On Friday we headed to Palm Springs for a weekend of relaxation at the new Ace Hotel and Swim Club. If you book using the Easy Rider special, you get 20 percent off on the room, dining, bar and spa treatments. Formerly a Howard Johnson, the hotel has been totally renovated with an emphasis on being eco-friendly from the organic poolside menu to the solar power rooftop panels to the complimentary bicycles for “green” travel into town. Also, much of the furnishings are vintage. How much do you love the lobby?
I also love the contrast of the stark white and orange against the dessert backdrop:
Our patio room had a fireplace outside, which was great late night after Tiny G had fallen asleep. We ordered room service from the King’s Highway diner and it was really good, generous portions and CHEAP! Here’s a grilled brie sandwich with pickles, and the “pot” brownie for dessert:
Thanks to east-facing windows, Tiny G got us up at the crack of dawn so we got a super early breakfast and went for a morning swim. Below, the Kings Highway Diner (before reasonable people have gotten out of bed) and their ricotta pancakes.
Here’s the main saltwater pool, again, before the crowds have hit (read: woken up).
And here’s a fabby $6 (less 20%!!!) white sangria that I ordered later that afternoon poolside, along with some refreshing ceviche:
The soundtrack that pipes through the outdoor speakers is amazing, as is the playlist inside the spa. I got a massage and for once was spared creepy Zamfir pan flutes, and instead treated to Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Ray LeMontagne and Supertramp, which was far more relaxing. Rooms start at $80 for a single, so get on it! Here’s a peek inside ours: