Palm Springs : The Ace Hotel & Swim Club

From the moment we pulled up in front of The Ace we knew we were in for something very different than anywhere we'd been before.... in a decidedly good way. 
Originally a dilapidated Howard Johnson and Denny's, the space was apparently very run down, and neglected before a complete renovation breathed new life into this location. My first impression is that rather than bulldozing and starting fresh, I love that this hotel line reimagined the existing buildings and revamped the existing bones. 
The Ace, a chain originating in the Pacific Northwest has a very distinct feel, however a separate cali vibe resonates in their Palm Springs location. The crisp white breeze block walls against the bright green vegetation and stark grey mountains created a colour palate so pleasing to the eye. 

I have to emphatically say that what was most impressive about the Ace wasn't the design, or the bed, or the stark boutique feel so many chains resonate- it's that the team who created the Ace truly created an experience rather than a look. The vibe is exactly what you would want when escaping the realities of home life. It's not about putting a stamp on each identical room. Rooms in the Ace all have sourced vintage pieces and a relaxed informal feel. Indulgence and luxury are apparent in the comfortable bed, snacks and beverages that you actually want to eat or drink, and enjoyable soaps and textiles- like the signature striped robes on hooks beside the beds (it's the little things). People throw around the word hipster a lot in reference to the Ace and perhaps there's some truth to that, but I chose to see it rather as relaxed and inviting, if not a totally homey destination where one can be themselves
To take things one step further, if you're at all nostalgic like I am, you'll appreciate that in the main lobby you can purchase your own striped robe to take home. Or if you don't have room in your luggage many of the items within the rooms are available for order online. Such a nice touch to take a bit of your stay home with you. 
While on site we had breakfast at the King's Highway Diner (inhabiting the previous Denny's on location). We were so impressed by every aspect of our time there. From the server who treated us like old friends to the comfy banquette seating, the homey vibe and the delicious food. Breakfast was beyond and if you happen to get the chance yourself, I suggest you order some toast so you can try their homemade jam. It's unreal. 
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Patio Wooden Doors 
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Gardens
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club wooden direction signs
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club suite private patio
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The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Vintage Record player
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The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Patio pool area towels
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club lobby Photo Booth
The King's Highway Diner at The Ace Hotel and Swim Club banquet seating
If you ever find yourself in Palm Springs be sure to keep The Ace in mind. I know we'll look forward to the day when we're able to return and enjoy some downtime poolside. xo e


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