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
- 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
Great place, in a great location. Stay like a movie star. Beautiful gardens. Walk to town or other places. Free bikes to use. Nice heated pool and hot tub and also a fire pit. Friendly staff, happy to help you.
We held our firm's Christmas Party at Melvyn's and several of us spent the night at the Inn. The evening was spectacular! Everything from the food to the room and everything in between could not have been better! We look forward to returning again soon!
Great for a one night stay! We were passing through on our way to Phoenix. Perfect to walk downtown for dinner and wake up to the beautiful mountain trail behind the hotel. Loved taking our breakfast to the poolside. Hal at front desk was great! Felt at home.
Our room was just what we were looking for. Comfortable bed, cozy. Lovely patio where we enjoyed our breakfast in private. Your continental breakfast was very good. Might want to offer some additional fruit, like blueberries and pineapple, etc. Maybe a fruit salad. Really enjoyed your granola, fruit and pastries. Mmm good!
Everyone staff person was friendly, from the GM, reception, poolside, etc., always ready to go the extra mile. Hope to return this February 2019. Thank you! David & Janet
This property is so wonderful, we haven’t stopped talking about it since we left. Our room was very cute and comfortable, the pool area is amazing- we didn’t want to leave! Loved the size of the property also!! We will be back!