Monday, July 25, 2011

palm springs living - hotels

part one :: hotels
the ace / the parker / the viceroy

one response to my oft-received question, what do you DO in palm springs? is visit hotels. palm springs is a collection of small and diverse resorts, each with an identity and clientele of its own. i stay at the ace hotel for its atmosphere, price and now familiarity, but i love to cycle over to nearby properties and stop in for cocktails, a meal or just a snoop. while many are worth mentioning, here are three of my favourite palm springs hotels, with snapshots from my most recent trip.
- future palm springs retiree {aka snowbird in training}

sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name... the ace hotel and swim club is my third place. the hotel, a renovated howard johnson, is one of four ace hotel properties, which also include seattle, portland and new york. it has a mid-century, bohemian, minimalist camp vibe and amenities like a restaurant, a bar, two pools, free cruiser bikes, communal fireplaces, a spa, amazing rudy's barbershop products and a killer poolside soundtrack that will have you shazam-ing every fifth song. it's dog friendly, so you'll be competing for lounge chairs {and occasionally even pool time} with pups, as well as cool LA peeps on bridget jones-style mini break.

one day, i'm going to stay at the parker palm springs, where i'll lounge poolside with rachel zoe and hang out in a mini villa named "lola". until that day, i'll continue to pop by the 13-acre resort for brunch al fresco and drinks around the fire pit. this gorgeous and delightfully eccentric hotel was designed by new york designer and potter jonathan adler. it boasts two restaurants, three pools, tennis courts, giant chess, yoga retreats, a spa and a to-die-for lobby and entryway. it's pricey, but if you go during low season - and keep an eye on travel flash-sale sites - you can get lucky. croquet and celebrity sightings, anyone? 

history lesson
the property was california's first holiday inn before becoming gene autry's melody ranch. it was later purchased by merv griffin and run as the givenchy hotel and spa during the 90s. if you recognize the parker name, their original property, new york's le parker meridien, was the official hotel of the rosie o'donnell show {it's scary how advertising stays with us}. staff and guests of the parker were also featured in a six-episode bravo series called welcome to the parker.

the kelly wearstler-designed viceroy palm springs sits conveniently behind downtown palm springs. the hollywood regency-style resort is a yellow, black and white love letter to the desert city's golden age. while the hotel feels intimate, it's deceivingly large, with three pools, a spa and a gorgeous little restaurant. i can't wait to stop by for poolside dinner under lanterns and lemon trees.

{stay tuned for more palm springs posts. past palm springs posts: 1 / 2 / 3}


trip styler said...

I love PS all year round, even in the summer when a personal portable fan is required! Have stayed at the Ace but dying to visit the other props.

Beth McAlpine said...

I'll go to PS & stay at the Parker with you... add it to the list please!