3 June 2012


There's something about the combination of palm trees, baron mountain ranges and a hazy sun that makes Palm Springs really appeal to me. I also have a weird love for 1960's style roadside motels, so it's not easy to see why I need to visit the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs.

According to Mr and Mrs Smith, this "hipster canyon commune" is a motel that died and went to hotel heaven. Originally a 1965 Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, the hotel was brought back to life by the Ace Hotels group in 2009 with a mix of mid-century decor, mojave desert inspired textiles, concrete, timber, canvas and leather to create a laid back oasis in the middle of the californian desert.

Like the other hotels in the Ace family, it's the little quirks like the retro caravan pool bar, lobby photo booth, communal outdoor fire places, vintage record players, bingo nights and vespa hire that make it ooze understated cool.


Image Source: Ace Hotel,  Wallpaper, Lane Dittoe and Jessica Claire

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