Located just one block off the city’s main downtown strip and built in the 1930s, the 57-room resort retains many charming features of the original Spanish colonial architecture, from arched entryways and coved ceilings to original Moorish floor tiles. Originally built in 1936 by reputed Purple Gang Mobster, Al Wertheimer, the Colony Palms Hotel was once a saloon, speakeasy and gambling house that later became a playground for Hollywood icons including the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Rita Hayworth. Today, the Colony Palms Hotel is a mix of modern luxuries with a dash of Moroccan romance; the epitome of a perfect, tranquil, Palm Springs getaway.
Although it still features plenty of sunshine, a refreshing deep-water swimming pool and a destination restaurant featuring seasonal California cuisine and signature cocktails, the history behind the property is rich. The original Colony Palms Hotel was known for its legendary underground speakeasy which was entered via a secret staircase concealed behind a pantry cupboard. In 1936, the hotel served as a private club for Wertheimer and his gambling pals. Along with his brothers, Wertheimer also owned the legendary Clover Club located in the heart of Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles as well as The Dunes nightclub located in Cathedral City both infamous for their lavish décor, celebrity clientele and illicit gambling. No stranger to the stars, Wertheimer transformed the Colony Palms Hotel and made it the Palm Springs legend that it is today.
Designed in collaboration with Los Angeles based Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Colony Palms Hotel has regained its nobility as a stunning four star boutique hotel spread out over three acres of property that includes 42 rooms, 5 suites and 8 casitas. The rooms are brilliantly colored with mosaic tiles and fabrics, rich woods and black and white vintage photos, with fireplaces seen in many of the rooms. Additionally, mature gardens throughout the property provide privacy and lush tranquility, with many rooms that open to a central courtyard and pool. The Colony Palms Hotel is located just one block off the city’s main downtown strip. The hotel retains many charming features of the original Spanish colonial architecture, from arched entryways and coved ceilings to original Moorish floor tiles. Boasting a lush and secluded setting paired with upscale and eclectic Moroccan-inspired interiors, the Colony Palms Hotel also features a full service spa and the popular, full service onsite restaurant, the Purple Palm.
The Purple Palm boasts exquisite cuisine, complimented by the vibrant Martyn Lawrence Bullard restaurant design. Working closely with California producers and foragers to incorporate local fruits and vegetables into each dish, the menu changes seasonally. The California-inspired menu compliments the design of the restaurant, including Moroccan themed chandeliers topped off with intricately designed wallpaper throughout the restaurant and private dining room.
The Colony Palms Hotel isn’t just picturesque for its setting and culinary expertise, but it is also top of the line treatments at the Moroccan Spa. The spa features four treatment rooms, a quiet room, his and hers changing facilities and fitness center, with professionally trained and certified staff who offer a variety of massage techniques, luxurious facials and relaxation treatments. With an array of amenities, from an aromatherapy salt scrub to spa packages like the Moroccan Haven, you leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, ready to hop into the hot tub and enjoy a cocktail poolside.
At the Colony Palms, your experience is nothing short of tranquil and serene. Whether enjoying a luxurious afternoon at the Moroccan spa, indulging in local California fare at the Purple Palm or simply lounging within the confines of your comfortable and romantic bedroom, a stay at the Colony Palms Hotel is a Palm Springs must.
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