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
I went for a friend's birthday and was so excited to stay since I've gushed over all of the Instagram pictures. The rooms were nice, but nothing over the top. Very simple and basic, kinda reminded me of a little hotel in Mexico.
When we came back from dinner, we noticed bugs everywhere in the bed and walls. We think it was because of the broken AC. They offered to move us rooms and compisanted with $100 food/beverage credit. (Sweet!)
The next day we spent ALL day at the pool. Food was good and drinks were delicious. It was a definitely a party at the pool, so much I saw a guy puke and taken away in a stretcher by the EMS. (Hope he's okay!)
Our AC was broken in our new room again and of course it was hot out, (it's Palm Springs in July) so sleeping was pretty miserable. The manager gave us 1/2 off for 1 night, which was nice, but with everything that had happened and moving rooms and being uncomfortable, it was kinda a bummer and let down. I'm glad I stayed and say what it was all about, but I'm not sure I'll be returning.
My husband and I planned a weekend getaway for this past weekend. We read reviews prior to booking that this was the best “pool scene” and a must visit. We were looking for some good music and a good time, so we were willing to pay the extra $100/night over the standard downtown Palm Springs hotel. Once arriving we were pretty shocked at how run down the hotel was from the outside. It honestly looked like a Motel 6 from the outside. We were “free upgraded” (probably because we paid $250/night, but because it was so hot this weekend, prices dropped last minute to $140/night...awesome). We went to our hotel and it had a very “hipster” look, which was fine, but that also meant the furniture looked like it was 30 years old. The staff and the bartenders were all extremely nice and helpful! Really can’t say anything bad about them. We came for the pool, however, and it was very small and had classical jazz playing all 3 days. We tried to play our own music by our chairs because I could not take another day of classic jazz type music, but we were told no outside music was allowed. For a couple who was looking for some upbeat music and/or a DJ and a little more lively crowd, we were pretty disappointed. We regret paying $100/night more at this place because it was not the exciting scene we were expecting. Also, many kids around, which was not helping the couples getaway we were expecting.
Like I said - people were great, but this was just not the experience we were expecting.
We were excited to stay here, but left feeling just OK.
The reception welcome was warm and the hotel itself it quirky cool.
The pool however, it was warn looking. And not in a charming way. All the cushions were water stained, the chairs worn...and it just was not inviting.
The room was large and I liked the decor - having the robes was really nice and the toiletries were lovely. But, the room was so loud! We were facing the pool on the second floor and, for a Monday night, it was really loud.
The highlight was the Bingo night at their restaurant. Now this was epic and we had the most fun!
My husband and I stayed at the Ace for two nights and once we checked in we did not leave the hotel grounds because we loved it there so much. It is an oasis, a retro vibe with a modern twist. Bedrooms are super stylish, comfortable and spacious, our room featured a patio area and fireplace.
Our midweek stay was low key chill vibes with drinks flowing, rad music and summer time vibes. I beliebve it has a more party atmosphere at the weekends.
Food was excellent and the staff were so friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing but fun escape.
I come to palm springs often and stayed at ace in May and it is magical, its a great escape from the city when you want to chill, stayed at the ace in room 522 it was a top floor spacious room and by the back pool so it was quieter which I appreciate. the rooms look great, the big pool always has great tunes playing either via a dj or a record player and the Frose is a perfect poolside drink, we also had plenty of tequila whiskey and beer for the weekend as well, the food at amigos cafe is great and they serve Stumptown coffee which is my favorite, everyone is chill there were plenty of families, couples, dogs and merriment to be had, a must for palm springs