Built on the foundation of a 1965 Howard Johnson hotel, Ace Hotel & Swim Club is part Palm Springs classic and part urban cool. Its simple and undenialibly cool. So much so that we tried to change our flights home just to stay there longer. It really is an oasis in the desert. Inside, it maintains all the original features that you expect from a mid-century design, clean lines, use of raw and natural materials. Outside, set against the rocky mountains is the pool surrounded with everything you'd ever need, a BBQ, towel service, DJ, massage, bar and yes even a pool side gift shop. It's a pinch-yourself setting.
King's Highway restaurant redefines roadside diner fare as part of an American peasant food tradition. With local, seasonal, and organic ingredients matched with locally produced beers and imported champagnes, even the menu itself is mouthwatering in design as well as what it has on offer.
This place is a must-do if you're in the region. We hired a convertible mustang (of course) and drove especially from LA to check it out, this and of course some of the finest examples of mid-century architecture. More of that in a separate post.