Greg De Roeck

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

with Greg De Roeck
  • Where:Palm Springs

  • Why:California road trip

  • When:January 2014

  • Who:4 thirsty Londoners

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Highs & Lows

  • The hotel spa doesn’t look like much, but dished out the best back massage I’ve ever had.

  • The rooms come with all manner of resort robes, throws and stripy djellabas that you’ll never want to take off.

  • Prepare to make friends. The crowd is social, especially around the hot tub, but equally laid-back, so you won’t feel invaded.

  • ‘Laid-back’ also applies to the hotel’s employees, who are utterly charming, helpful and impervious to urgency.

  • The Amigo Room bar is worth a look, but its gloomy, cavern-like vibe was lost on me.

  • There was some building work going on near the pool during our stay, which was a bit noisy.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique desert resort

  • Vibe

    Mid-century modern meets Native American flea market.

  • Location

    In the heart of the Palm.

  • Rooms

    170

  • Music

    Perfectly curated poolside eclectic.

  • Year Opened

    2009

  • Designed By

    Commune Design and Atelier Ace

  • Pool/Gym

    2 pools, 1 gym, and excellent spa facilities

  • Restaurant

    Gigantic breakfasts and modern diner fare at The King’s Highway.

  • Bar

    The Amigo Room, a shadowy booze grotto.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free, and especially handy by the pool.

  • Children

    Easy going kids, yes. High-maintenance screamers, no.

  • Price

    Exactly what you’d expect.

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701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, United States

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