Palm Springs Hip Girlfriend Getaway: The ACE Hotel Will Change Your Life
Let’s begin with the most important thing you need to bring to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs: SUNGLASSES. This, my friends, is not just due to the intense rays of that beautiful orange orb in the sky. Their main function is so that the hot tattooed-with-glasses-guy by the pool doesn't see you staring RIGHT at him. And believe me, you’re gonna wanna stare.
As you approach the hotel, turning from the palm tree lined streets into the parking lot, the word ACE greets you in the form of in seven foot tall, aged metal letters. Blue cruiser bikes lean against a bike sharing station, ready to show you what this little desert town has to offer. A stuffed coyote wearing costume jewelry watches from above while you check in at the front desk. This is the perfect time to document your arrival giddiness/giggles in the lobby photo booth.
Do yourself a favor: immediately after check in, drop your bags at the room, put on that swimsuit, grab those gossip magazines you bought at the airport sundries shop and head to the pool. This is what it’s all about. Being in the desert and feeling the hot dry air. The only decision you have to make now is if you want a muddled fruit cocktail or a boozy sno-cone.
After basking in the sun all afternoon, entering the Amigo Room bar feels a little like walking into a glorious underground cave. Brick arches painted a slick black are illuminated by a row of bulbs whose light reflects off the peso-inlaid tables. Emerging a few hours (and margaritas) later, the bright blue sky above has transformed into a million little pinpricks of light. The hammocks continue to call and welcome you to sway suspended thinking, "ain’t life grand"? The evening’s reasonable temperatures provide a great excuse to wander around and get a proper lay of the land.
On our most recent trip to the ACE, we passed by the second smaller pool on the grounds (note: this is a perfect place to have a cool and casual wedding), and found ourselves at one of the cozy communal fire pits with some new-found friends. The blanket of stars above beckoned us to sit forever and ponder life, but the silence of the dark night sky was soon broken with faint soundsof acoustic guitars and….a sing along? Is that a singalong?! We shifted our gaze toward an enclosed private room patio across the way. Turns out some of the performers at the Clean Air Music Festival in Joshua Tree were spending their last night in the desert glamour camping. Packed in one of the patios, happy people huddled around, serenading the night sky to the tune of “Honky Tonk Feeling”.
By the time we retired to our campground inspired room, heads spinning and spirits high, we promised to take those blue cruiser bikes out for a ride the next morning.
Breakfast at the mid-century modern inspired King’s Highway Diner begins with French press Stumptown coffee while deciding between the steel kettle oats, mushroom frittata, or coconut French toast. An hour later when your heart is happy and belly full, it's time again to check out what’s happening at the pool.
The Ace has created an all-inclusive environment that you’ll never want to leave. However, if you do feel the need to break beyond the laid back desert chic walls, here’s a guide to other cool haunts around the area: Palm Springs Travel Guide. And don't forget the sunglasses.