Restored 1930s Hotel with Art Deco Architecture and Eclectic Decor
The exterior of POSH Palm Springs, built in the 1930s, is a prime example of the streamline art deco architectural style: white-stucco exterior, flat roof, and lots of curved lines. A recent renovation was undertaken to preserve this unique design, which bears similarities to many buildings from the period. Inside, owners Mike and Suzy Antal have given the interior a playful face-lift. There are lime-green and orange walls, homemade abstract art pieces, and tropical birdcages painted in yellow and blue⎯one of which houses a pet cockatiel.
Throughout the property, the focus is on keeping things laid-back. Maybe that's why the hotel scored a spot on TripAdvisor's list of the top relaxation/spa hotels in the country in 2012. Set in the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains, the property wraps around a sparkling outdoor pool and new saltwater spa with towering palm trees at its fringes. Throughout the day, staff members refill complimentary pitchers of iced tea and lemonade.
Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Posh serves a three-course breakfast by the pool with homemade offerings such as french-toast soufflé and egg strata. Come evening, guests can mingle at a complimentary cocktail hour featuring hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and specialty martinis. Later, a turn-down service can include cookies and milk.
All of the guest rooms face the pool in the center of the property, and each room has its own distinct decor. POSH Suite 1—which boasts a full kitchen and separate dining area—is designed to recall Hollywood glamour from the black-and-white era. Deluxe Room 4 was dubbed the "spicy retreat" for its burnt-orange decor, and a massive cityscape canvas graces Deluxe Room 8.
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 over the course of the last two centuries. The desert town remained relatively unknown up until the 20th century, when it was discovered by Hollywood A-listers drawn to the temperate weather and sense of seclusion. Word spread quickly, and by 1950 the landscape was dotted with tennis courts, swimming pools, and flashy homes owned by celebrities such as Elvis and Frank Sinatra.
Though it experienced a lull at the turn of the 21st century, Palm Springs has emerged once again as a vacation hot spot. The sun shines on the city an average of 350 days a year—perfect conditions for hiking or playing a round of golf on one of the many designer courses. Luxury spas and boutique shops fill the glitzy downtown area. A modish feel still survives in the town, which is now surrounded by a mix of retro, mid-century hotels and new, Mediterranean-inspired villas.
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