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
A/C thermostat broken. Had to use chair to climb up and turn off every few hours, even during night. Loved the hotel. Restaurant was.very good with old classic service. Bar lively. Grounds are impeccable. Room very clean. Furnishings could be better. Definitely, A/c thermostat broken put a big negative as far as my rating.
Perfect location to feel completely secluded in Old Palm Springs luxury, but just two blocks from downtown Palm Springs. Was in town for Father's Day with my dad and we had the best time. The grounds are well-kept, peaceful and gorgeous. The rooms are a throw back to the old hacienda style but with all the updated amenities, and you feel as if you are staying at a friend's estate. Privacy is afforded if you want it, but you can also chat up fellow guests at the pool or over drinks at Melvyn's. The hard-working and welcoming staff is amazing, especially Tony and Gregory. They are exactly the right representatives for this beautiful, classic throwback masterpiece. Will definitely visit again!
Well run hotel with a nostalgic flair. Rooms originally built in the 1920's retained their charm but had the right amount of amenities. Bathrooms were a bit small but well appointed. Greta place to reconnect with your significant other.
Beautiful landscaped grounds and a large pool area. Very quiet and relaxing. Very friendly service. Rooms have been recently remodeled, beds are very comfortable. Charming Old Palm Springs atmosphere.
nothing like it, the original PS. Brings back memories of the 50's for me.
And if my parents were with us, back to the 40's or so.
Will return again and just absorb the style/food/drinks/pool/mountains/sky and fall in love again.