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What We Love

  • Retro ’50s style and fantastic midcentury motel vibe
  • Patio rooms and suites come with record players and records
  • Rock ’n’ roll poolside scene
  • King’s Highway Restaurant — amped-up roadside diner food

What To Know

  • Dog-friendly vibe, but you must book a Patio Room; fees apply
  • Relatively simple rooms; it’s all about the outside scene here
  • Modern & kitschy design
  • Quick 10-minute ride to/from the airport

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Midcentury motel turned hipster hangout with vintage digs and a rock ’n’ roll poolside scene

The Look

The Ace Palm Springs is simply fun—a cool hotel in a cool town. This former 1960s Howard Johnson has been updated with all the accoutrements required by the hipster set, rocking a retro ’60s vibe while rooms are a little more flea-market chic. Whitewashed guest rooms are kitted out with vintage furniture, hand-printed canvas bed throws, old-school prints, and plantation shutter-style walls, whose bathrooms come with cozy robes and amenities from Rudy’s Barbershop and views come courtesy of the mountains all around Palm Springs. Standard Kings are equipped with radios and turntables (and a pile of cool vinyl). For extra lounge space, book a Patio Room for a living area and patio decked out with rugs, potted plants, and sofas. The pool scene here sizzles morning, noon, and night thanks to the sexy clientele, yurt cabanas, DJs spinning dance tunes, and ice cream truck-turned-bar that serves alcoholic snow cones, naturally. Bust out the flip-flops and Ray-Bans, because this isn’t your Rat Pack’s Palm Springs. Things verge on rambunctious but never get obnoxious. The scene is accessible and simultaneously exclusive, like some kind of awesome summer camp. A big perk is that the Ace is very dog-friendly. In fact, it’s the only hotel around that seems to actually prefer that you bring a dog. This not only adds to the laid-back atmosphere, but a bark can sometimes be the perfect conversation starter.

In the Area

Nearby there are some great spots: Wang’s in the Desert has the best happy hour around, and Spa Resort Casino rocks a classic casino scene. For a caffeine and muffin fix, hit Café au Lait at Koffi, the local pet-friendly hangout. Clear your mind at the Indian Canyons, with more than 15 miles of spectacular desert oases to explore. And for desert-battered skin, head to Ace’s Feel Good Spa and book the Superfood Revitalizing Facial, which revives your skin with raw living botanical ingredients.

How to Get There

Ace Hotel and Swim Club
701 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 1008 Reviews
it was fine
Reviewed 2 days ago

it was very nice what I didn't like at all was that it's so hard to find you're I went in a circle two times until I found my room. and the food was delicious but I and my family had to wait over an hour to get our food and others that came after us got their dinner earlier.The rooms were a little to small I had to sleep on the ground on a mattress witch
was kind of fun but kind of unconfrontable to
Other then that it was very entertaining and the pool was amazing.

Not Aces
Reviewed 2 days ago

The good- Its Clean, the staff are pleasant. Location is decent.

The Bad- it has a commune vibe and too basic to justify the price. I’ve stayed at hostels that are nicer. The Sagauro is less costly, pool area much nicer and scenic.

The Ugly- they screwed up our vacation .Everyone makes mistakes but it’s the resolution that makes the difference and at the Ace they failed. They screwed up our reservation and blamed our vacation provider. Our vacation was extended one day earlier within 24 hours and over a month ago. When arriving, they claimed that our reservation was for the next day, they never received the change, and they had no room available at that time. They recommended a cheap, (for a reason!) hotel. Luckily we had a car rental and are familiar with the area otherwise we would have been hooped. It’s not only the additional cost that was a kick in the teeth, it was the loss of time. We had plans that night and next day but had to cancel to wait around to settle in. Next morning, we went with the itinerary and invoice to show them it was not our vacation providers error. The nice front desk staff took the copy and went into a office. Returning sheepish- the brave staff admitted the change was sent but it was missed cause it was at the bottom or some confusion.They were not even really apologetic...kind of don’t admit fault attitude? They advised they would prepare a room and call when one was ready. It was late noon - 3pm when receiving the call which is understandable with check outs but does it take 5 hours to clean one room? We were able to pass time by having coffee, lunch and shopping but it’s an uneasy feeling while your waiting to settle in on vacation. I would expectsome kind of assistance, gesture or redemption for the inconvenience of losing a day and a half but there was nothing! Super disappointed. They are grossly overestimating their establishment by not trying to redeem themselves- they are not the Bellagio!

A hipster hotel
Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed our stay at the Ace Hotel, however it's important anyone staying there knows what to expect. It is an old motel which has had a hipster renovation, which we liked. The welcome note and cookie was a nice touch. The room didn't have a coffee machine though as we were expected to use the cafe to buy coffee, but there is a great coffee shop across the road as well.
The pool area is awesome, I wish the weather had been warmer for us to enjoy it more. The diner is also good, with great burgers and cocktails.
The Ace Hotel won't be for everyone. We had to carry our suitcases up the stairs and it is an old motel with outdoor corridors. It is a fun place to stay through if you know what to expect.

Lunch - Ho Hum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sought out this venue due to good reviews and Desert X hub. Cocktails amazing (recommend the Paloma) however food we waited over an hour for (quoted 30 mins) my salad had been under great lamps and inedible, partners burger bun stale. Go for drinks and atmosphere not food.

Converted Motel 6, which is being very generous
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As I sit in my room I can hear the people next-door brushing their teeth, on the toilet and listening to the gas
A wrap from their lower orifice.

For $400 it’s a complete rip off I wouldn’t stay here for free.

Please do yourself a favor and drive by or keep swiping to the right or left