What’s New in Palm Springs

Resort Openings and Renovations 

The Velvet Rope Hotel – 120 W Veredasur

For fans of  midcentury architecture, The Velvet Rope Hotel is for you. This property, formerly known as the La Posada, was designed in 1952 by Herbert Burns, and the new owner is ensuring 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.” Designer David Rios completely reimagined the hotel. Website

Each room is a unique luxury suite. The Candelabra Suite showcases the opulence of Liberace, the Ricardo Suite with the laughter of Lucy, and the Lavender Suite captivates Elizabeth Taylor.

The Velvet Rope Honeymoon suite

Jazz Hotel – 354 E Stevens Road

Jazz Hotel Palm Springs is a midcentury modern boutique hotel located a block off Indian Canyon and surrounded by several other boutique resorts. All rooms have been newly restored with a sleek, modern design. French-Canadian-owned, it offers a timeless, refined experience in an art-inspired décor. Every room also comes with a private garden space and a mountain view. This is an adults-only and pet-friendly property.

They currently don’t have a website, but you can book here.

Jazz Hotel

Blackhaus Hotel  by Avantstay – 421 S Calle Encilia

A one-story hybrid hotel consists of four 1,655-square-foot buildings. This is a Chris Pardo design, who also designed the Arrive Hotel. While zoned as a hotel, it operates more like an Airbnb, with no onsite registration. It’s an adults-only hotel for those 25 years or older. The Blackhaus offers various booking options, from 1-bedroom rooms to 2, 4, 8, or even a 16-bedroom buyout. The one-bedroom option is the only listing that does not have a kitchen, laundry, Bocce Ball court, firepit/fireplace, or private BBQ access.

With a Buyout of two buildings, you will get eight bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. Between them, each building features a bright living and kitchen area and tons of outdoor entertainment and lounge space. Stay cool near the central pool area, play a round of bocce ball, or gather around an outdoor fireplace. The terraces outside each living room are perfect for al fresco meals, while each bedroom comes with an ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV, and a small private patio. Website

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Drift Hotel Palm Springs – 284 S Indian Canyon Drive

The newest boutique property to join TMC Hospitality’s Drift brand portfolio, Drift Palm Springs, in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The 30-key hotel has 84 guest rooms ranging from single units to four-bedroom suites catering to the fast-growing group travel market. Designed in partnership with O2 Architecture and Folklore, the property celebrates Palm Springs’ aesthetic through its neutral color scheme and modern design, with architectural themes including Spanish Colonial Revival and Moorish modern visible throughout. Amenities include an iconic resort-style pool home to a poolside bar and custom cabanas, Maleza, an all-day dining experience serving elevated Baja-inspired fare, an event lawn with fire pits, and a yoga studio.

drift pool

Mahala Hotel – 1777 North Palm Canyon

Guest experience starts with comfy quarters in this 14-room hotel. Unique, custom-designed furnishings, ample platform beds, high-end electronics, large, luxurious rain showers, and original art are featured in every room.

Mahala hotel patio

Life House Palm Springs – 1700 S Palm Canyon

The Life House Palm Springs manifesto is that exposure to new faces, places, and cultures leads to a more fulfilling life. Their name was born out of this belief and in the ability to breathe life into properties that may be overlooked. Today’s modern traveler is seeking newness and the familiar at once. This property is meant to strike that balance.

You may remember this property, which was called the Royal Sun. It was initially built in 1965.

Life House Lobby

Yara Hotel – 221 E Sonora Road

The Yara Hotel is a 21+, 10-room boutique desert oasis nestled beneath the San Jacinto mountains. Revived and redesigned, this Spanish-style hotel has become a serene retreat for slow living. Inspired by the natural beauty of the desert, the Yara Hotel creates a far-away feel with intentional details reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

The pool is the heart of Yara—an intimate yet inviting space where you’ll find yourself friendly with those traveling from near and far. Lounge on any comfy day bed and vibe with the eclectic tunes. The space is neutral in color but lavish in texture. No detail has been spared lightly, perfectly accenting the breathtaking Spanish architecture.

Yara offers a complimentary breakfast, poolside drink service with a curated natural wine list, premium cocktails, and a boutique selection of beers and seltzers. Yara will soon offer an exclusive communal prix fixe chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing for dinner.

Yara Hotel Front

New Palm Springs Dining

Alice B. – 1122 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

Living Out is excited to announce the name of its on-premises restaurant led by world-renowned chefs and restaurateurs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. The menu showcases the latest and most fantastic ingredients discovered on their travels with a seasonal Southern Californian approach. The name Alice B. was inspired by the legendary California-born author Alice B. Toklas, who wrote, amongst other things, a memoir disguised as a cookbook chronicling her life with partner Gertrude Stein. Alice and Gertrude shared a publicly acknowledged and enduring relationship for nearly four decades and, as members of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century, hosted regular salons attended by relative “unknowns” who would go on to become some of the world’s most influential and celebrated artists and writers. Website

Alice B Interior

Minerva’s at Life House – 1700 S. Palm Canyon

Minerva’s is located at the Life House Palm Springs Hotel. In their own words – They try to tell a true story through the lens of a protagonist who unites the environment, the architecture, the menu, the music, the décor, and beyond. It’s described as a Hollywood starlet’s midcentury desert hideaway with a pool house, bar, and restaurant. The interior is boutique, and the outdoor patio is expansive.  Website

Minerva's

The Canopy Wine Lounge – 175 N Palm Canyon, Suite 150

Canopy Wine Lounge is the latest project by international entrepreneur and vintner Alejandro Bulghuroni and former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet. Their wine list features wines from Alejandro’s 15 wineries across the globe, as well as Noah’s label, Gran Diplomat, and many more exciting labels to round out our list. Local designer Christopher Kennedy created the space, and it will be buzzing from day one. They have partnered with neighbors Clandestino and On the Mark to make a delicious menu to compliment our vast array of wines. Canopy will offer wine flights, tastings, and wines by the glass and bottle. They will also feature their rosé on tap, aged on-site in a beautiful custom amphora. Website

Canopy Wine Lounge

Zadie Cafe – 400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

Located within the Hilton Palm Springs Hotel in the heart of Palm Springs, Zadie Café is a hidden gem that brings the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean to the desert oasis. With its modern and inviting atmosphere, Zadie’s offers a unique dining experience that combines traditional Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary twist.

Zadie sabich: israeli pita sandwich with fried eggplant, hard boiled egg, israeli salad, amba and tahini sauce

Play Lounge & Café – 1825 E Tahquitz Canyon

Play Lounge & Cafe is a hangout spot for those who like meeting new people and playing games.  Grab a coffee in the morning, a bit of lunch, or a drink in the evening. They have board games, outdoor games, pool tables, darts, and more. Website

Play Lounge

Carmela Ice Cream – 750 N. Palm Canyon

Carmela makes seasonal ice creams entirely from scratch in small batches using fresh, natural ingredients and nothing artificial. They are located in the Flannery Exchange. Open daily, 11:30 am – 10 pm.  Website

Carmela Ice Cream

Crudo Cervicheria – 515 N Palm Canyon

Their concept is about bringing you shareable dishes with a touch of Mexican flair inspired by the north of Mexico. From clean, fresh fish to top-to-bottom fresh ingredients, they will tantalize your taste buds. It is located next to the Chicken Ranch in The Corridor. Website

Crudo Cervicheria

Sonny’s Bar & Grill – 214 E Arenas Road

The newest addition to Arenas Road, Sonny’s Bar & Grill, offers a great atmosphere and serves fusion food and drinks. It is named after the owner, Sonny Vegas. They feature a Sunrise and a Sunset American-style menu. LGBTQ+ owned on Arenas. Facebook Page

Sonny's Bar and Grill

JimmyB’s – 155 S Palm Canyon

JimmyB’s is located below Wilma & Frieda’s and across from La Plaza downtown. Great location. They currently serve an American-style menu for breakfast and lunch. They expect to add a dinner menu soon. Website.

Jimm Bs

New Spa

Spa at Sec-he – 200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

For generations, our sacred waters have soothed, healed, and transformed. Discover the history of this ancient hot mineral spring and why it is one of the most important cultural resources protected by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

You can read more about Spa at Sec-he.

spa at sec he pool

New Cultural Museum

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum – 140 N. Indian Canyon Drive

The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum was founded in 1991 and was initially located at 219 South Palm Canyon Drive in the Village Green Heritage Center in downtown Palm Springs, California. Initially, ACCM was governed by a board of directors comprised of ACBCI Tribal members. In late 2017, the Museum became a department of the ACBCI Tribal Government and is now managed by the ACBCI Tribal Council.

Master planning for the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza encompassing the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and the Spa at Séc-he began in 2015. In 2017, JCJ Architecture was recruited to design both buildings and the surrounding outdoor spaces. The inspiration for the Museum’s curved shape comes from traditional Cahuilla basketmaking. The footprint of the building represents a basket start, the first few coils of a new basket. Website

New Retail

Wolf Contemporary – 768 N Palm Canyon

Wolf is a curated art and design gallery in the Uptown Design District. Directed by Mark Rose, Wolf showcases works by contemporary California artists, rare findings, and unique designs in a gallery setting. This can include antique artifacts, rare vintage designer handbags, modern and vintage jewelry, and the occasional piece of statement furniture. Each piece of art or design has a story, history, and meaning. All pieces are offered with refinement, style, and supreme quality. Website

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Phylum – 901 N Palm Springs

Phylum is a new destination for modern design in the Uptown Design District. They feature a colorful array of contemporary housewares, barware, apothecaries, gifts, and furniture, all with complimentary gift wrap and local delivery. Website

Phylum

Kee Gallery – 2600 S Cherokee Way

Kee Gallery is part of the Backstreet Art District. It is represented by Kathleen Strukoff, Ernesto Ramirez, and Eric Meger. Website

Kee Gallery Artists

Pink Palm Springs – 263 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

The Pink Palm Springs women’s clothing store is a haven for fashion-forward women seeking unique and trendy pieces to express their style. With its vibrant ambiance, exceptional customer service, and carefully curated collection, Pink Palm Springs has become a go-to destination for fashion enthusiasts searching for one-of-a-kind pieces.

Pink Palm Springs

Sunny Days – 174 N Palm Canyon

A woman’s clothing boutique with styles from Bella Dahl, Johnny Was, Z Supply, and more. Next to Destination PSP downtown.

New Things To Do

Palm Springs Surf Club – 1500 S. Gene Autry Trail

The Surf Club project is unique in that it is a retrofit of the former Palm Springs Wet n’ Wild waterpark wave pool, a site that provides both advantages and challenges. The original waterpark, built in 1986, was revamped and rebranded as Wet n’ Wild in 2013.

Various rental boards are available for surf session reservations or purchase. Riding the wave starts at $100 for beginners (group of 12), $150 for intermediates (group of 12), and $200 for advanced (group of 9). All pricing is subject to change.

Opening later in 2024, guests will enjoy a lazy river and waterslide attractions. Website

Palm Springs Surf Club

Coming Soon

Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse – 450 S Palm Canyon

Churrasco will feature a sleek modern décor with inside seating for 140 and additional outdoor patio seating for another 30. A large imported fresh market table will be filled with favorites, including new, chilled salads and hot sides, sauces, imported cheeses, and their famous mushroom risotto.  But the star of this Brazilian steakhouse is the all-you-can-eat meats and rotisserie roasted to perfection on a wood charcoal grill. Churrasco will offer 15 meat selections, including Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Lamb chops, Beef Ribs, Picanha (House special), Filet with bacon, Leg of Lamb, and Top sirloin. Website

Churrasco Brazilian steakhouse

Cipolline Osteria – 1260 S Palm Canyon

This originally was opened in this space and closed. The New York Company then moved in and later closed. Cipoline Osteria is planning on returning to this space.

Perry’s Fine Wines & Liquors – 641 N Palm Canyon

Bert Perry first opened the doors of his store in 1934 in the beautiful town of Provincetown, MA, at the very tip of Cape Cod. Ever since, Perry’s has been helping celebrate the best moments of Provincetown life with exceptional service and a world-class selection, playing a central role in our local community. Now, almost 90 years in, they are excited to extend our philosophy of service to a new community, yet one that already feels like home: Palm Springs.

Tony’s Burgers – 665 S. Palm Canyon Drive

Tony’s Burgers is taking over Pete’s Hideaway space. Family-owned, they are opening this as their second location. Although the name implies that all they serve is burgers, they have a wide selection of choices on the menu. Try the famous fish tacos, hotdogs, fresh salads, avocado fries, and gourmet burgers.

Livs at the Palm Springs Art Museum – 101 N Museum Drive

Livs is taking over the downstairs space that used to be the Muse Café. They are currently doing a pop-up on Thursday evenings with VillageFest.

Dream Hotel Update

Construction remains halted at the project on Amado Road across from the Palm Springs Convention Center. Plans call for a 156-room hotel, 40 condo units, and an event space. The City Council has not approved the project’s layout due to the proposed height increase, which would block some neighbors’ views. It would allow 24 units to be added, increasing the height from 24 feet to 38 feet. It would also add 20 feet to a planned structure containing 12 condo units, raising the height from 26 feet to 46 feet.

Thompson Hotel Update

This was initially built under the Andaz brand and has since changed to the Thompson Hotel brand. There will be a total of 168 guest rooms.  Perched in the heart of the Design District, Thompson Palm Springs will bring a fresh spin to its rich cultural heritage, boasting an iconic midcentury modern design that embodies the Rat Pack-era style the neighborhood is famous for. This chic urban oasis will offer unique rooms, suites with private pools, and unrivaled amenities—available to locals and visitors alike—including a signature restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine helmed by an award-winning chef, two sizeable outdoor pool venues, gourmet ice cream, and coffee shops, plus wellness and fitness memberships. Opening in phases beginning in 2024.

Thompson PS_Main Pool

Palm Springs International Airport will double the number of eateries.