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 LOVE Ace PS. I do try to stay on weekdays when its no as much of a scene but its always a fun hip spot. I always make sure to get room with a patio and fireplace. Its super dog friendly and my two pugs love visiting.
Super upbeat and hip hotel. Beautiful views and the rooms are all a little different. We got some drinks (desert facial was amazing) and food from the restaurant. It was probably one of the better meals we had throughout our stay in Palm Springs. The only downside was the wi-fi service was a little spotty throughout the resort.
I have never given a property a terrible rating, but I need to be honest here for my fellow travelers. You can see from my previous hotel reviews that I have traveled globally and this hotel was disappointing on all levels. The rooms were nothing special and the bathrooms were small with no nice amenities. The soap, shampoo, and conditioner were in large bottles in the shower and there was a small bar of soap in the sink. My biggest issue with the property was after a long day out there was no hot water for a shower. The management did apologize and there was hot water the next morning, however at over $500/night I expect hot water on demand. The next issue was the noise. I realize the ACE Hotel brand is geared toward the 20 year old millennial, and the pool area looked nice, however there was a raging party at 2 am and there is no way you could sleep through it. Overall, a very very disappointing experience and I will look for a different property the next time I am in the desert. I also did not see anyone to help with luggage and the parking was full and limited.
Spent a long weekend here in Feb. during Mid-Century Week. They had esclating room rates per night, with Friday costing $400 and Sat. $500+. Hotel is designed to be "hip" and "funky" but basically about the only thing that fits that bill is the check in guy who says "cool" after everything and the pool with DJ. Rooms are nothing impressive, similar to a motel without carpeting. Service was not good. Had to ask the front desk to get room cleaned on Sat. at 4 p.m. even though we left at 9 a.m. Advice: Avoid.
Ace Hotel in Palm Springs is one of the most upbeat, fun, hipster hotels to be in Palm Springs. The hotel has such a cool vibe you automatically feel like you’re somewhere else other than Palm Springs. The Swim Club has a retro 60’s meet 90’s that got swept off its feet in 2019! The rooms are awesomely adorned with Macrame wall décor, old vinyl records, record player, fully stocked wet bar and snacks, and unique unisex Kaftans a couple can wear. The hotel staff are very friendly and inviting. Room service has a great selection of modern American menu items. I would definitely come back for another stay at Ace Hotel!