Ace Hotel & Swim Club

701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, USA

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  • Rooms18
  • Public Spaces18.5
  • Service17.5
  • Overall18
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Hotel Description

We’re always glad to see a classic American roadside motor inn de-branded, renovated and repurposed. It’s a shame to see these mid-century buildings torn down, and as the building disappears, so does an example of an authentically American cultural form. Luxury boutiques can stay in the cities, and luxury villas can stay in Bali, where they belong — on the highways of the American west the motel is king.

Admittedly, though, we didn’t see this one coming. For the Seattle-based Ace Hotel group, an expansion into downtown Portland was always in the cards. An outpost in Manhattan presents a challenge, but not a total re-invention. Palm Springs, however, is another matter entirely — but if anyone’s capable of swimming against the twin tides of faded mid-century design museums and bland contemporary luxury resorts, in the process making Palm Springs both hip and affordable once again, you have to imagine it’s Ace.

The idea of the “hip hotel” is a concept that could probably bear some examination. Hipness is a state that quite a lot of hotels strive for, and in fact only the cheapest and the most expensive hotels can afford to ignore it completely. And if the Ace group is known for anything, it’s for a certain very distinct kind of cool.

Theirs is not the intimidating, almost alienating brand of cool that seems to be the goal of the typical modern urban boutique hotel. Though design is a vital element in the Ace hotels, nowhere is it prankish or self-consciously avant-garde. One struggles to find a better word than “funky” to describe the sensibility: vintage but not retro, with a celebratory respect paid to the past rather than an ironic arched eyebrow. And sustainability here is not a slogan or a mission statement but an organic side effect of the use of second-hand furniture and surplus hardware.

Any hip hotel presents its own version of an idealized lifestyle. But while some present a consumerist bachelor-pad fantasy, others an elitist fashion-insider vibe, the Ace hotels feel democratic, participatory, accessible. Maybe it’s a product of the brand’s origin in the Pacific Northwest, a region that’s known for an egalitarian, community-oriented philosophy. At the Ace Palm Springs you don’t occupy spaces created by big-name designers, dine in a celebrity chef’s concept restaurant, or drink in some nightclub impresario’s branded cocktail bar. Here you drink in a high-desert dive bar and sit for meals in a repurposed diner — lunch counter and all — and order from a menu that’s high-quality and locally sourced but still comfortingly familiar.

The inclusive approach makes for an interesting crowd, as does the very reasonable price point. The social life is among the Ace’s strengths, but in a natural, organic way. Rather than a desperate closing-time atmosphere over expensive cocktails, the Ace fosters a sense of genuine camaraderie. The poolside atmosphere, and in fact the atmosphere throughout, is more summer camp than fashion show, and it threatens to put Palm Springs back on the map for a whole new generation.

Please note: The hotel assesses a resort fee of $25 per night.

How to get there: Ace Hotel & Swim Club is about a 10-minute drive from Palm Springs International Airport.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 176 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Lively

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Steam rooms
  • Yoga

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Valid credit card required. Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Pets are allowed but charged a pet fee of $25.00 per night, per pet. Rooms with a patio are consider pet friendly.

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  • Ace Suite

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  • Garden Patio

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    • 265 ft²/24 m².
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    Views: pool.

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  • Simple Room

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    • 265 ft²/24 m².
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    Views: city.

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  • Standard Room- 1 King Bed

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    • 265 ft²/24 m².
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    Views: mountain or pool.

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    • stand up shower
    • wake up service
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    • 265 ft²/24 m².
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  • King Lounge

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    • 300 ft²/27 m².
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    Views: mountain or pool.

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    • flat panel television
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    • Ruby's Barbershop bath amenities
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    • working desk
  • Simple Suite

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    • 1 King Bed
    • 560 ft²/52 m².
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    • 650 ft²/60 m².
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Steam rooms
  • Yoga

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Pets are allowed but charged a pet fee of $25.00 per night, per pet. Rooms with a patio are consider pet friendly.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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