One of the places I look forward to visiting every year is the Palm Springs location of the Ace Hotel. There’s a two-fold appeal to me: first, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood when it’s perpetually sunny. Secondly, I love visiting places that feel suspended in time. Even though the Ace has been lovingly revamped, it still has the roots of its previous incarnation, a midcentury-modern motel once known as Westward Ho.
As an added bonus, its main restaurant, King’s Highway was once home to a Denny’s. With a farm-to-table focus, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with Stumptown Coffee. You can check out the full menu here.
The grounds feature communal outdoor fireplaces, a spa and a dog park. I love that the property is pet friendly — Rocky definitely approved!
By day, when I’m visiting the Ace, I revert into total relaxation mode and spend most of my time eating, lounging by the pool or even better, doing both at the same time. And by night, I order drinks from The Amigo Room and sit in the hot tub. It’s a pretty perfect existence to embrace for a few days.
The rooms have polished concrete floors so you never have to feel guilty about dragging in sand or knocking over a drink. And the slat walls feature some of the coolest posters I’ve seen — the best part is that you can pick up your own copies right here.
The grounds are a creative’s paradise with awesome type specimens spread throughout. But the most iconic type on the property is the A C E right by the pool entrance.
Trees full of citrus fruits line the property — they’re always such a novelty to me as a lifelong resident of the northwest.
I’ve been home a little over a week and I’m already dreaming of another trip down south. Luckily, my next visit is only a few months away.
All photos taken by me at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, September 2013.