What’s New in Palm Springs

Recent Resort Openings and Renovations 

BelleVue – 641 E San Lorenzo Road

The former property called The Escape in South Palm Springs, this charming and classic 1950’s property offers spectacular views of San Jacinto Mountains and features luscious green palm tree-filled landscapes that surround the turquoise blue pool and Jacuzzi. The offers a nostalgic mid-century modern ambience, high vaulted ceilings and many new bathrooms. BelleVue Oasis is a wonderful and quiet retreat for those seeking relaxation but still close to all the action. Whether you need a full kitchenette for a long stay, or simply accommodation for a short weekend, they have you covered.

Aerial view of Bellevue resortMargaritaville – 1600 N Indian Canyon

Margaritaville Palm Springs is at the prior location of the Riviera Palm Springs on the corner of East Palm Canyon and Vista Chino. This is their first resort on the West Coast and combines the chic, mid-century Palm Springs aesthetic with Margaritaville’s casual-luxe island feel. The resort includes 398 guest rooms, island-inspired drinks and dining options, the soothing St. Somewhere Spa (Palm Springs’ largest resort spa), family-oriented programming, and more than 40,000 square feet of combined wedding, meeting, and event space.

margaritaville palm springs

Opening In 2021

Fleur Noire Hotel

is a boldly re-imagined historic boutique Palm Springs hotel in the city’s Uptown Design District opens in early summer 2021.  Its 21 uniquely-designed casitas and suites have had their exteriors transformed with giant-sized California flower murals hand-painted by Detroit-based muralist Louise Jones (@ouizi) and interiors feature floral wallpaper from wallpaper artist Ellie Cashman (@elliecashmandesign). Interior design by Chris Pardo (@chrispardodesign), a founder and designer of ARRIVE hotels and Palm Springs’ Ernest Coffee, Bootlegger Tiki bar, and other notable retail and restaurant projects.  This is a perfect desert getaway for couples or a terrific location for weddings and special events.

Float – 715 E San Lorenzo Road

The former Tortuga Del Sol property in the warm sands neighborhood is being reimaged by the owners of BelleVue, which recently opened.

Opening In 2022

Agua Caliente Cultural

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians unveiled plans for a 5.8-acre cultural center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs that celebrates the history, culture and traditions of the Agua Caliente people. The cultural center will feature an envisioned Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, a new Agua Caliente Spa and Bathhouse that celebrates the Tribe’s ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a Gathering Plaza, gardens and an Oasis Trail. This was put on hold in early 2020 due to COVID and construction has resumed.

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New Dining

1501 Uptown Gastropub – 1501 N Palm Canyon Drive, 760.320.1501

Two well-known Palm Springs restauranteurs teamed up and opened 1501 Uptown. Chad Gardner of Roly China Fusion and 533 Viet Fusion, and Willie Rhine of 849 launched 1501 Uptown Gastropub in the location formerly occupied by Draughtsman. The team previously collaborated on catering and private events, and when Gardner heard that there was an opportunity for new operators to come into that space, he started dreaming up a new concept.

The space has an outdoor patio with a large, open floorplan that can seat up to 150 people, plus a bar and additional seating inside. The menu has appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and “big plates.” Dishes include crowd-pleasing favorites like avocado toast, charcuterie and steak frite, as well as decadent entrees like a lobster claw and blue crab mac-and-beer cheese and a vegan “shepherd’s pie” with slow-braised wild mushrooms and a cauliflower puree. There’s also a “1501” bacon cheeseburger for $15.01.

Bar Cecil – 1555 S Palm Canyon Drive (In the Plaza Del Sol Shopping Center), 442.332.3800

Bar Cecil is a love letter to Beaton’s vision of life and art: a celebration of what’s good and beautiful and in the process making memories through food, drink and warm hospitality. Bar Cecil is for those who follow the beat to their own drum, horn or whatever inspires them to create, to be individuals, and to embrace diversity. The culinary team is led by partner-executive chef Gabriel Woo, former executive chef of Sparrow’s Lodge and Holiday House in Palm Springs, and a 2019 guest chef at James Beard House in New York City. “The bistro menu honors local provisioners and the finest seasonal produce with a nod to the great American and European bistro experiences,” says Chef Woo.

In the perfect Beaton style, the menu’s “Why Not?” choices include Thomas Keller’s Regiis Ova caviar service, oysters on the half shell, a dry aged tomahawk steak, and The Fifty Dollar Martini, a Beluga vodka cocktail served with a deviled egg topped with Regiis Ova caviar and a house pickled cocktail onion.

Cecil Beaton was a writer, a photographer, a set designer and a lover of all things interesting and beautiful. The jewel box dining room and bar is a modern take on English wallpapers, warm woods and brass finishes, with inviting chartreuse velvet tufted booths and signature cerulean blue barstools. The 75 seat restaurant also includes chic and intimate patio dining in a garden setting accented with Schumacher floral print pillows and cushions. Signed prints from Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Damien Hirst, Sam Francis, Donald Sultan line

the walls, and of course, include timeless photographs from Beaton’s portfolio. Murals and painted details from local artist Tysen Knight and the restaurant’s partners complete the collection.

The dining room is managed by partner and general manager Nate VanDeventer, who joins the team from Lightning Bar Collective in Portland, OR, and who was a consultant for the opening of Villa Royale and Del Rey in Palm Springs in 2018.

Bar Cecil

Boozehounds – 2080 N Palm Canyon Drive, 760.656.0067

They started Boozehounds for one simple reason, they love our dogs. They wanted to create a contemporary, multifaceted space where people can socialize with their pups. The expansive restaurant and lounge is located in North Palm Springs, the gateway to the city, will provide a friendly environment for both canines and their humans. Featuring a main indoor dining room and bar along with an open-air lounge and patio bar, facing the picturesque Mt. San Jacinto State Park, the all-day Southern California menu will consist of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients paired with a selection of craft cocktails.

The city of Palm Springs has a large dog owner community and they want to contribute to that beloved community and create a space for them. Boozehounds will be a coffee, co-working, and lunch spot by day and the place to be for happy hour; and when happy hour turns into happy hours, you can grab snacks or dinner as well. Coffee Service starts at 8am – 3pm, Happy Hour 3 – 5pm, Dinner 5 – 10pm (Sun-Thurs) 5 – 11pm (Fri & Sat). They are currently not serving lunch or brunch, but will be in the near future.

Boozehounds

750 N Palm Canyon Drive (Across from Trio in the Uptown Design District)., 760.364.9609

Cafe La Jefa is a modern and sustainable coffee house serving delicious specialty coffee and healthy gourmet food. Their coffee from Sisters Coffee Company in Oregon. Open daily 7am – 7pm.

Café La Jefa

El Patio Palm Springs – 139 E Andreas Rd, 760.832.6332

El Patio is a family run dining experience that started from Felipes on El Cielo Road by the Palm Springs International Airport.  Because of their loyal customers they are able to open a second restaurant. Features traditional entrees, seafood & festive drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of outdoor patio seating.

El Patio Palm Springs

Gabino’s Creperie- 170 E Palm Canyon Dr #4

After circumnavigating the globe, Marcel Ramirez, owner of Gabino’s Creperie, has brought his favorite tastes back to our beloved hometown. “I was born and raised in Palm Springs,” narrates Ramirez. “I lived a couple years in New Jersey in a little town called New Brunswick. Then I also spent some time in South America. I lived out there in Santiago, Chile. Then my last one was in San Francisco. Finally, I decided, all right, it’s time to go back home.” If you immediately think sweet when you hear the word creperie, then think again. At this shop they specialize in delicious savory crepes. Save your sweet tooth for Kreem next door.

Gabino's crepe

Peruvian Fuego – 1751 N Sunrise Way Suite F (,Located in the Alberton’s complex on North Sunrise by Loco Charlie’s Mexican Grill).

Peruvian Fuego is an intimate restaurant with a select menu, but with a big punch for flavor. Enjoy dishes lik Chicken Tallarín Saltado, Steak Lomo Santado, and Steak Tallarines Verdes. Or try the ceviche which comes with sweet potatoes, corn, and corn nuts.

Peruvian Palm Springs foot

Sam’s Place – 155 S Palm Canyon Drive Suite A6 (Below Willa and Frieda’s in downtown Palm Springs), 760.464.0024

Sam’s Place took over the Ruby’s Diner location. Great American style comfort food with a big breakfast menu. Their salads are sizable and are sharable. Try the Pear, Pecan & Feta. Tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette.

sam's place

New in Entertainment

Desert Rose Playhouse – 611 S Palm Canyon Drive, Suite #15 – 760.202.3000

This is a new home for Desert Rose Playhouse, opening where Zelda’s used to be in the Sun Center.

desert rose playhouse

Coming Soon

Sonny’s Fusion Bar & Grill – 214 E Arenas Road, 760.992. 5120

sonny's fusion bar & grill

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