Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Palm Springs is Hot Again

Ace Hotel
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Palm Springs has got its groove back. The zippy Ace Hotel is becoming the place to stay, with everyone heading out to Palm Springs to rest, relax, and have a little fun. The Ace Hotel, which is built on the site of a former Howard Johnson’s, is a hip boutique hotel that’s reasonably priced, but still heavy on the style. Once you’re settled in, after a two hour drive from L.A., and you’ve decided to leave the Ace’s swank pool, consider a tour or two.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway features the world’s largest rotating gondolas and the trip goes up past the Chino Canyon cliffs, the Salton Sea, and the Coachella Valley, rising to 8,600 feet. Or check out the mid-century modern buildings in the area, with a $5 map to beauties by Albert Frey and Richard Neutra from the Palm Springs Historical Society.

If you’re looking for a little more guidance, try a guided tour with Robert Imber, the man behind PS Modern Tours, which hits both the well- and lesser-known spots. The Palm Springs Modern Committee runs an open house tour in October as well, with stops in private residences around town.