Ace Hotel Palm Springs is a place worth keeping in mind if you are searching for a good room at a good price in the Palm Springs area. Where a motel once stood, the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, as this hotel was formerly known, now stands. Among the renovations that were performed were an expansion of the pool, and while not overly luxurious, the guest units provide plenty of comfort and some enticing amenities. Add in the down-to-earth spa and the excellent location, and it only gets better.
The Ace Hotel Palm Springs offers a relatively kitschy and funky environment while not going overboard. It is almost akin to a 1950's roadside motel with a modern and artistic twist. The 180 rooms and suites feature black and white figure decor, while 42-inch flat-screen TVs add an upscale edge. Other standard amenities include a small stereo that you can plug an MP3 player into and brand name bath products. Some of the guest units also feature extra perks, such as patios and vinyl record players should you be interested in upgrading.
When Ace Hotel and Swim Club guests aren't relaxing in their rooms or enjoying area attractions such as the Living Desert and the Aerial Tramway, hanging out by the hip and trendy pool is likely to prove tempting. You can also visit the smaller pool if you want to enjoy an even more relaxed environment. DJs often spin tunes at the larger outdoor pool area, and you can take advantage of the poolside food and beverage service if you please. The pool is open as long as the bar is, and if you aren't claiming a lounge chair, there are hammocks to take advantage of.
Many people who choose to enjoy a Palm Springs vacation have spa treatments in mind. At the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, it is possible to enjoy a variety of spa treatments, including body treatments. If nothing else, you might indulge in a massage at one of the massage yurts. In keeping in line with the hotel's overall vibe, the Ace Hotel Spa is both trendy and unfussy, so you don't have to worry about putting on airs during a visit.
As for the other facilities that help to make this boutique hotel such a fine Palm Springs base, they include a restaurant and bar that is known for its fresh local ingredients and its cheap beer. There's also The Commune, which is a unique 3,000-square-foot space that can be used for weddings, meetings, and a variety of other special events.
If you like the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, you might keep its sister hotels in mind when trying to plan your next vacation. Similar Ace Hotels can be found in a few choice destinations, and these destinations include New York, Seattle, and Portland. As for the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, it is within walking distance of the downtown core. This means that guests will have little trouble accessing the downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries.
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