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.
701 E. Palm Canon DR
Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms
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