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
My daughter has grown up loving this hotel, so it was no surprise she wanted to spend her 16th birthday here. The pool staff were excellent, as always and made the stay that much more enjoyable.
Side note: I think it's terrible that they are forced to dispose of dirty diapers, though. Those items are bio waste and should be managed by the parents/caregivers. (I am a parent and have never put a server or attendant in that position.)
I'm an entertainment journalist based in LA but am from Portland, OR; my sister came down for a visit this weekend and we wanted to do a day trip to Palm Springs. I'd been a longtime fan of the Ace in Portland and knew I'd like the vibe and had heard great things about the Swim Club location.
When we pulled up, I was a bit worried it'd be a "loud pool party scene" with drunk people screaming etc. But from the minute we checked in, I knew we weren't in LA anymore because people were actually NICE. The front desk staff were so warm and kind. The next morning, we ate inside King's Highway and it was the best hotel breakfast - maybe best breakfast- I've had in a long time. And you actually had GLUTEN FREE bread that wasn't the size of a saltine!!!
And the pool scene was amazing. We had an hour to lay out and swim after breakfast and I loved the vibe (families/hipsters/regular folks/older folks) and not at all the annoying "party vibe" that you might see at other hotels.
I had such a great time that I made a res for me and my husband to come back over Thanksgiving. We can't wait!!!
Had a great time at the ACE Hotel - wish we could have stayed longer. Rooms are big and nicely decorated on theme with Hipster Palm Springs Vibe. The food by the pool for breakfast was great. Really enjoyed ourselves.