What We Love
- Gratis cruiser bikes to explore downtown Palm Springs
- Nightly room-side martini service
- The onsite fire pit
- Croquet on the lawn
What To Know
- The property was originally built as an estate for the heirs to the Pierce Arrow Motorcar Company in the 1920s
- The front desk can help arrange poolside yoga
- Pets are allowed, for a fee (also provided: dog beds, bowls, and treats)
- The hotel serves a complimentary lobby breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, one of Palm Springs’s original retreats is now a refurbished retro-chic 30-room bungalow
From a vintage candy bar in the lobby to traditional tableside eats—trout amandine, anyone?—at Melvyn’s Restaurant, everything about this desert estate shuttles guests to Hollywood’s over-the-top golden era. The Spanish Colonial Revival property was once a celebrity favorite (just look to the Framed photos of Lucille Ball, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis all posing with late proprietor Mel Haber), but a recent revitalization has gently ushered this old-school belle into the Instagram age. The result is a thoughtful balancing act that honors the property’s radiant 1920s roots, incorporating period lighting and a glossy color scheme of gold, shell pink, and teal with modern touches like glass-door showers, mint-tiled bathrooms, ebony-stained headboards, and an updated patio that now permits casual dress for the very first time. Other facelifts include an expanded outdoor pool deck with a newly added refreshment bar and a charcoal gray wall for the aforementioned Melvyn’s (ironically, the restaurant’s original hue when it opened doors 42 years ago). The result is a subtly reimagined landmark fit for a modern-day Rat Pack.
In the Area
Palm Springs, home to Coachella Valley—a thirty-minute drive from the Inn on Highway 111—may have peaked as a playground for Sinatra and Elvis, but design-savvy hipsters are to credit for its slow-but-steady revival. Choose from a who’s who of mid-Century modern structures to visit: there’s a former savings-and-loans bank turned into a lively architecture center and Sunnylands, the winter residence of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg encircled by nine acres of green inspired by Post-Impressionist paintings. For serious style aficionados, Modernism Week, comprising a string of tours, lectures, and live music performances, celebrates the beloved aesthetic every February.
How to Get There
I cannot speak highly enough of this property. We stayed at the Ingleside Inn and Avalon (sister hotel) for our company offsite. It was 50 people and our group was cared for flawlessly. Ingleside Inn has such charm. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, bathrooms are updated, but you feel like you're staying in a little slice of Palm Springs history. The property itself is stunning with the mountainous backdrop, pink flowers, palms, and perfect blue skies. Special shout out to the staff that really made our stay special - Hal, Tony and Danny were always there to help with a smile and a great story. Loved this property and will absolutely be staying here again!
Stayed at the Ingleside Inn for our wedding anniversary. Cannot recommend this place highly enough. On arrival a bottle of champagne and a card in our room, the staff are outstanding and professional a big thank you to Hal at the front desk And for Tony for taking such good care of us. Wish we could’ve stayed longer than one night. We were made to feel very welcome and at home and we look forward to coming back soon. ????????
This review is late in coming but I could not go any longer without writing about my favorite retreat in Palm Springs. I have stayed here three times this summer during the weeks of July 15, September 1, and September 15.
While some things are different since the change of ownership, the last 30+ years I’ve been vacationing here are all memorable. The staff (Kim, Hal, Tony, Brian, Daniel and the valets) have ensured a pleasurable stay and always go out of their way to be accommodating. I do miss the daily newspaper, continental breakfast, mirrors in the room, grass all over (so stones don’t get caught under my feet with my shoes on and brought into the room), iced tea by the pool and the yellow padded pool lounges. I hope the new owners keep up some of the past traditions and work on listening to their loyal customers. I do love having Alexa and her music by the pool. I can hardly wait to get back and enjoy the Palm Springs memory.