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

Float Palm Springs – 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.

It’s a place where guests can enjoy lounging by the pool, sunbathing with friends, or kicking back in their well-appointed rooms. “Its essence is more of a retreat, where you can relax and have fun,” owner Tayfun King says. “You can meet people or be with your own crowd. It’s a very sociable space.” He came up with the name Float because when people think of “quintessential Palm Springs,” they imagine “a person in a pool, floating on an inflatable, with palm trees and blue skies behind them.” While Tortuga del Sol catered to gay men, Float Palm Springs caters to anyone who wants a classic Palm springs stay experience.

Tiki Hotel – 1333 N. Indian Canyon

The Tiki Hotel has taken over the former 2-story Colton Hotel. It’s a full on theme that includes decorations and table settings. Think of the vintage throw-back style with the hula girls. The Art Hotel is the owners sister hotel located right next door. They are back to back. They were built in 1961 and have been in the same family the entire time. Both properties require a buy-out reservation. Rooms are not individually reserved.

palm springs tiki hotel

Art Hotel – 1339 N Indian Canyon

art hotel pool

Opening In 2021

Fleur Noire Hotel – 1560 N Palm Canyons

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.

fleur noire guestroom

Descanzo Resort – 288 E. Camino Monte Vista

If you love the Santiago Resort, you’re going to adore its new brother property, Descanzo Resort. Formerly known as East Canyon Resort & Spa and the Uptown Hotel, the 14-room Descanzo will open in the fall, catering to gay men but providing luxe accommodations to a diverse clientele.

The main building is now undergoing renovations, and all of the spacious guest rooms will receive “a complete facelift, top to bottom,” Kent Taylor, general manager of the Santiago Resort, says. That involves new paint, furniture, floors, and window coverings, plus high-end linens and bath towels. “It will feel like a completely different room by the time we’re done,” Kent says. The grounds are also being revamped, and a cantina area is being configured so guests can enjoy gourmet coffee and other drinks throughout the day. Just like at the Santiago, the Descanzo staff will go above and beyond to make every guest feel welcome and at ease. “The goal is to make it even more of a men’s boutique hotel experience by the time we’re done, to make it even more special than the Santiago,” Kent says.

Hotel Las Palmas – 120 W Veredasur

For fans of mid-century architecture, the Hotel Las Palmas, opening early this fall, is for you. This property, formerly known as the La Posada, was designed in 1952 by Herbert Burns, and new owner Ben Storck is making sure that the hotel retains its charm. “It is in remarkable condition and retains almost all of its original fixtures and details,” Ben says. “We are doing a sensitive, historical restoration and have Steven Keylon, who wrote the book on Herbert Burns, as a consultant.” He can’t wait to open the Hotel Las Palmas’ doors, promising it will be “the premier boutique hotel of Old Las Palmas.”

Limon in Palm Springs – 560 S Grenfall Road

Across town, another husband and wife team is turning a collection of 1956 apartments into a seven-room boutique hotel with an “international” take on mid-century modern style, dubbed Limón.  Tim and Amy Brinkman bought the 1956 apartment complex, formerly known as the Stuart Manor apartments. The couple also operate The Twist hotel just off of North Palm Canyon Drive in the Old Las Palmas.

The rooms, which surround the compound’s pool, will each have unique design and sleep two people for a total of 14 guests. The property will also have a game room with a wet bar and a “commercial-scale” kitchen with a 60-inch refrigerator and large stove. Prospective guests will need to round up a sizeable group of like-minded friends, as the hotel will only be available for full-site bookings. Expected to open in October.

lemon palm springs hotel

Mahala Hotel – 1777 North Palm Canyon Blvd,

Guest experience starts with comfy quarters. Unique, custom-designed furnishings, ample platform beds, high-end electronics, large, luxurious rain showers, and original art are featured in every room.

Opening In 2022

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

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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Blackhaus Hotel – 421 S Calle Encilia

A 20-room, one-story hotel project involving new construction of four 1,655-square foot buildings, each containing five rooms, situated around a motor court parking lot. This is a Chris Pardo design, who also designed the Arrive Hotel. While zoned an hotel, it is expected to operate more like an Airbnb.

Blackhaus hotel rendering

New Dining

1501 Uptown Gastropub – 1501 N Palm Canyon Drive

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)

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

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

Cafe La Jefa – 750 N Palm Canyon Drive

(Across from Trio in the Uptown Design District)

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

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

(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)

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

Tailor Shop – 140 West Via Lola

Craft Cocktail Lounge in the Palm Springs Uptown Design District from award winning chef Engin Onural, owner of Sandfish. Purveyor of fine spirits. Conversation and camaraderie are the pinnacles of the Tailor Shop. A dedication to artistry and their craft fuels our passion. They commit themselves to exceptional service to ensure a superior bespoke experience for their guests.

New in Entertainment

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

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

sonny's fusion bar & grill

I Heart Mac & Cheese – 190 S. Indian Canyon Drive

I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual restaurant concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches is entering the California market via Palm Springs, California. The store will be the first I Heart Mac & Cheese location in the state and West of the Mississippi.

“It’s exciting to be bringing this great brand to my home state,” said franchisee Blu Bryan, CEO and Founder of BMC Foods. “I Heart Mac & Cheese is a unique concept and I love our innovative take on a classic, childhood favorite food. With our customizable serving options and return to comfort food, we are responding to consumer demand while also furnishing an experience that is unparalleled in the marketplace.”

Trophy Room – Information Coming.

Owned by Town & Desert Hospitality.