Set in the desert outpost of Palm Springs just east of LA, the Ace Palm Springs is a sprawling, high-design 1970s throwback – renovated from a 1965 Howard Johnson motor Lodge.
Entirely solar-powered (thanks to the 354 days of sunshine the Springs receive per year), the hotel is a lot more than just a sepia-toned, rough and ready take on the design hotel.
With spongy, tanned-leather seating, a rope-festooned lobby from costumier Michael Schmidt, a giant Swim Club pool, and rooms replete with vintage vinyl and Americana aplenty – the Ace could happily accommodate everyone from Tarrantino to Thelma and Louise.
Best known for visits from sun-seeking West Coasters, Palm Springs offers no shortage of extra-curricular indulgences. Not willing to miss a trick, the Ace Palm Springs Spa comes complete with several expansive, cedar-lined treatment rooms.
Offering a range of massages including the ‘Good Together’ couples experience; Mama Goodness – for those of pregnant disposition, and even massages in an external Mongolian Yurt – Ace Palm Springs is a surreal slice of American hospitality, in the middle of the desert. §