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Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Palm Springs, California

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Why Stay At Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Canvas-walled rooms with rustic furnishings and plush touches make you feel like you're camping out in style at Palm Springs's hippest hangout.

The Scoop

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club, in California's desert oasis of Palm Springs, represents an exponential leap forward for the cult-favorite hotel brand Ace, which opened its first hotel in Seattle in 1999. In addition to the property's 180 rooms, the bohemian hotel is an expansive, five-acre resort, the kind of carefree, slightly enchanted place where you could easily while away several indolent days. Here, the unique charms are in the details: in lieu of curtains or solar shades for the lobby's oversize plate-glass windows, design firm Commune tapped artist Michael Schmidt to create a massive macramé installation. For the French doors that lead out to the walled-in patios on many of the ground-floor rooms, there is a layer of mosquito netting to blunt the light, and the bedcovers are canvas, punched up a bit with silk-screened abstract graphics by Free City. There's a long arbor lined with hammocks for taking in the shade, and a new retail store and pool kiosk that form the base for a "stargazing deck," complete with lounge chairs. For a city best known for Midcentury Modern architecture and plenty of golf, this hotel injects a kind of youthful can-do exuberance perfectly suited for neo—Rat Packers and Coachella fans.

Insider Tips

Don't miss Monday night bingo (not your grandmother's game) with hostess Linda Girard, a Broadway belter who specializes in sing-along show tunes.

Be sure to schedule a detoxifying Earth Clay wrap or a massage in the Feel Good Spa or a yurt. The spa building also houses a fully equipped gym, which is open 24 hours a day.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) which is approximately 4 miles (about 10 minutes) from the hotel. You may also elect to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is approximately 120 miles (2 hours) away.

701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Deep Outdoor Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Spa Services
In-Room Amenities
  • Mountain or Pool Views
  • Bathroom with Showers
  • Custom Amenities
  • 42" Flatscreen TVs
  • MP3 Plugs
Dining & Nightlife
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Poolside Food Service
  • Entertainment + Events
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Why We Love Palm Springs

Boasting more than 350 sunny days, Palm Springs attracts golfers, tennis players, horseback riders, and hikers. A longtime Hollywood winter getaway, it is also home to large tracts of Atomic Age ranch homes and historically significant buildings by acclaimed 20th-century Modernist architects.

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What to Do: Arrange for a private, customized tour of landmark Modernist architecture, including the former homes of Sinatra and Presley, led by architecture writer Michael Stern. 1-760-898-3403
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Tours from $250 for two people.

Where to Shop When you're finished checking out the Estate Sale stores down the street from the Ace on East Palm Canyon Drive, head to the strip mall on Perez Road in Cathedral City (known as Resale Row) for Danish Modern and Midcentury antiques. The best place to start? Hedge, for eclectic vintage furniture.
68929 Perez Rd., Cathedral City. 1-760-770-0090

Where to Eat: Kiyosaku, the desert's oldest and best sushi restaurant, serves teriyaki black cod, sukiyaki and shabu-shabu, and the local favorite, Kiyo's Original Grapefruit Special, a selection of king crab, scallops, tuna, salmon, and daikon sprouts served in a whole grapefruit.
1555 S. Palm Canyon Dr. 1-760-327 6601
Dinner for two $70.

Where to Drink: On Mondays at the Ace's Amigo Room, a duo of dueling keyboard players—one of whom is said to be a former Village People musician—play 1970s rock while diners sip on small-batch organic liquors and drinks including the Figa (fig-infused vodka, Earl Grey tea, honey, and tangerine juice).
Drinks for two $30.

Swimming pools + mountain ranges = Typical Palm Springs living.

Swimming pools + mountain ranges = Typical Palm Springs living.

Why Go Now

November 1, 2012 - May 19, 2013
Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
The Broadway-like celebration showcases music and dance of the 40s, 50s, and 60s and marks its 20th Anniversary with a new show entitled Follies Forever.

January 3-14, 2013
Palm Springs International Film Festival
The festival will include over 400 screenings of more than 200 films from approximately 60 countries.

January 21-27, 2013
Bob Hope Classic
Watch the pros at one of the most entertaining PGA events on the tour, held on four courses in Coachella Valley.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Palm Springs, California

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