PALM SPRINGS HOTEL
Can you believe there isn’t already a hotel in Palm Springs called the Palm Springs Hotel? Well there will be from Labor Day (August 29). The hotel replaces the Palm Grove, uptown, and promises “a new twist to desert modernist architecture” with 21st-century accoutrements like Apple TVs in every room and tailor-made art and furnishings by ModShop by Room Service.
Once owned by Alan Ladd, the old Spanish Inn on Indian Canyon opposite Alcazar will become the Triada Palm Springs, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Originally planned for this summer, it’s now looking like fall for this 56-room property – though even that seems optimistic, seeing as it doesn’t feature yet on Marriott’s website.
ARRIVE PALM SPRINGS
Ezra ‘Sixth Employee of Facebook’ Callahan’s much awaited 32-room hotel in the Uptown Design District was due to open this year (it still sports a “most antipated hotel of 2014” plaudit on its website, but Arrive Palm Springs won’t be coming any time soon – according to the hotel, they’ve just commenced primary construction, and according to the Palm Springs CVB, it’s slated for “early 2015”.
SPA RESORT CASINO
Though the casino remains open, the Spa Resort’s hotel, spa and fitness center closed July 8 for renovations. No more taking of the water rituals at the hot springs! Devastating. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians haven’t said exactly what will happen to it, other than that the hotel and spa will be torn down over the next 12-16 months. Cross your fingers it’ll be back – according to the Tribe’s website, the hot springs should remain.
The Horizon quietly closed in April, and its voicemail states that it is “closed for extensive summer renovations”. We emailed the hotel for more details, but haven’t heard back; but according to this Yelp review (which we can’t verify), “The new owner is going to go upscale and rooms will start at $500 a night.” When I drove by last week, it seemed quiet, but two builders were standing around outside. There are no dates available on its website, though.
Any more newbies or renewbies in Palm Springs? Let us know in comments below! Meanwhile, the Palm Springs CVB keeps tabs on what's to come: their site is here.
[Renderings of Arrive/The Palm Springs Hotel: the hotels. Triada photo: Desert Sun]