Colony Palms Hotel

One- or Two-Night Stay at Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, CA

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Former Speakeasy Reinvented into Mediterranean-Style Boutique Hotel

Throughout the 1920s and '30s, Detroit’s Purple Gang was a notorious crime syndicate. The gang's operations extended all the way to California, where member Al Wertheimer built the Colonial House as a front for a brothel and gambling den. Hollywood executives would weekend at this underground speakeasy, entering via a secret staircase tucked behind a cupboard. The property later went on to become a hotel that welcomed the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.

Today, the Colonial House is now in its fourth incarnation as the Colony Palms Hotel. And though it has long since shed its sketchy affiliations, the Colony still has nods to its early days, such as decorative black-and-white portraits of scantily clad starlets hanging on the walls.

Tribal weavings, red concrete floors, and half-shell lanterns make up some of the hotel's intriguing array of Moorish-style decor. The central courtyard, flanked by lemon and palm trees, has a Spanish-tile heated pool that overlooks the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s adjacent to the Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar, which specializes in Mediterranean dishes such as kurobuta pork shank and charred ahi-tuna steak. You can use the $25 food and beverage credit to nosh on new entrees from the restaurant's upcoming fall menu. The onsite spa also takes creative cues from the Mediterranean; it's designed to resemble a Turkish hammam.

Superior and deluxe guest rooms come furnished with either one king bed or two queen beds adorned by Turkish suzani headboards. Each tapestry inside has been hand-woven by Uzbekistani artisans. Wide windows overlook the courtyard or the San Jacinto Mountains, and some deluxe rooms include additional amenities such as a fireplace. Cozy up in front of the hearth with your champagne split (included with option 2) and enjoy the scenic views.

Palm Springs, California: Desert City with Outdoor Recreation and Hollywood History

Nestled in the Coachella Valley in Southern California, Palm Springs has fallen in and out of fashion throughout the past two centuries. The desert city remained relatively unknown up until the 20th century, when Hollywood A-listers flocked there for its temperate weather and tucked-away feel. Word spread quickly, and by the 1950s and 1960s, the landscape was dotted with tennis courts, swimming pools, and flashy modern homes owned by the likes of Elvis and Frank Sinatra.

Though it experienced a lull at the turn of the century, Palm Springs has emerged once again as a vacation hot spot. There's an old, kitschy feel that still survives in the city, which is now surrounded by retro midcentury hotels and classic Mediterranean-inspired villas. Luxury spas and boutique shops cover the glitzy downtown area of Palm Springs. The sun shines there roughly 350 days a year, which makes it easy to hike nearby or play on one of the area's designer golf courses in any season.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Accommodations with $25 food and beverage credit

  • Option 1: $112 for a one-night stay for two in a superior room, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday for travel September 4–27 (up to a $204 value)
  • Option 2: $242 for a two-night stay for up to four in a deluxe room with a champagne split, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday for travel November 4–December 20 (up to a $598 value)

Book by: 11/2/12
Travel by: 9/27/12 (Option 1) or 12/20/12 (Option 2)

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Restaurant and bar with poolside terrace
  • Exercise facility
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • For option 2, book by 11/2/12 or promo value expires
  • Complete travel by 9/27/12 or 12/20/12 depending on option bought
  • Not valid 11/22
  • 3/person, +3 as gifts
  • 2/visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation req'd, subject to availability
  • 72-hour cancellation req'd or fee of 1-night's stay up to amount paid for Groupon
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • CC req'd at booking/check-in
  • Use promo value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Daily $24 resort fee and $1.50 utility fee not included
  • 13.57% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Courtyard, pool, or mountain views
  • Exotic hand-woven fabrics
  • Oversize showers

Superior Room or Deluxe King Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Deluxe Queen Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Resort fee includes: valet and self-parking, daily newspaper, wireless Internet in guest rooms and public areas, incoming and outgoing faxes, and access to the workout facility
  • Parking: included in resort fee
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $35 per day
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets up to 40 pounds may be added for an additional $100 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: may be available during booking or check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • By plane: 3 miles from Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
  • By cab: about $10 from PSP
  • By car: about 55 miles east of San Bernardino

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