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.

To help plan your next Southern California getaway, see our things to do in Palm Springs guide.

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

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 owners lovingly retained many of the quaint classic elements of this charming and historic property. We stayed in Bungalow One which retains the original 1928 tile in the bathroom and 1950s knotty wood kitchen cabinets and panelling.

classic pink tile bathroom in mid century modern Palm Springs house
1928 bathroom in Bungalow One of Amin Casa
original 1950s wood kitchen in Palm Springs home
1950s kitchen in Bungalow One of Amin Casa
Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California
Bungalow One living room at Amin Casa

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

porch front of Palm Springs Inn
porch in front of Bungalows Two and Three at Amin Casa

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
Gloria Swanson room at Amin Casa
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.

elegant row of grapefruit trees
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.

mid century modern inn with mountain and blue sky backdrop
pool anyone? Amin Casa comfortable luxury in Palm Springs
giant swan float in Amin Casa pool
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.

Palm Springs California luxury: poolside cabana
Palm Springs California luxury: 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.

retro Arena Gardens Hotel sign at Amin Casa
retro Arena Gardens Hotel sign at Amin Casa

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
grapefruit picker from Palm Springs tree
massive grapefruit at Amin Casa

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.

pool lounge chairs at Palm Springs inn
pool lounge chairs at Amin Casa

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