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
Thanks so much ACE, you guys are the best. Room was awesome, the staff were amazing and restaurant was open late. As always, the pool was a lot of fun with great bar service. I recommend getting a room with a patio.
My husband and I came for the weekend and had a truly great time from start to finish. We were early to check-in and were surprised to have an upgraded room ready on arrival. The suite was beautiful and the AC worked fantastically.
All the staff we talked to were professional and easy going from Kings Highway to the pool, etc.
Can we live there? ????
And again: the most wonderful place! The owner and some of the staff changed – but not the vibe, the wonderful music and the amazing atmosphere. DESERAE, AJ and all the other people at the front desk couldn't be more attentive, lovely, courteous and good at what they do. You feel loved from he moment you step into that place.
We were automatically put into room 209, because the staff knows that we love this room. THIS is what makes a hotel a place where you want to be and stay. nothing but love! <3 Ben Bernschneider