Palm Springs Travel Guide
Last time we checked in on L’Horizon Palm Springs, the trumped up new name for the midcentury Horizon Palm Springs, it was preparing to reopen after a nearly year-long refurbishment, gunning for the top end PSP clientele.
Well now it’s open, the website is finally up and running (kind of - we still can’t see anything but a seductive lady on the homepage and the reservations tab) and the photos are in. So without further ado, here’s the new look:
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First, Arrive. No extra info on the project since we last checked in – but from these photos it looks like the winter opening may finally be on track. Look at those midcentury lines!
As if there wasn’t already enough upheaval in the wonderful world of Palm Springs, here comes more big news: the Colony Palms has been sold, and is going to spend the next few months getting its face lifted.
Palisades Hospitality Group (which has a 30-strong portfolio across California, Hawaii and Mexico including the El Dorado in Sonoma) and CovoCapital (a San Francisco-based investment company) snapped it up last week, and have already announced “enhancements” to the spa, Purple Palm restaurant, and guestrooms, along with landscaping changes and an extra 1200 square feet of event space being created (hopefully not out of the lush gardens).
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One of L'Horizon's sexy ladies
It’s summer in the Coachella Valley, which means searing temperatures, misters working overtime and – most importantly – lowered prices. Palm Springs, too, is a huge Fourth of July destination, so what better time to recap all the openings and happenings in PSP?
Remember way back last year when we talked about the Horizon having closed unexpectedly? It’s reopening this week as L’Horizon Resort & Spa. Its 25 Cody-built bungalows have been revamped, there’s an infinity pool and the grounds span 3 acres. The as yet untitled restaurant will be helmed by Giacomo Pettinari, a Michelin-starred chef who was last at Valentino in LA, and is spouting all the organic and biodynamic buzzwords you might expect from a sleek California place rather than a retro PSP hotel. L’Horizon has already signed up to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World. No photos yet, other than sexy ladies, and no word on rates – you have to email the hotel a reservation request. Let’s hope they change that pronto!
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Pack the sunscreen and sunglasses, as Kimpton is expanding their hotel footprint as they move into Palm Springs. There will be plenty of time to prepare—and to save up for a visit—as things are slated to start welcoming guests in 2016.
According to the folks over at The Desert Sun, it’s all new construction and things are well underway. The cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats are arriving on-site, as it won’t be long until the 155-rooms open up for business in the Museum Market Plaza. There’s been some delays here and there, but it does sound like things are finally on schedule. Again it’s 2016—fall to be specific.
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Time to change up the welcome mat!
Remember last month's news that Proper Hospitality Group would be taking over Viceroy's Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Viceroy Palm Springs and using them to create a new hotel brand, Avalon Hotels? No? That's ok. Here's the recap.
Anyways, tomorrow, April 7, is the day for the Palm Springs hotel to drop all Viceroy association and turn into an Avalon. Here's the note from the Viceroy Palm Springs hotel website about the change:
Effective April 7, 2015, Viceroy Palm Springs will no longer be managed by Viceroy Hotel Group. On this date, the hotel name will change to Avalon Hotel Palm Springs and Proper Hospitality will take over hotel management. As a guest of Avalon Hotel Palm Springs, you will receive the same services and amenities that you would have received under the previous management.
Indeed, considering the recent reviews on TripAdvisors are rather amazing, we doubt Avalon will change up anything. We also hear that Avalon Hotels will unveil their new brand website shortly which will be fun to look at as well.
Meanwhile, actually staying at The Avalon in Palm Springs this weekend will be an expensive stay. There are only suites available starting at around $1,700 a night. However, rates for next weekend are a bit more reasonable at $500 a night, plus a $30 resort fee per day which includes valet parking, WiFi, and coffee in the morning.
Thinking about your next Andazm? We know we are and if you can “wait for it” along with us, here’s a totally spot-on location – eternally hip Palm Springs. Yep, Andaz Palm Springs is coming to the California Desert but not until late 2016.
Still, when Andaz does the desert, it will do so in the heart of the Uptown Design District, a mile-long stretch of cool boutiques and great eats, and the iconic Palm Canyon Drive.
The hotel will offer 150 rooms, 17 suites, and two outdoor pools surrounded by an elevated terrace with bar (of course,) desert-friendly gardens, and plenty of party space, a Palm Springs prerequisite.
Indoors, expect a signature restaurant and lounge, spa and fitness center, indoor/outdoor meeting space, and the Andaz Salon, a celebration of local culture through live performances, exhibits, and exclusive special events.
The rendering above features Andaz's cool urban vibe while keeping a low profile, which is the norm for mid-century dominated Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains while deep overhangs keep things cool.
In September of 2013, Palm Springs lost one of its most treasured buildings to fire, the Community Church of Palm Springs, a city landmark dating back to 1935. The photo below shows the church post-fire. Also damaged was the adjacent Orchid Tree Inn property which included several historic bungalows.
So now, what better news could we share other than not only are these endangered buildings being saved, they are getting a new life as a luxury hotel, The Orchid Tree Resort and Spa.
It’s getting close! Last time we heard about the Palm Springs Hotel, it was taking reservations for a 23 November opening, having hit a construction snag for its planned August opening date. But things have forged ahead, and the hotel is now taking reservations from 10 November. Not only that, but the first pictures have finally arrived. And they’re exciting.
Subtle throwbacks to midcentury modern, but not in an overly kitsch way. Modern, but classically so – it’s beautifully pitched. Simple, stone (unless that’s wood) flooring, flashes of color and Palm Springs legends on the walls. And this bathroom!
Take us there now.
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As the temperature drops from “inferno” to “tannable” in the Coachella Valley, there’s lots going on in the Palm Springs hotel scene. A new restaurant? A hotel opening? A sad demolition? Here’s what’s happening:
· Here’s the first picture from the forthcoming Palm Springs Hotel. Originally slated for an August opening, it “hit a construction snag” but is now on course, with the website taking reservations from 23 November, with rooms from $139 on opening night ($119 the following week).
It was a time when its Doric columns over the porte cochère symbolised the elegance within, and the fountain outside was as thrilling as the Bellagio Fountains of the 21st century.
Yes, it’s Throwback Thursday, and we’re in Palm Springs, courtesy of a vintage postcard from the Palm Springs Visitor Center (they sell them for $1.99). It’s the 1960s, and we’re at the Riviera, that Ratpack favorite that opened in 1958 as the first hotel in the US to be built in a “spoke wheel” shape. Back then, it was every bit as sophisticated as Las Vegas.
Of course, Palm Springs is still sophisticated, even if we can’t say the same for Vegas. The Riviera has undergone a snazzy refurbishment with some seriously beautiful decor in the rooms, but to us, it’s still the most Vegassy of Coachella Valley hotels – when we stayed, we were surrounded by a hard-drinking, scantily-clothed and pool partying contingent.
Not particularly eagle-eyed readers of HC will know we love the Parker Palm Springs with a passion that verges on the stalkeroo, but that our passion is burning a rather large hole in our pockets.
So join with us in rejoicing that the Parker is turning 10 years old on October 1, and to celebrate, it’s inviting us all over for a party at a pretty spectacular rate: a four-course dinner at Mister Parker’s and a room for just $75 per person.