Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Minutes from downtown, but can still feel worlds away
Just minutes from downtown Palm Springs, Ace Hotel and Swim Club is both an escape and a good launching point for Palm Springs' growing downtown area. It's not within walking distance of downtown, but it's a short (reasonable) cab ride away.
Once known as a destination only suited for spring breakers or retirees, Palm Springs has become a classy and clean desert destination for anyone looking for an uncluttered city with resort amenities. With a healthy gay scene and the Coachella valley (and music festival) just over 30 minutes away, the Palm Springs crowd is slowly becoming harder and harder to define. Most who come are there to spend, exercise and relax.
This upper-middle-range, 180-room hipster haven has a palpable party vibe and frequent music nights with a live DJ. The style is retro, with 70s details such as record players and vinyl in the rooms. It can be really loud here, and the property draws a young crowd (with dogs in tow), so older couples who want to relax, and perhaps families, may not want to stay here. But it has easy highway access to the rest of downtown Palm Springs and a purposeful off-the-beaten-path vibe.