Ace Hotel and Swim Club
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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 Palm Springs combines the best of the Ace brands and Palm Springs. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. Our room was lovely. Fashioned like yurt, we felt like we were worlds away from our busy life. The conference space was very impressive as well. I would love to one day bring my team for an offsite.
Just stopped in for a drink with friends . Sat outside at picnic table .....not the greatest. Ordered a glass of wine . Yes comes in a plastic glass ...yes because of the pool . When the bill came , the little glass of wine ,and i mean little . $16.00 . Thanks but no thanks . Will never be back. Ok if your 20 with mom and dads card . Whole place was very disappointing.
This was my 4th time visiting the uniquely very cool and retro ACE hotel for eats and drinks. As always the service was served with warmth and smiles. A group of 9 we spent a couple of hours eating and celebrating a birthday, generally made to feel very welcome. Already looking forward to the next
This hotel delivers on all of its promises. We booked a room with an outdoor fireplace, which was a great way to spend a weekend in January. The pools were heated and the hot tub was fully functional, so we could enjoy those amenities even in the winter. Staff were all courteous and knowledgeable, and the grounds were kept impeccably clean at all times.
We spent one night at the Ace for a quick getaway, and we loved it. We initially had a problem with our booking and the staff was so nice and helpful in aiding us in resolving the issue. The pool and hot tub area was relaxed with nice music playing that wasn't too loud, and poolside menu was delicious. We ate dinner at the hotel restaurant, King's Highway. The food was pretty good, but the pie was outstanding! There happened to be a wedding at the property during our stay. The live band was so much fun to listen to, and all was quite by 10:30 PM for a restful night's sleep. The only downside to our stay was that they were having a problem with the gas line, so the fireplace in our courtyard was not able to be turned on. They apologized for the inconvenience and waved the resort fee to compensate. Again, very helpful staff. Would definitely stay again.