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Ace In The Hole

Posted in Hotels, Travel with tags on May 7, 2009 by travelwizard


I have fallen in love. Truly, I have fallen hard. I have just come back from three days at the fabulous Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and my emotional state is quite melancholy. I am not sure why I feel so nostalgic for those three magical days but I can say with absolute certainty that is felt great to be there. I am a huge fan of the desert. The warm night air, the calming breeze, the clear blue sky.. I can’t get enough!

I stumbled upon the recently opened Ace Hotel about a month ago and by the time this weekend rolled around, my excitement had reached a fever pitch. My first impression upon driving in was “hey, good lighting”. I pulled in around dusk and when I entered, I was immediately struck by the warm, inviting atmosphere that the good proprietors had created. Warm, orange light bathed the exteriors, which contrasted nicely to the white-washed buildings that housed the hotel rooms. Each building ( there are five) is outfitted with a larger than life fireplace surrounded by a decked out atrium that is wrapped in twinkling orange bulbs. The overall effect  is stunning – designy but not overly done up. In fact, the best way to describe the ACE is low key, subtle and intensely comfortable.

The rooms look as if they were deigned by the baby of Indiana Jones and Phillipe Starck (clearly a surrogate would be necessary – Isak Dinesen?) The walls and the windows are flanked by canvas, which sounds stramge but works really well..creating a tent-like vibe that makes one feel as if they are on some fabulous luxury safari in some far off land. Morrocan accents  in deep oranges, browns and blues offer a great contrast  to the beige canvas and white bedding. All the lights are on dimmers ( big plus! ) so it is easy to create a mood without really doing much. 

I opted for one of the rooms with a private patio and fireplace and having the outdoor space was  a nice extra. It felt private and spacious and it was completely worth the 100 dollar price difference. The hotel offers a DIY BBQ dinner and we opted for this on our third night. Having the outdoor patio with the fireplace lent itself nicely to this and it was beyond pleasant to enjoy a private meal outside our room. While the meal was slightly pricey ( I mean, you do have to cook it yourself), the head chef himself came to the room and explained our feast and we were given a selection of lamb, chicken and steak along with a green and potato salads, coleslaw and pickled cabbage. It was a super fun thing to do and one of the many services that make ACE a unique experience. 

What must be noted about ACE is that wherever possible, the hotel uses  organic, locally grown and in season food to prepare meals. You would think that this would make everything super pricey but in reality, this is one of the most reasonably priced hotels I have ever stayed in. On average, breakfast  and lunch ran us a mere 30 dollars for two including tip.  (you can’t leave without trying the bison burger!)Each meal always included at least two alcoholic beverages. There are no added room service charges, facility fees, parking fees or service fees at any time..seriously… SHOCKING! 

The two pools are both great. In addition to be salt-water, they are flanked by gigantic pillows that actually float. There are shady hammocks that line the exterior of the pool and make for a nice place to get out of the scorching sun. 

Overall, it was a total success. This is a great place if you are looking for laid back luxury with a funky flair.  I am counting the days until I can return..until then…