Colony Palms Hotel
What We Love
- Poolside dining and fab people watching
- The rich history of the hotel — a 1930s hangout for both notorious West Coast gangsters and down-and-out Hollywood types
- Valet parking is free
- A meal at the hotel's trademark restaurant, the Purple Palm (reservations are recommended)
What To Know
- Pool can be a bit of a scene — guests get there early to reserve chairs
- Spa accommodates both guests and nonguests, so book treatments a day in advance
- A $34.37 resort fee per night will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just 90 miles from Hollywood, this desert hideaway feels a world away from the LA hustle. In the lobby, Moroccan-inspired design includes brightly colored fringed pillows, and settees dominate the visual scene.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms are optimized for relief from the desert heat, with thick curtains that keep out the sun. Large textile headboards hover above the kingsize beds, and soft Italian linens practically beg guests to indulge in an afternoon nap. Wind down with a signature Moroccan Cocktail: vodka with cardamom, passion fruit and mango nectar.
Most guests spend their time poolside, which is a scene of its own at Colony Palms. Order cocktails at the poolside bar or just laze on the comfy chaise longues. In the evening, dinner at the Purple Palm is in order. It’s always packed with locals and visitors alike, so be sure you’ve made a reservation. Small plates and tapas dominate the menu, and the signature Purple Palm Salad (grapes, sunflower seeds, almonds, goat cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette) is a must-try. When you’re ready to chill out, opt for a massage at the hotel’s Moroccan-inspired spa.
In the Area
Take your plastic for a trip to El Paseo, the Rodeo Drive of Palm Springs; it’s home to such shops as Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Gucci. Or, if you’d prefer to spend the day outdoors, you’ll see magnificent fan palms at Indian Canyons, a desert oasis with fantastic hiking trails. Get a cultural fix at the Palm Springs Art Museum, which has changing exhibitions and a substantial permanent collection, or take in the beauty of the town with a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, which offers striking views of the mountains and the valley below.
How to Get There
There is no security when it comes to the pool. Large party was happening the weekend I was there and only 2 out of the 30 people were staying at the hotel. The took over the pool deck and chairs for the day. Yelling and leaving trash everywhere. Really to bad because it is a great pool and the staff are awesome.
This is a really cute little hotel. It's in a good walking location to many restaurants and shops. It is on a main street so you may hear the cars from the hotel room. The rooms are nice, but there wasn't anywhere to relax inside in the room except for on the bed. We had a nice large kind bed, but I still prefer to have some indoor area to relax. This feels like it should be an adults only hotel, but it is not. The pool is very small so if anyone with kids shows up, the entire vibe at the pool quickly will change. The staff is not overly helpful here. We asked if we could get some firmer pillows on the first night, but the reply was we don't have anything else. For the price of the room I would have expected that request could have been met. It definitely is not a 5 star hotel, but it's pretty, clean and in a good location. I feel like it's more of a 3.5 star hotel.
We really liked the ambience , room and pool area. Our only reservations were the relatively high price, and of course the annoying “resort fee”. There were no lounges left at 9 am because they were all “reserved”. That said it’s charming and the staff, especially the valets, very helpful.
If you're looking for Palm Springs' charm and character, you'll find it at this magical hotel from the 1930's where Sinatra used to stay. The tile is original as is most of the architecture. However, the service was very disappointing. Mini-bars weren't replenished, Kleenex wasn't replaced in the bathroom, and turn-down service often didn't include a turn-down. There were no blow-dryers and the towels felt like sandpaper. On the balcony outside my door, dirty coffee and drink cups sat untouched for 18 hours. Moreover, whenever I asked the front desk a question, they often didn't have an answer. For example, I asked about car service to LA and they told me about Enterprise rent a car. When I asked about the spa, they told me to walk over there to get my questions answered. If you're charging $$$$ per night, you need to have a full time concierge who has answers. Lastly, beware if you're staying at the hotel on a weekend. The pool area is invaded by day trippers who pay to sit in the premium, reserved cushioned cabanas while the rest of us huddle in the shadows of the trees. Noise from the restaurant and the pool is easily heard late into the night in the rooms circling the pool which seems to be about 75% of them. Will I stay here again? Sadly, no.
Colony Palms has a lot going for it - intimate, Spanish Mission vibe, courtyard, restaurant, location. It’s good but a few things mean it’s not great - rooms, common areas and garden looking a bit tired, front desk while upbeat have limited local knowledge ( eg what’s the best way to Joshua Tree ...”don’t known, never been”),. Overall, good intrinsics make it a viable option if you chose Spanish over Modernism.