The hubs and I spent our New Years Eve at the uber hip Ace Hotel & swim club in Palm Springs with some friends.
I had heard of this “adult campground” since its arrival in the sleepy desert in 2009, but until now had never been. Overall, it has a hipster vibe with mid-century furnishings and a quirky staff (i.e. the singing hostess, Linda Gerard). Unfortunately, we were there for less than 24 hours and didn’t have the time to explore every corner of the hotel (the spa, the clubhouse, etc.), but it was fun to get lost in a world of hip perfection, where everything is an experience and in its right place. Right off the main road in Palm Springs proper, this hotel is central to the shops and restaurants if you feel like renting one of the hotel’s Vespas or bicycles to venture off the property.
After doing a little research, I found out that the Ace Hotel chain (other locations include Seattle, Portland, and NYC) was started by the founders of the unisex hair salon, Rudy’s, so it makes perfect sense that the Palm Springs location has its aesthetic down to an art. Even more surprising is that the location used to house a Howard Johnson motel, and the adjoining diner was once a Denny’s now called King’s Highway, and not to be missed if you want some grub while staying here. If you’re a coffee lover, get a cup of the hotel’s delicious Stumptown Coffee and don’t forget to try the parmesan hash browns! So good!
My previous experiences with Palm Springs were few and far between, but what I can recall are some pretty hilarious nights spent looking for something fun to do that didn’t require you to be in your sixties. Now with the Ace Hotel in place, a number of cool, new shops in the center of town, and the Coachella Valley Music Festival looming in the background, Palm Springs is now a happening place for twenty and thirty-somethings.
I can’t wait to go back and spend more time and sightsee in this town that is just a stone’s throw from Los Angeles.
Happy 2013 everyone!!
xoxo, miss notsocoy (and Gary)