PHOTO: Douglas Lyle Thompson

Ace Hotel and Swim Club

701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, California 92264, United States

Leah Charney

With two vibrant pools, a funky diner restaurant, a happening bar, and a dog park, the Ace Hotel and Swim Club exudes mad retro vibes and tends to attract a hipper demographic. Located on the south edge of downtown Palm Springs, The Ace is situated perfectly for travelers who want to enjoy the city’s offerings or venture down valley to additional attractions along Highway 111.

room

The 179 rooms and suites—decorated in a very California style combining vintage items, desert chic, and surfing cool—offer a variety of amenities, including 24-hour room service, free WiFi, stocked in-room minibars, and either pool or mountain views. Some rooms have vinyl and record players. Upgraded rooms offer private patios or fireplaces.

Standard King room.
Photo: Standard King room. / Douglas Lyle Thompson
Bottom floor room private patio w/ fireplace.
Photo: Bottom floor room private patio w/ fireplace. / Douglas Lyle Thompson
Clubhouse event space top deck
Photo: Clubhouse event space top deck / Douglas Lyle Thompson

bathroom

Bathrooms include showers and bath products provided by Rudy’s Barbershop, with soap by Pearl+. The Ace claims to have “the best bathrobe,” are kimono style and made of flannel.

Lobby seating area
Photo: Lobby seating area / Douglas Lyle Thompson

lobby

Intended to be a gathering space, the lobby is somehow invites both lounging and socializing. The overstuffed sectional is perfect for reading or for hanging art. The walls are covered in local art and a large art installation made from rope.

Lobby seating area
Photo: Lobby seating area / Douglas Lyle Thompson

pool

Two wonderfully large pools grace the property: The Commune Pool is a low-key hangout spot, with a firepit and an amphitheater event space that’s used for parties and weddings. The Swim Club Pool is the party pool, with poolside cocktails and weekend pool parties.

Pool at sunset.
Photo: Pool at sunset. / Douglas Lyle Thompson
Pool Party
Photo: Pool Party / Douglas Lyle Thompson
Clubhouse event space top deck
Photo: Clubhouse event space top deck / Douglas Lyle Thompson
Outdoor spa room.
Photo: Outdoor spa room. / Douglas Lyle Thompson

spa

Continuing the theme of embracing simple pleasures, Feel Good Spa at the Ace Hotel offers organic and natural products made by Body Deli. Typical services include massages, facails, body masks, brushing, and reflexology, among others.

Outdoor spa room.
Photo: Outdoor spa room. / Douglas Lyle Thompson

gym

The gym is pretty impressive, especially for a swingingly hip hotel that caters to creatives. You’ll find the standard treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and weights, plus the not-always-standard sauna, steam room, and medicine balls.

King's Highway Restaurant
Photo: King's Highway Restaurant / Douglas Lyle Thompson

dining

Room service is available any time, day or night. While there’s no standalone cafe, the Ace serves Stumptown Coffee (a coffee favorite from Portland, Oregon) and guests can order it directly to their rooms. King’s Highway is a hip diner paying homage to the eateries of the road trips of yesteryear.

King's Highway Restaurant
Photo: King's Highway Restaurant / Douglas Lyle Thompson
Photo: Douglas Lyle Thompson

drinking

The bar at the Ace, Amigo Room, is known throughout the valley as a cool spot to find craft cocktails and an excellent beer selection. The space is moody, with dark brick walls and carved columns set against cozy leather booths.

Photo: Douglas Lyle Thompson

LOCATION

Getting Around

Parking is available on-site and bikes are also available for rent. The free Palm Springs shuttle, Buzz, picks up right outside the hotel on the corner of Camino Real.

Restaurants

Though the coffee at King’s Highway is the tops, there’s another coffee treat a short walk away at Koffi (1-minute walk)—a good quick-serve spot with a sweet outdoor patio. The deep dish pizza at Giuseppe’s Italian (12-minute walk; 2-minute drive) is out of this world. Yes, Frankinbun (3-minute walk) is a hot dog stand, but it’s honest-to-goodness gourmet.

Bars

As if the gorgeous bar top and incredible hand-drawn wall decor weren’t enough, the menu at Seymour's (5-minute walk) is also beyond divine. A charming newer tiki spot, The Reef (3-minute walk), is now open practically next door in the funky Caliente Tropics hotel. Dead or Alive (7-minute walk) is perfect for a beer or a glass of wine and a game of “Is this or that celebrity dead or still alive?”

WHY WE LIKE IT

It might feel a little like millennial central, but aging hipsters will also appreciate the dog park, simplistic rooms, and modern art and architecture. The restaurant and bar are terrific for non-hotel guests too; the mixologists at Amigo Room are incredibly skilled at slinging cocktails in this wannabe dive bar. We love the different culture of the two pools and the price is unbeatable for the amenities guests, especially those traveling with pets and older kids, receive.

QUICK FACTS

Pet Friendly
168 rooms, 11 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service Yes
Gym, Pool
Yes
Free Parking,Parking Lot
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 760-325–9900

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