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.
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.
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.
The former Tortuga Del Sol property in the warm sands neighborhood is being reimaged by the owners of BelleVue, which recently opened.
Float Palm Springs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AsiaSF is a cabaret dinner show that’s been wowing crowds for 23 years in San Francisco. Palm Springs as its first location outside the Bay Area.
The AsiaSF Palm Springs stages are in the middle of the sophisticated dining room, allowing everyone to see the beautifully choreographed show from different vantage points. Performers, who are all transgender women, bring their own personalities to lip-synced renditions of party playlist classics like Madonna’s “Vogue,” plus other pop and Broadway favorites.
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.
This is a new home for Desert Rose Playhouse, opening where Zelda’s used to be in the Sun Center.
A new natural wine shop.
The Bode is a 30-room boutique style hotel currently being constructed on 1.8 acres. The three story hotel will have 42,729 square feet of useable space and will include a cafe/bar, event space, and pool area. A completion date has not been announced.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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…
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.
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