The Riviera Palm Springs is a vintage-inspired hotel that doesn’t lack modern amenities. First opened in 1959, this legendary and luxurious retreat at 1600 North Indian Canyon Drive was fashioned after such major Las Vegas hotels as The Flamingo and The Sands. In the early days, it quickly became a favorite Palm Springs lodging choice for celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, who enjoyed lounging by the pool and in the exclusive Presidential Suite. Elvis Presley was just one more famous personality who frequented the Riviera Palm Springs, so this place has plenty of Hollywood history. Reopened in 2008 after undergoing renovations to the tune of $70 million, the Riviera Palm Springs hasn’t forgotten its rich history. Instead, it simply decided to introduce a whole new level of retro cool swank to the California desert.
The Riviera Palm Springs offers both rooms and suites. Each of these 406 guest units boasts plenty of stylistic appeal, exhibiting both vintage and modern elements. While the rooms are full of inviting amenities and are spacious enough, offering more than 300 square feet, it’s the suites that take top billing. Each suite at the Riviera Palm Springs offers anywhere from 568 to 1,761 square feet of space. The largest unit is the top-of-the-line Presidential Suite, which features two bedrooms to go with its other abundant perks. The Presidential Suite provides ample room for entertaining, and among its amenity highlights are a private lanai, a private outdoor hot tub, an indoor fireplace, and a separate dining area and bar. Most of the rooms and suites at the Riviera Palm Springs have patios or balconies, as well as free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs, so guests have several options when it comes to filling down time in their accommodations.
Figuring among the general facilities at the Riviera Palm Springs is a 11,000-square-foot spa. Known as SpaTerre, this rejuvenating retreat prides itself on the attention that it gives to both body and soul. In the 18 treatment rooms at SpaTerre, guests can indugle in a wide variety of treatments. Serving as a complement to the treatment rooms are private steam rooms and general relaxation areas. The Riviera also caters to wellness enthusiasts with its state-of-the-art fitness center, and not to be overlooked either are the hotel’s retail boutique, its full-service salon, and its two outdoor swimming pools. In addition to the pool itself, the main pool area features chaise loungers, umbrellas, oversized futons, cabanas, a bar, and a fire pit that is surrounded by chairs. The other pool also features a bar and an inviting lounge atmosphere. As a side note, spa packages are available at SpaTerre. These packages are definitely worth keeping in mind if you want to be pampered during your Palm Springs vacation.
Indulging in some nightlife is one of the most popular things to do in Palm Springs, and guests of the Riviera don’t have to go very far to have some fun once the sun goes down. The hotel offers its own nightlife options. At night, for example, the main pool area basically transforms into a cocktail party. Riviera guests can also spend their evening hours at the hotel’s indoor bars, which include the rather swanky Starlite Lounge and the sophisticated Sidebar. Of course, the Riviera’s signature restaurant – Circa 59 – is not to be overlooked. At this restaurant, locally-grown produce from the surrounding Coachella Valley contributes to the menu, and among the adult beverage specialties are dirty martinis. The Circa 59 restaurant actually has a martini-inspired slogan of sorts. It reads, “Gimmie a martini, the dirtier the better.” If staying in for the night is on the agenda, the Riviera Palm Springs offers room service. Among the room service delivery options are dinner and late night snacks.