Although we stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs just a few weeks ago, already it feels like a distant dream. It was nice to be back in the desert. I LOVE the desert. It’s one of the things I miss the most about Southern California.
I’ve been wanting to check out the Ace Hotel ever since I learned about all it’s design-y goodness. It used to be a Howard Johnson, and now it’s the hippest hotel in Palm Springs. I thoroughly enjoyed the two nights we stayed there and wished we could have stayed an additional day. This was the first vacation the Dude and I took just the two of us since our honeymoon in 2009. All our vacations since have involved visiting family, which is fun but not very relaxing. I really needed to get away to somewhere where I could go and do absolutely nothing but lounge around.
I should mention that right before we arrived at the Ace, we spent the morning going through my stuff in storage that I hadn’t seen since 2004. It was super stressful as we didn’t have much time. It was also physically and emotionally draining as I threw away most of the crap I saved. By the time we got to the Ace, it looked like a veritable paradise. So my experience may have been a bit coloured due to the sheer exhaustion I was feeling when I arrived.
Needless to say, I spent a lot of time by the pool. I’m not normally the lounge-by-the-pool-all-day kind of gal, but that’s all I wanted to do while we were there because I was feeling weary and it was too damn hot to do anything else.
Now I’ll shut up for a bit and let the pictures do the talking.
I was absolutely in love with the side table on the right.
I really dug the light fixtures, particularly their industrial look.
Next time I’d like to stay in a room with a private patio. You get your own fireplace!
The hotel lobby. I really wanted to take the leather chair home.
The famous plumbing pipe shelving unit. It inspired this internet sensation, which prompted a slew of others to make their own version. When I saw it, it felt like I had reached a pilgrimage destination.
King’s Highway restaurant on the hotel property. It used to be a Denny’s. Gosh, I love the paint-dipped legs of those Bentwood chairs.
The first night we ate at the restaurant it just happened that it was Sissy Bingo night. The hostess, Linda Gerard, would belt out a song occasionally while calling out the bingo balls. My favourite song was “Who Do You Have to Fuck to Get in a Movie.” Linda is in her 70s, but given her energy you wouldn’t know it.
Love the tile work.
The Dude was cracking me up with his silly antics. Again, love the pendant lamps. Whoever designed the property really paid attention to lighting.
The food served at King’s Highway was absolutely delicious. Most of their food is local and organic. And they have the BEST, DAMN coffee EVER – Sumptown Coffee. If it weren’t for my bladder condition, I would have stolen more than just a few sips from the Dude.
One thing I really appreciated about the Ace is that they have an entertainment offerering almost every night. Our second night we attended a karaoke event in the Amigo Room, which is a cozy dark little bar. It was so much fun. I can’t wait to stay at the Ace again as I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. And I hope to visit all their other locations, two of which are in the Pacific Northwest!
My photo collection of the Ace can be found here.