Palm Springs is a much better choice.Personally I avoid DHS, unless I have to go there to work. If you want to be within walking distance of restaurants and shops, stay near downtown. Here is a list of some hotels that are generally within walking distance of downtown.
For hiking try the indian canyons.
Joshua Tree National Park is really close.
There are other towns on the PS side of the freeway that are worth looking into also.
Desert Hot Springs has small hotels with natural hot springs water.
I wouldn't call it a "resort community"!!
It is a sleepy sort of blue collar town with a few low key local restaurants and that's about it.
You can stay in Palm Springs and get a day pass to any of the hot springs hotels in Desert Hot Springs for the day.
Palm Springs was the place for the Hollywood rich and famous starting in about the 1950s. Newer towns have sprung up nearby like Palm Desert,Indian Wells and La Quinta , where there are large sprawling resort complexes. Palm Springs itself still has the smaller original hotels + some newer ones with a real downtown area that has restaurants, a farmer's market street fair every Thursday ,hiking in the Indian Canyons,the tram up to the top of the local mountains and casinos. If you want more upscale shopping go into the newer towns and to a mall like The River.
DHS is dangerous
Palm Springs is a much better choice over Desert Hot Springs.
If you are looking for beautiful desert accommodations, check out the La Quinta Resort, built in 1926. It's set among 45 manicured acres, at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mts. They have 42 swimming pools set around the original casitas. The casitas are in different sized buildings, you could find one to fit the size of your group. There is a fantastic spa, restaurants, out door plaza with fire pit.
Why do you say that? We are scheduled to stay there in a couple of weeks.
What is dangerous about Desert Hot Springs? Is there documentation of that we can read? Please supply a link at least.
We haven't been for a while but we've stayed at various places in Desert Hot Springs because we like soaking in natural hot spring waters.
We have never had a problem when in town there.
Of course that doesn't mean there's no crime but as visitors we have never experienced it!
I've been to Desert Hot Springs to visit my grandparents plenty of times. It's certainly not an elegant place, but I never felt like it was dangerous.
Given a choice between Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs, go for the latter,
Still no explanation as to why or how Desert Hot Springs is "dangerous?" Are there random shootings? Gangs? Armed rattlesnakes? Corporate raiders? Tarantulas? Proselytizers? Scorpions? Tornadoes? Politicians? Flash floods? Prix-fixe dinners? Earthquakes? Wineries? Kidnappings? What exactly is the danger there?
Please tell us What is dangerous about Desert Hot Springs? I'm arriving in Palm Springs Sunday and have decided to check out Desert Hot Springs to soak in the natural hot spring waters. I'm from Chicago. I don't scare easily. Inquiring minds want to know.