This week we’re in the mood for swaying palm trees, swinging poolside parties and swanky suites… so we’re off to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in groovy Palm Springs. A two-hour drive east of Los Angeles, this stylish SoCal desert town is the storied hideout of Hollywood stars and a draw for industry insiders and creative types.
Style Hipster’s canyon commune
Setting South of downtown
Why this week? Feeling the urge to roll the top down, crank the stereo and just drive off into the distance? Then Palm Springs is the perfect point on the horizon for your cinematic escape. The desert heats up tremendously in the summer, so make a spring break for beautiful balmy days and starry-skied nights. (What’s more, Smith members can extend the weekend with our 20 per cent off 3 nights offer).
Our favourite bits Here lies a former 1960s drive-in motel and diner that died and went to hotel heaven. Walls draped in fabrics lend a luxe campsite feel and the vintage furniture and record players with stacks of vinyl gives each room a retro swing. The ubiquitous arts and handicrafts all complement the creative community perched poolside (with cocktails in hand, of course). Join them for a dip in one hotel’s two pools, bubble together in a hot tub beneath the open desert sky or duck into a massage yurt for a botanical facial or hot stone massage.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Mr Smith and I make our way into the lobby, slipping off our sunglasses and wiping our brows before taking a peek into the California-cool diner. I can’t help but singing to myself, ‘You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.’ It’s like we’ve walked into our favourite dive bar – outfitted even with a vintage photo booth – only here, ‘last call’ means a short walk to your hotel room rather than a cold and cruel search for a taxi. We exchange knowing looks – this isn’t the hotel of relaxing days and calm, quiet nights. The Ace Hotel and Swim Club, as the many full-sized bottles of liquor in our room attest, is for the young at heart with thriving livers, constant hunger pangs, and a propensity for surviving in intense heat’.’ Read the full anonymous review of Ace Hotel & Swim Club.
You say… ‘Expansive pool area with plenty of sun beds and super-cool circular sunshades which we had fun twisting round, plus cool poolside bar. Note my extensive use of the word ‘cool’ – it’s definitely the definitive term at this hotel which is focused on making you feel like a rock star on a weekend retreat – even if you aren’t.’ (Samantha, GoldSmith, stayed on 21 Aug 2012.) Read the full guestbook entry for Ace Hotel & Swim Club.