I was in California this summer for what turned out to be an awesome road trip. And of the thousands of miles we covered and dozens of places we visited, the fondest memory of all will definitely go to the Palm Springs Ace Hotel.
Just when Las Vegas had made me lose my faith in humanity, just when the bling and debauchery had gotten me sick to my brain, there it was: an oasis of pure desert bliss. Ace Hotel Palm Springs has everything you need to reboot and white balance. It’s a desert retreat under the ever shining Californian sun.
Whether you stay at the hotel or pay the swim club a day visit, Ace Hotel is the perfect hangout in Palm Springs. The architecture exudes a 1970’s retro feel and the atmosphere is relaxed and fresh. Some rooms feature private patios and some have record players and old vinyls you can play in your room. The common areas are generous and inviting, with fireplaces designed by Stan Bitters and huge sofas to chill on. Two fantastic swimming pools to sunbathe and soak. Oh, and and on weekends there’s a DJ by the main pool. Talk about a pool party.
The resort also boasts a fully kitted-out gym and a Feel Good Spa. And it’s a Foodie-paradise too, with the Amigo bar and the King’s Highway Diner offering a wide array of artisan cocktails, coffee specials and healthy fusion treats. I loved their charro Bowl with beet tzatziki, watercress, grilled asparagus and poached egg. Or the charred shishito peppers with lime and cilantro. Plus there’s always something going on at the Amigo Room: bingo, karaoke, live music…
Everything in Ace Hotel is low-key and of impeccable design. You’ll fall in love with the items by Commune LA design studio, from cushions to lamps and furniture pieces. You can buy some of them at the lobby shop and take a fun selfie at the vintage photobooth while you’re at it. The hotel collaborates with artists from all over the world to curate the music they play and organise temporary installations. I particularly loved the commune art mural, an ephemeral art installation commissioned to San Francisco artist Jenny Sharaf.
Whether you’re a bohemian nomad looking for shelter, a Coachella runaway or a bearded hipster, any excuse is good to hit the Ace Hotel Palm Springs and lay around by the pool, turning pages, sipping cocktails and downing treats.
Ace Hotel Palm Springs – 701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92264 – T: +1 (760) 325 9900
All pictures are mine except for the last, credit to Commune Design.