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Be still, breaking hearts – it’s the last day of Palm Springs week! We’ve covered how to get there on the cheap, the must-stay hotels, and your essential pools and spas. We’re wrapping up today with forthcoming hotels that should be on your radar in the coming months – either brand new or refurbished.
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The hot spring pool at The Spring
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The adult pool at the Parker
Pools are difficult, of course, because everyone wants something different from them. I want to do a bit of swimming. You want to tread water under the sun wearing your brand new fedora. He wants to read by it. She wants to drink so much that she vomits on it. And that couple – you know there’s always that couple – wants to dry-hump in it. Is there one Palm Springs pool to rule them all? Not really. But here are 10 that might get you what you want.
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The pool at the Sparrows
Yesterday we told you how to get there on the cheap. Today, here are your must-stay hotels. Or, rather, my must-stay hotels - as I said yesterday, Palm Springs caters for all types of people, and one man's Hard Rock is another man's Motel 6. However, having stayed in all these (apart from Caliente Tropics) and more, these are my top 10 in the city.
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The Del Marcos
Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week. Your essential pools, spas and hotels are all to come, but for today, here’s how to get there on the cheap.
Palm Springs is one of those places that can be whatever you want it to be. Retro or hipster. Gay or bro-ey. Active or poolside. Gourmet or cheap-omelet-with-bottomless-‘champagne’. Cheap or luxury.
Or, if you know how, cheap and luxury. Here are five ways to make it so. You’re welcome.
Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs is reason alone to get excited. But this opening is doubly important because it actually took SEVEN YEARS for this hotel to happen. (It's a long story, which you catch up on here.)
But opening woes aside, the Ritz is a welcome addition to the desert luxury scene which has been lacking as of late. Here's are some highlights of the new Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage:
· Private balcony or patio with your guest room
· Asprey bath toiletries
· State Fare Bar + Kitchen serving local sourced dishes, classic American cocktails and a serious collection of American Wines.
· The Edge Steakhouse, opening in the fall, with its own dry-aging room, "remarkable" prime steak and seafood and a dramatic cliffside setting
· The Air Pool, a necessity here, will also have a poolside bar. Pina coladas for everyone!
· A 15-room Ritz-Carlton spa with a hair and nail salon too.
Rooms start at $369 a night for a king room this weekend. (The club level rooms at the Ritz will open later this fall.) There is also a $30 resort fee which includes complimentary exercise classes in the fitness center, internet, morning coffee, bottled water, newspaper delivery and interestingly, the use of mountain bikes.
Admit, it. You've probably thought about what it's like to actually live in a hotel. The thought is totally normal, especially when you think about the daily housekeeping, trendy design and staff often responding to most every want. Well, this idea can be a reality with a trip to the desert of Palm Springs and your own little slice of the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Hard Rock is looking for people, regular people like yourself, to invest in the luxury 163-room resort in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. With a little professional help from RealtyMogul.com, interested (and cashed-up) parties will register their desire to be part of the America's first fully online crowd-funded hotels.
Benefits for signing a check with a few more decimals than a night's stay extend way beyond bragging rights. Individual investors in the hotel will receive VIP benefits ranging from free use of the hotel owner poolside cabana, 25% discounts off the best available room rates and free room upgrades. Even if you're not a regular to Coachella Valley Music Festival, this might be a good reason to get away to the desert more often.
Palm Springs has quietly been undergoing a bit of a hotel renaissance. Not only will the brashy Hard Rock Hotel brand open on October 4th and the Kimpton will open in 2015, but the desert resort city now has two new (quieter) hotels to try. That's in addition to the four new hotels that have opened since November of last year.
Just opened this past weekend is the Monroe Palm Springs on North Palm Canyon Drive, which was formerly America's Best Value Inn. The property has been fully renovated and in a green way too, repurposing as many materials as possible. For example, the pool towel bins are made from the old window sills. But even though the hotel is "green", it's hue of choice is actually orange, which is found everywhere from the bedspreads to the walls to the pool chairs. Interestingly, there's no mention of Marilyn Monroe at the hotel but we can't help but wonder if that giant statue of her, that was recently on display in town, was an inspiration.
Rates for the rooms start at $100 a night for a regular room (suites are $150) and come with coffee-makers, free WIFi and complimentary hot breakfast at the neighboring Rick’s Restaurant and Bakery. Oh and pets are welcome too.
We won't lead you on any longer. The answer is a big fat NO. Here's what happened:
Five years ago, long before the economic collapse, Mondrian Hotels announced their plans to develop a hotel across from the Palm Springs Convention Center at Calle Alvarado and Amado. The hotel was shelved for obvious reasons after the markets tanked but yet was revived back in 2011. A Mondrian was still expected to rise with 200 hotels room and residences.
But somewhere along the road, that deal fell apart. (Perhaps because of Mondrian's parent company's internal woes.) And it was only just this past March, that developer CDI Ventures actuallyl got the official go ahead from the city of Palm Springs to purchase the land and develop a five-star luxury hotel. And guess who will be running it?
Last week, we got a sneak peek at the upcoming Hard Rock Palm Springs which we initially thought would open in September. Turns out the opening will actually happen on October 4 but the good news is, you can book a room today.
We found rates on opening night, a Friday night, for just $262 a night. Rates dip to $193 on Monday but are pretty much around the $250 mark for the rest of the month. (Weekends are higher of course.)
The Hard Rock Palm Springs will have a total of 163 rooms, including a VIP rock star suite as well as a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness centers, a Rock Shop gift store, a few restaurants, a happening pool scene and tons of rock n' roll memorabilia.
The only bummer here is that the Hard Rock will be charging a resort fee of $30 a night. That includes internet, valet parking and a shuttle from the airport so you do get something for it. Oh well, add them to the list!
The Hard Rock Palm Springs is getting ready to rock the desert. When we daytripped to PS the other week, we noticed a few billboards teasing the impending arrival of the rocking hotel brand. Sure enough, the website is up and running and all systems are a go for a September opening. And now we've got some hotel renderings to share too.
The Hard Rock Palm Springs, which was formerly the Hotel Zoso, will have 160 rooms, a VIP rock star suite, a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness centers, a Rock Shop gift store, a few restaurants and of course, a happening pool scene. It will also have some crazy sexy "stair gallery" where we gather there will be tons of rock n' roll memorabilia to ogle. We're also digging the sexy lobby bar lounge.
We expect rates to be around $250 a night but when Coachella rolls into town in April, that will go way, way, way up.
[Photo: HotelChatter; Renderings: Hard Rock Hotels]
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The other week we popped into the Viceroy Palm Springs and saw Audrey and Frank waiting for us at the koi pond by the entrance. And by Audrey and Frank we mean white and black bicycles with Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra's photos on them.
The bikes are courtesy of Palm Springs' Celebrity Bike Rentals and are available to Viceroy Hotel guests as part of the $30 resort fee (that fee also includes WiFi, overnight valet parking and coffee and tea from 6am to 11am.) While the Viceroy is pretty walkable to the fun shops and restaurants of Indian Canyon Drive, riding a bike will get you around from one air-conditioned spot to the next a little faster.