What’s New in Palm Springs

Group and dog in front of Boozehounds

22 New Things To Check Out In 2022

forever marilyn by downtown park

1 –  Welcome Back Forever Marilyn

2 – New Palm Springs Downtown Park

3 – Palm Springs Public Art – Colorful Benches Downtown

Recent Resort Openings and Renovations 

4 – Azure Sky – 1661 South Calle Palo Fierro

Azure Sky, an intimate 14-room, 21 and over, luxury boutique hotel is scheduled to open in March 2022. Dating back to 1959, the South Palm Springs property offers wide-open views of the San Jacinto Mountains and is enveloped by desert landscaping, providing a sanctuary with a residential feel. Azure Sky will feature a premium cocktail bar; cozy fireplace; two wide open courtyards with fire pits; pool and jacuzzi; and lounge seating throughout the property. Twelve of the rooms include small, fully equipped kitchenettes; coffee and continental breakfast is served in the morning; and guests are within walking distance of several neighboring boutique hotels and restaurants. Azure Sky is part of Acme Hospitality and Eastern Real Estate’s award-winning, innovative collection of boutique food, beverage and hotel concepts in Santa Barbara and Nevada Counties.

Azure Sky room

5 – Hermann Bungalows

This is an extension to L’Horizon Hotel owned by Steve Hermann. It will have 24 rooms appointed with midcentury modern furnishings as well as design features and natural color palettes that draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape. The bungalows feature private seating areas and outdoor bars, which look out toward the pool and the mountains beyond.  Inside, the bungalows boast floor-to-ceiling windows, Venetian marble floors, and stone walls. The property includes two studio suites and two one-bedroom suites. Among these accommodations are four rooms featuring a fully fenced backyard, three rooms with jacuzzi tubs, and 12 rooms with both indoor and outdoor showers.

Hermann Bungalows

6. Descanso Resort – 288 E. Camino Monte Vista

If you love the Santiago Resort, you’re going to adore its new brother property, Descanso Resort. Formerly known as East Canyon Resort & Spa and the Uptown Hotel, the 14-room Descanso is now open. This upscale clothing optional resort catering to gay men is unique and offers a midcentury modern interior design. It’s been completely reimagined. Include complementary continental breakfast and “stay & splash” lunch.

Descanso Resort suite

7 – Twin Palms Resort – 1930 S. Camino Real

Giving new life to the historic Twin Palms Resort has long been a dream of the ownership team. Combining their love of the desert, passion for art and design, and desire to preserve a bit of Palm Springs’ history, they’ve created a unique and thoroughly modern resort for gay men. We hope you find this one-of-a-kind destination both relaxing and unforgettable. Please take a look at our complete portfolio of distinguished properties in Palm Springs, including Santiago Resort and Descanso Resort.

This completely reimagined desert retreat beautifully balances the striking natural environment surrounding the property with the iconic architecture this Palm Springs neighborhood is famous for. Even the shape of the resort’s centerpiece, a stunning new swimming pool, mirrors the rooflines of the midcentury modern homes nearby. And of course, swimsuits are always optional. Includes complimentary continental breakfast, poolside lunch, snacks and drinks.

Twin palms resort

8 – 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

9 – Art Hotel – 1339 N Indian Canyon

Originally built in 1960, and totally reimagined by local artist Tracy Turco, the Art Hotel presents 8 artists studios within walking distance of the famed Palm Springs Uptown Design District. These self-contained studios largely come with a king bed, separate bathroom, kitchenette, TV, wifi, guitar, record player with vintage vinyl and local artists work for inspiration. This is a group buy out only property.

art hotel pool

10 – 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.

limon hotel

11 – Fleur Noire Hotel – 1560 N Palm Canyons

Fleur Noire Hotel is a boldly re-imagined historic boutique Palm Springs hotel in the city’s Uptown Design District that opened last summer.  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. This is a buy out only property

fleur noire guestroom

12 – The Cheetah – 354 E Stevens Rd

A 1962 mid-century hotel with 12 rooms, The Cheetah Hotel was reinvented by local designer Tracy Turco and her property developer husband Jerry. She also owns the Tiki Hotel and Art Hotel. This is a buy out only property.

Cheetah Hotel room

13 – The Three Ten Hotel – 310 E Palm Canyon

The Three Ten is a midcentury boutique hotel that has been extensively renovated and remodeled with a cool Palm Springs vibe. Rooms are outfitted with Murphy bed/closet, kitchenettes, with 2 rooms having full kitchens. All rooms overlook a central pool with great southwest mountain views. This is a buy out only property.

New Dining

14 – Clandestino Palm Springs – 175 N. Palm Canyons Drive

From the owners of Farm and Tac/Quila, Clandestino becomes the third installment featuring Mexican cuisine. It will feature a dialed-down food menu and larger bar menu that Tac/Quila. Think more tacos, fajitas and nachos. Less salmon and shrimp.

clandestino exterior

15 – Front Porch at Farm – 117 La Plaza

The Front Porch at Farm is an expansion to the very popular Farm restaurant. It will include healthy bites and craft cocktails in an intimate setting.

front porch at Farm cocktail

16 – 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. Owned by Jimmy McGill and Steve Piacenza, beloved dog owners.

Boozehounds

17 – Palmina By Puglia Italian Restaurant – 2500 N Palm Canyon Drive

For those looking for an old-fashioned tableside show, Palmina by Puglia offers pasta caronara made at your table with owner Antonello Zio. For dessert, they also offer a flaming tiramisu made with 20-year-old rum. The menu includes authentic Southern Italian dishes, including traditional Neapolitan style pizzas. Salads are topped with fresh mozzarella that Zito makes himself.

Palmina-pizza

18 – 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.”

mac & cheese

19 – GiGi’s Restaurant & Bar – 333 E Palm Canyon Dr

Located at the V Palm Springs Hotel, GiGi’s Restaurant & Lounge is a desert-inspired, Modern American restaurant, serving creative farm-to-table fare with a commitment to the freshest locally sourced ingredients.  The Indoor and Outdoor Spaces combine flowing dining spaces with a large Indoor/Outdoor Bar, Lounge, and Firepit Cocktail area, serving elevated and reimagined classic cocktails with a worldly flair. The space is a sophisticated, high energy dining environment, featuring various live music performances, Rotating DJ’s and more, in GiGi’s Poolside Garden.

GiGi's interior

20 –  Freddie’s Kitchen at The Cole – 2323 N Palm Canyon Drive

Freddie’s Kitchen is a Modern Bistro and Bar serving French California cuisine with global flavors. A fun, social, and comforting place to feel welcomed and fulfilled. Freddie takes the best locally grown and sourced food and mixes it with his creativity to re-imagine it into perfect bites. Prepared with love and made to be shared with family and friends over cocktails, conversation, and relaxation.

Freddie's Kitchen

21 – Tailor Shop – 140 West Via Lola

Craft Cocktail Lounge in the Palm Spring’s 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.

22 – The Thirsty Palms – 134 South Palm Canyon

The Thirsty Palms is now open in downtown under the direction of Executive Chef James Nellis. This new casual dining experience brings a fusion of American and European pallets to play.  Dinner options include Pork Schnitzel, Annatto Rubbed Skirt Steak, veal Tender Fillets, and their whopping 8oz Thirsty Burger.

the-thirsty-palms

Other New Openings

Hyphen – 1007  North Palm Canyon

A new natural wine shop.

Coming Soon

Alice B. – New restaurant at Living Out – Spring 2023

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 will showcase the latest and greatest 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.

Drift Palm Springs – 284 S Indian Canyon Road, Opening early 2023

The newest boutique property to join TMC Hospitality’s Drift brand portfolio, Drift Palm Springs is slated to open in early 2023 in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The 30-key hotel consists of 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 Folklor, 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 to note 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 Hotel exterior

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.”

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. Scheduled to open Springs of 2022.

mahala hotel

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum (fall 2022)

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. It is scheduled to open fall 2022.

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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

 

Sonny’s Fusion Bar & Grill – 214 E Arenas Road

sonny's fusion bar & grill

Trophy Room

This is owned by Town & Desert Hospitality and is scheduled to go in the historic J.W. Robinson building at 333 South Palm Canyon Road. It will be a dining and entertainment space. More information coming…

Tracy Turco

Jerry and Tracy Turco are expanding their businesses in Palm Springs. Scheduled to be open is a new Modernism Museum, Disco Pizza, Deco Palm Hotel and Art Parc. They also purchased the Magna Gabor residence in Little Tuscany, one of the Gabor sisters.

Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse – 450 S. Palm Canyon (Nov. 2022)

Churrasco will feature a sleek modern decor with inside seating for 140 and additional outdoor patio seating for another 30. There will be a large imported fresh market table filled with favorites including an assortment of fresh 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, 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.

Churrasco Brazilian steakhouse

Creme Restaurant – Autumn 2022

This restaurant is an expansion from the owners of the popular Oscar’s in downtown Palm Springs. It’s taking over the space of what used to be Blame It On Midnight at  777 E Tahquitz Canyon Way.

Spirit of Sophia – 1491 Vía Soledad

La Dolce Vita in 2017 sold and is being reimagined as Spirit of Sophia. More information to follow.

Pink Palm Clothing Boutique

Look for this opening on Tahquitz.

Clamatos Palm Springs

Look for this new business serving ice cream and other sweets opening on Tahquitz.

Reforma Palm Springs – 333 S Palm Canyon Drive

Reforma Palm Springs is currently under construction in the old midcentury modern J.W. Robinson’s building. The Trophy Room is also planned next door. The centerpiece of Reforma is a mural by @ricardo_ruiz_the_elder.  Menu items to include such treats as Argentinian tomahawk ribeye served with pomegranate chimichurri.

reforma entry sign

Dream Hotel Update – 7.20.2022

Construction remains halted at the project on Amado Road across from the Palm Springs Convention Center, but new plans are now awaiting approval at city hall swapping a conference center for luxury condos. The design changes are expected to go before the planning commission this fall before they head to city council for approval. The project is reportedly fully funded and is anticipating completion and opening of the hotel in 2025.