The Good House

The Good House Guest Room

The desert draw is not the same as the magnetic force field that defined our spring break teen scene circa 1990anything. The want for waterslides and mega resorts have given way to something not quite as splashy. More quiet, less cannonball. For that, here is something Good.

Peppered in pops of canary and carnation pink, The Good House is a tranquil, frill free destination deep in the desert. A bohemian bungalow built over its own natural hot spring; it is an oasis in every sense of the word.

The healing properties of this place are legit. Located in a protected Hot Water Zone with the hottest well water available in Desert Hot Springs, this Miracle Hill District cross section (one hot/one cold aquifer bisecting the city) is revered and researched worldwide for its therapeutic properties. Odorless (preach) and ranking higher than any other hot water destine for its mineral content, there is not one but two healing pools on property. You can literally soak in the self-care.

The Good House swimming pool

Sourced from a 600-year-old well, the alkaline mineral water detoxifies, works on stress reduction, skin ailments, and general pain relief. The pool is kept at just about 94 degrees, the tub at 104. The rest is magic. And science. Mostly magic.

A poolside café features frose to rose lemonade, mezze plates and chia power bowls, securing the sensation that you have nowhere else in the world you need to be.

Oh, except maybe the Good House Spa. Facials, massages, and combination packages available to guests and non-guests. I was not able to sample any of the treatments so I cannot speak to them personally. But I really wanted to.

The Good House Spa Treatment

Finding yourself around that firepit come sunset? Not a bad way to wrap a day.

Palms predominate the fauna, French doors and tile floors define the fuss free rooms, which much to my aesthetic delight, are not overtly mid-mod. There’s a kitchenette inside, a rain shower adorned with fresh eucalyptus, and a private hammock on the private deck. The spa waters and dry sauna are available to all guests 24/7.

If it’s the snazz of the Strip you’re hankering, or the posh of Palm Desert, this will not meet your needs. The Good House is simple in its appeal. Steeped in annual sunshine and sitting atop liquid gold, there’s good reason Travel and Leisure voted it one of the 23 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in California. Los Angeles is a little spoiled by all its weekend away potential. Here’s one more destination to add to our embarrassment of road trip riches.

The Details

The Good House, 12885 Eliseo Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240, United States.

Tel: +1(760) 251-2885



From Palm Springs take N Gene Autry Trail and Palm Dr to Two Bunch Palms Trail in Desert Hot Springs (10.5 miles). Continue on Two Bunch Palms Trail to Hacienda Ave (1.3 miles), then turn right onto Hacienda Ave 15 s (308 ft) and left at the first cross street onto Eliseo Rd. You will see the hotel will be on the left hand side.

Type of Hotel: Boutique Lodging and Spa

Number of Rooms: 7 rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, and pet friendly.

Price Band: Medium

Insider Tip: Spend as much time as you can in those waters. They’re magic. Day passes to the hot spring pools are available for purchase to those not staying at the inn. It is an adult only property (21+).

Reviewer’s Rating: 7/10

Author Bio:

Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.

Photographs courtesy of The Good House


  1. Just had a friend of mine there so will be nice to have a place to stay/soak! I have been in the hot springs and can attest to the magic!!

  2. Oh wow that sounds like it could really be a beautiful getaway- and I love how close by it is. Thank you for this fabulous idea!

  3. I have been searching for a resort with natural hot springs. Thanks for sharing the healing environment here!

  4. This sounds amazing. How you find these treasure troves is just incredible. Thank you for your hard work!

  5. I will be an empty nester soon so this sounds like a relaxing getaway to keep in mind for my future.

  6. Oh I can use this! Thanks for the tip. As always I also really enjoy your writing. I can almost feel my tension melting away. Almost…

  7. This is the place I need as soon as the kids go back to school, which feels like it will happen tomorrow. Summer is too short, but I can extend it in the desert with a getaway!

  8. Desert oasis is one of the best metaphors for healing, ever! Sounds like a very special place. Thanks for doing the hard work of finding these unique places of relaxation and rejuvenation!🪷🪷

  9. “Not overt mid-mod”. How refreshing! This place sounds so good! Can’t wait to plan a kid free escape!

  10. The Good House was a totally unexpected oasis! The weather was quite warm (as the Desert Hot Springs does), but with the breeze and the pool, completely comfortable. The Good House has the feel of a cozy roadside inn, with the amenities of a high-end B&B. The food was outstanding, the drinks fun, and the environment was made to simply relax and enjoy the day go by. Looking forward to coming back.

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