|Outdoor space leading to the pool at the Colony Palms Hotel|
While planning my spontaneous trip to the West Coast, at the last minute, I decided to book a night in Palm Springs. I knew little about the resort town before this first visit, but now that I’ve been there, I’m already thinking about the next time. The charming vacation spot is located about 2.5 hours from downtown Los Angeles by car.
The height of the season is from February until May, so the summer months are not as crowded and hotel rates can be cut in half. It was steamy hot with temperatures in the 100s, but low humidity made it bearable. Some of the bars and restaurants won’t open until later this month, but it didn’t matter since I had a fantastic restaurant on site at the Colony Palms Hotel.
Built and opened in 1936, The Colony Palms is a boutique hotel within walking distance to the north end of downtown Palm Springs. Although my room wasn’t large, it was sufficient with the dreamiest bed that I’ve ever slept in. The bath was spa-like, larger than my New York kitchen and complete with a walk-in shower. A little café table outside the second-floor room overlooking the pool area completed my quarters. The heavenly aspect of the Colony Palms is the outdoor public spaces.
|Cabanas at the Colony Palms Hotel|
|Relaxing outside the room on a steamy morning in Palm Springs|
|Dreamiest bed ever!|
|My personal note at the hotel!|
The pool, no deeper than four feet, is surrounded with lounge chairs on three sides and a bar and restaurant on the other. Lush landscaping (even in the middle of a desert) made me feel like I was in a tropical resort until I glanced up and saw the huge California mountains.
Tucked in nooks and crannies off the main pool area was a jacuzzi in one spot and a fireplace in another. I didn’t need the fireplace, but I absolutely needed the hot tub. Each path leads to a different vignette and even though these outdoor rooms were completely exposed, and the design separated each for privacy. The Colony Palms Hotel was by far the most charming hotel I’ve stayed in.
The hotel food was delicious, too. Next time, maybe I’ll check out some of the dining options on the main street.
The enchanting walkable downtown offers shoppers everything from discount retailers to unique family-owned businesses and art galleries. I strolled into a men’s store and the owner and his wife had just moved from Murray Hill in Manhattan about a month earlier. Listening to his accent, it was obvious that he wasn’t a native Californian. I loved the New York reminder so far away from home. The world gets smaller every day.
I had just one fantastic night, and now I’m off to Los Angeles for the final days of my time in the West. Hope to see you again, Palm Springs.
| A cool car in downtown Palm Springs|