Our Hot Springs Resort

Courtyard pool & spa.Rated 5 Paws and landscaped by natural desert beauty, our hot springs resort is a pleasurable stay for off-leash friendly dogs, people who enjoy canine companionship, and those wishing to live a healthier lifestyle.

Our therapeutic waters attract spa enthusiasts from around the globe. For year-around pleasure, the pool (90° F) and bubbling spa (102° F) are naturally heated by underground hot mineral water – guaranteed to melt away stress. In fact, our natural mineral springs gave birth to the city of Desert Hot Springs in 1941 – winning its acclaim as California’s Spa City.

Dog Friendly resort Palm Springs CANestled in the foothills of Joshua Tree National Park, Desert Hot Springs has also become a natural attraction for nature lovers, trail hikers and rock climbers. Golf, casinos, entertainment, museums, shopping, and world class restaurants await your discovery in the nearby star-studded town of Palm Springs – only 15 minutes away!

Our guest rooms offer stunning views of the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains. Each room has an adjoining caf © kitchen and opens to our secluded pool/spa courtyard through French doors. Our private Dog Park overlooks full range mountain views by day and dazzling city lights by night. A gas lit fire pit table will set the mood while you gaze at the stars, tell stories, and let your inner dog howl at the moon.

Relaxing spa treatments available by appointment.

At the Desert Hot Springs Inn, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere!

Our Story

What can happen when a talented contractor meets an imaginative entrepreneur who discovers an abandoned hotel begging for a new life? Add a skeptical yet trusting friend with a sagging 401K and you guessed it – a complete hotel makeover for dog lovers to pack up their dogs and suitcases for a fun hassle-free vacation!

Paula Terifaj is a retired Orange County, CA professional who is always looking for her next adventure. Ms. Terifaj is very active in local community affairs and is an avid network marketing professional. Dogs have always been her first love, and she has dedicated her life to improve the well-being of all pets. The dog-friendly nature of Desert Hot Springs Inn reflects her love of all pets, especially dogs.


John Coleman hails from Reno, Nevada. For seventeen years, John enjoyed his work as an art instructor helping to teach and inspire the youth in public schools. As a professional muralist, he executed the design and painting of more than one hundred and fifty murals and school mascots.

In the summer of 2011, John moved to California. While he loved the desert climate and its natural beauty, he was finding it difficult to jump start his art career here. Dressed in his paint clothes, he joined the construction crew during Desert Hot Springs Inn’s renovation. Rumor has it that sometime in the near future, John will unleash his artistic talent here at Desert Hot Springs Inn.

Eric Christensen is a former software engineer and all-time computer geek. He keeps us operational by overseeing administrator duties – like paying the bills! Admits his true love is cats and only likes dogs. Confesses to counting the days – or maybe years – until his investment pays off.