is within walking distance of Amin Casa but The BUZZ shuttle operates Thursday through Sunday.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

retro Arena Garden Hotel sign

Amin Casa: Amenities

Each bungalow comes with standard luxury amenities you would expect, including high quality toiletries, plush towels, comfortable pillows (my favorite amenity!), robes and slippers, and blazing wi-fi. Unexpected amenities that made Amin Casa a really special experience for me include:

  • fully equipped kitchen
  • Brita water filter
  • keyless security with custom code
  • complimentary washer and dryer (full size, modern, and clean) with detergent and dryer sheets
  • grapefruit trees with picker
Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

massive grapefruit on grounds

McCool Travel Tip: Stay at Amin Casa for 29 or more nights and save big. First, guests receive a 20% discount; 10% discount for stays of 7 to 28 nights. Second, long-term guests are exempt from paying the 12.5% Palm Springs lodging tax. Thus, you save 32.5% by staying over 29 nights. In essence, you can pay for three weeks and get the fourth week for free.

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

pool lounge chairs

We were hosted guests of Amin Casa and Visit Palm Springs but this content is carefully crafted with the McCool Travel audience in mind.


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