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Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Hotels Palm Springs
4 out of 5 stars
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Ace Hotel & Swim Club
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The Palm Springs Ace Hotel, housed in what was once a Motel 6, is the party destination for hip young travelers heading to the desert. They've got all the accoutrements, from a photo booth and retro macrame in the lobby to record players and vintage magazines in the rooms. There are also fancy robes and decked-out walking sticks for guests to use during their stay, which means that as the day goes on, more and more guests look like hippie cult members running around with hoods and canes. And it is a bit of a cult—the guests here are die-hard, looking to see and be seen by the pool, out on beach cruiser bikes or in the decent (but a little over-priced) restaurant, King's Highway (which used to be a 24-hr Denny's). The hotel offers $20 day passes for pool use, which gives non-guests access to the scene (and the parties and live music that often grace the grounds). The Ace is almost so hip that it's becoming a charicature of itself—if you're down to party all night with trendy 20-somethings, this is your spot, but the more sophisticated (or relaxed) traveler might look elswhere.


Venue name: Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Address: 701 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs

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During a recent desert road trip through Palm Springs, my group of friends found that the Ace Hotel is an excellent hub spot to orgainze the day. We stopped for some art exhibit information, a bathroom break, a peak at the pool and lunch at the King's Highway fancy diner in the hotel.

The hotel definitely has a young and hip vibe with lots of traffic throughout. I enjoyed the macrame decor as well as all the guests clad in resort wear.