Mod-Style Hotel in the Heart of Palm Springs
A small desert community in California's Coachella Valley, surrounded on all sides by arid brown mountains, Palm Springs seems an unlikely place for Sonny Bono to have been mayor. But the popular resort town, which sits beneath perpetually sunny skies, regularly attracts the rich, fashionable, and famous, who come here to golf, hike, swim, and socialize. Hotel Zoso encourages these pursuits with its ideal location—it sits on 4 acres in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, close to the city's thriving nightlife and within walking distance of restaurants and shopping.
The hotel’s mod, stucco structure blends seamlessly with its desert surroundings—and, in the backyard, the San Bernardino Mountains rise up behind an outdoor pool and hot tub. The pool-view rooms seem built for those who are larger than life: oversize modern furniture fills a wealth of floor space, and massive floor-to-ceiling windows showcase views of the mountains and future. Smaller touches, such as tortoiseshell lamps and potted trees, add warmth and style.
You can use your included beverage credit to sip drinks at the pool bar while admiring the famously fiery Palm Springs sunsets in the warm, dry evening air. During the weekend, head downstairs to the casual onsite restaurant, Olivz, for waffles, omelets, and sandwiches. The Onyx Bar serves small plates for dinner, with menu options such as sweet 'n' spicy calamari and grilled Angus burgers.
Palm Springs, California: SoCal Ease Meets Classic Hollywood Glamour
Set amid a rugged desert landscape recalling the face of a distant planet, Palm Springs is an oasis of casual living and midcentury Hollywood glamour. The sun-splashed getaway was once a stomping ground of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and it was also an inspiration for famous architects who founded the desert modernism movement here. Guided architecture tours run year-round; you can also grab a map of midcentury-modern landmarks at the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center, itself housed within an iconic building—the retro-futuristic Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey.
The Uptown Design District's central location between the glitzy Movie Colony and the architectural mecca of Las Palmas makes it rich grounds for touring on foot. Furniture and fashion boutiques along Palm Canyon Drive, the main drag, embrace Palm Springs' trademark midcentury modern aesthetic—what you might call Mad Men West. Nearby, the small but impressively curated Palm Springs Art Museum features works by Picasso and Rauschenberg alongside significant contemporary and Native American collections.
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