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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The Ace was phenomenal. I proposed to my long time girlfriend, Cassie and the team went above and beyond to help setup, even offering suggestions and offering the use of the hotel’s marquee. Truly exceptional service. We had an amazing time with a large group of friends and couldn’t have asked for a better setup.
It is a very hip and trendy hotel for all ages. Polite and quick service. The pool view is really gorgeous at night under the starry skies. Furniture are cool old-school theme but modern as well. Great breakfast and diner lunch and dinner! Only one thing, the full moon drum thing can be taken off.
The staff is incredible, rooms are great and the pool rules!!!! We initially booked only to see Alvarius B and The Invisible Hands (major bonus - it was a FREE show), but we fell in love with this place. We will be back!!!
Where do I begin?
-Food at King's Highway was super tasty and reasonably priced
-Vibe was always super chill
-Kombucha on tap was a real plus
-Being able to go to breakfast in your robe, sit outside and NOT feel weird.
-Staff was ALWAYS cheery and helpful
-Really great massage at the Feel Good Spa
-Having a bike to use to cruise to nearby restaurants.
I could go on and on.... Keep up the great work Ace Motel, we count the days until we're able to join you again!
I came to Ace Hotel & Swim Club to do something nice for myself. Upon check in I was so happy to arrive & was greeted by Josiah who was very polite & welcoming. Without getting into semantics a supervisor (?) was needed during my check in. Her name was Desarae. She was rude to her coworker, she was very rude to me. She cut both of us while trying to speak. I ended up in tears. A couple that were also guests at the hotel came up to me later & said they were sorry for what happened as they saw me checking in alone & felt bad watching me stand there and cry. Apparently Desarae was rude to them and another employee in front of them as well. I’m pretty sure we are not the only guests or employees that have experienced her crummy attitude. I hate that this was such a stain on my experience. Josiah apologised to me, checked me in early. Celeste the GM reached out to me & let me check out an hour late & offered me a meal voucher. I do feel like they made it right. I’d absolutely return to this property despite one person, mostly because the rest of the amazing staff really picked up her slack. Desarae should thank them.