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Apologies for the shaky video. Our camera was obviously as excited by the color palette as we were
Yesterday we waxed lyrical over the bathrobes at The Colony Palms, but toweling doth not make a hotel stay alone, so it’s time to delve into the rest of the set up. As we said yesterday, we scored a major deal on Hotwire - $66 for a room that normally would cost $199. As we were coming straight from a stay at the swanky Parker (more on that to come) we thought we’d be in line for a massive downgrade. Here’s what we found.
A rollercoaster of slight emotions, was check in. We pulled up outside the entrance, by a sign saying valet only – but there was no valet, so we judged it ok to leave the car there as we checked in. Slightly antsy, we walked into the lobby – white and purple walls, antique-looking furniture and old Hollywood style pictures. It looked Mexican crossed with Moroccan, and we had a glimpse of a lovely looking garden and pool. We relaxed. Then we heard the people ahead of us complaining about their belongings having been removed from their room, even though they hadn’t checked out. None of the staff seemed to be apologizing and the family was getting more and more irate. We got concerned.
Then it was our turn and the same guy who had seemed unconcerned about the angry people’s predicament turned out to be the perfect checker inner. He told us our room had been upgraded, asked about our journey, said he hoped we’d like it here better than the Parker, and recommended us places in town to go get our drink on. His name was Cesar and he was fabulous. Phew! Our emotional rollercoaster ended on a high.
One of the main things that makes us feel all snuggly in a hotel room, company and merlot aside? A good bathrobe. And, being bathrobe geeks, there are several categories we judge our robes on – from texture (not too soft but not too scratchy) and absorbency (should dry without getting wet itself) to length (too short, it’s cold and indecent, too long it’s like a shroud) and overall pleasantness of appearance. When all these things converge, it’s the matrix for toweling heaven.
Recently, we stayed at The Colony Palms hotel in Palm Springs, and although the bathrobes weren’t as fancy as some of this lot, we were very taken by them. Mainly because they did the stuff in terms of practicalities, and then accessorized with little white hoods.
If you want to hang out at the Colony Palms Hotel’s pool, but realize that your old bathing suit needs an upgrade, you can check out the new collection of solid-colored two-pieces from company Pool Swimwear.
Pool Swimwear says it offers sleek, neutral-hued suits that are comfy and offer better coverage than the barely there itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny numbers. The bathing suits are made from Italian four-way stretch fabric, and the tops have boning so your girls won't spill out and cause a wardrobe malfunction that’ll leave you mortified when you take a dip in the hotel pool.
Looking for a quick getaway to someplace warm? Here's a special deal for you sweet HotelChatter readers: The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs is offering our readers a free upgrade at check-in and two complimentary glasses of champagne upon arrival.
The booking code to use online is CHAT. The deal will expire at the end of April and the upgrade is based upon availability.
We checked multiple rates for the weekends and they all seem to start at $279 a night for a basic Superior King room. The next room category is the Deluxe King room which has either a claw-foot bathtub or fireplace. Over the weekend of April 23, we did see a smaller room category open up, the Colony King, for $259 a night.
However, the weekend of Coachella, which is April 16-18, room rates jump to $499 a night for a Superior King.
Summer in Palm Springs can make you feel like you're vacationing on the surface of the sun, but if you're willing to take a little heat, you can find some amazing desert deals like a room at the Riviera Resort and Spa for $99. That's an even smaller number than the readout on the thermometer during the hot months.
We read the small print for you on this offer, and it turns out that this rate is good for a weekday stay and can only be applied to one of the five "Riviera King" rooms at the resort. If those are taken, there are an additional three "Classic" rooms that are book-able for $119. So yeah, eight special rooms out of a total of 406. That's not much, but it's better than none at all.
At only $99 a room on weeknights now through May 31, you can live it up Old Hollywood-style for Depression-era prices at The Colony Palms. The offer is good for stays Sunday-Thursday nights, which is a pretty great deal considering the cheapest mid-week rate we could find in April was about $229.
Some Like It Hot at the Colony Palms Scene
$99 a night
If a few high temperatures don't stress you out, we've just found that there are some truly good deals to be had at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs. They're putting on a bunch of specials under a "Some Like It Hot" banner and the room rates are dirt cheap.
The best looking deal is a weekend stay starting at only $99 per night (Colony or Superior King rooms)--that's less than half the average rack rate.
Now that gay marriage has been legalized in California, Ellen Degeneres and longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi are planning to wed -- and likely in a major, major way.
Page Six reports:
An insider tells Page Six they plan to hold the nuptials at the Riviera Resort and Spa in Palm Springs. "They didn't sign the contract yet, but they're working out final details and security," said the source.
"The hotel is doing $70 million in renovations that will be done in October. They said they wanted to have the ceremony in the tropical gardens by the pool and the reception in the grand ballroom. They will also close a significant portion of the hotel, so it looks big."
And they mean big: the function space in the hotel, upon its Fall 2008 reopening, is second only in size to the Palm Springs convention center and can accommodate events with guest lists up to 1,000.
We love us some Ellen, so we're happy to hear this thing will be huge and we certainly hope our invitations don't get lost in the mail.
While it's definitely the off-season for Palm Springs right now, it's also the best time to take advantage of cheap room rates at some of the desert's best hotels. We'll be rounding up some of the Palm Springs area's (including Palm Desert) most notable hotels this week. Got any suggestions or questions? Let us know.
Located behind Palm Canyon Drive on South Indian Canyon, the Zoso has a boutique hotel feel with a dash of zen. Rooms are tricked out with modern decor ("plush textures beside cool stainless steel"), 42-inch flat screen TVs, luxury sheets (although these could be fake) and faux fur throws. Uh...it's the desert. You might not need those fur throws this summer.
Entitled "It's Fun to Vacation at Clothing-Optional and Nudist Resorts," the blog is written by owners Tom and Mary Clare and covers all sorts of topics ranging from current issues that affect the nudist community to last-minute cancellations and availability at the Inn.
Since the Inn prides itself on being a friendly, welcoming and supportive place for first-time clothing-optional vacationers, the blog features a ton of content focused on giving first-timers the kind of comfort and encouragement they may need to debut their goodies with confidence.
Next summer, these rooms will be looking a lot better!
Looks like we weren't the only ones who thought the Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs was in poor shape. The hotel was just sold and its new owner wants to (thankfully) spend some money on prettying the place up.
The Memphis Biz Journal reports that next summer the hotel will being an $18.9 million renovation:
The renovation will touch virtually every aspect of the hotel, including redesigns of the lobby, atrium, restaurant, and lounge, while guest suites will be fully refurbished with luxury-quality finishes and 37" flat panel TVs in the bedroom of the suites and 42" flat panel TVs in the parlor. A new fitness center, full-service spa and new pool will be added as well.
We can't stress enough how badly this hotel need a re-do. Let's hope they double-proof the window panes too to keep out the street noise.
The hotel will remain a Hyatt and we expect prices to jump a bit but it wasn't exactly a cheap hotel to start with and now you will be relaxing in comfort.
While it's definitely the off-season for Palm Springs right now, it's also the best time to take advantage of cheap room rates at some of the desert's best hotels. We'll be rounding up some of the Palm Springs area's (including Palm Desert) most notable hotels this month. Got any suggestions or questions? Let us know.
Yes, this picture was taken this year. Hard to believe, we know.
This oddly-shaped hotel (we think its like a trapezoid) is located on Palm Canyon Drive, right smack in the middle of where everything goes off at night. All rooms are one-bedroom suites with their own private balcony, granting you plenty of space to recuperate from a hangover at a boozy night out.
However, there is a catch to being close to all the action.