My recent Palm Springs adventure began with an invitation to the Colony Palms Hotel. Let me begin by saying, I LOVE this place. If you want a mix of history, haute style and an even hotter climate, this little desert treasure has it all.
Recommended Resort: The Colony Palms Hotel
Turns out the Spanish Colonial-style property boasts a history as steamy as the temperature. Originally christened the Colonial House by Purple Gang mobster Al Wertheimer in 1936, the hotel attracted an enthusiastic crowd, not only for the sunshine and seclusion, but also for the notorious speakeasy and brothel hidden inside. In the late 1940s, the hotel became the Howard Manor under the stewardship of Robert and Andrea Leeds Howard, owners of the champion thoroughbred Seabiscuit, and enjoyed many years and many guests from the Hollywood set. Only recently did the property get an extensive renovation and new name, transforming the grounds into a four-star boutique resort for a new generation of willing patrons.
Much of the hotel’s legacy is preserved in the new design, including the Spanish Colonial architecture sprinkled with ample doses of Moroccan flavor and Hollywood glamour. But unlike the neighboring Riviera hotel, a huge resort complex that feels straight out of Vegas in scope and ostentation, the Colony Palms feels authentic and intimate, and totally unpretentious.
Check in: Colony Palms Hotel, 572 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 800-557-2187, www.colonypalmshotel.com.
Check out: The pool’s the place to be, especially when temperatures hover around 100 in the shade. I found my spot under an umbrella and watched as several couples enjoyed a cool down in the water. Fortunately, the pool also sits right alongside the resort’s restaurant, aptly named the Purple Palm, where the drinks and small dishes flow endlessly throughout the day. I especially enjoyed my warm weather cocktail, an orange vanilla concoction, which offered a refreshing respite from the heat. The restaurant also serves a delicious dinner menu for those seeking a meal al fresco or in the comfort of the air-conditioned dining room.
Don’t Miss: The hotel spa, a Moroccan-inspired oasis with four treatment rooms, offers a variety of wonderful massages and facial goodies. Quiet and beautifully appointed, it’s a heavenly haven not to be missed.
Blog Post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of The Colony Palms Hotel.