Restored 1940s Hotel with Art Deco Architecture and Eclectic Decor
POSH Palm Springs is a prime example of the streamlined art-deco architectural style that reigned when it was built in the 1940s: white-stucco exterior, flat roof, and lots of curved lines. Recent renovations have helped 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.
All of the guest rooms face the pool in the center of the property, and each room has its own distinct decor. Deluxe Room 4 was dubbed the "spicy retreat" for its burnt-orange decor, and a massive cityscape canvas graces Deluxe Room 8.
The hotel's focus on keeping things laid-back earned it a spot on TripAdvisor's list of the top relaxation/spa hotels in the U.S. 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.
Palm Springs, California: SoCal Resort Town with Midcentury Charm
A little more than 100 miles east of Los Angeles lies Palm Springs, an oasis of outdoor recreation and old Hollywood glamour. The desert town was once the stomping ground of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and the Rat Pack and still attracts A-list vacationers. A stroll through the Movie Colony—which had its heyday between the 1930s and 1960s—will take you past the former homes of Dean Martin, Bob Hope, and Marilyn Monroe.
Palm Springs is also the birthplace of desert modernism, a Bauhaus-influenced architecture movement. You can explore the area's famed midcentury-modern landmarks on a self-guided tour; grab a map at the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center, itself housed within an iconic building—the retro-futuristic Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey. Furniture and clothing boutiques along Palm Canyon Drive, the main drag, embrace Palm Springs' trademark aesthetic—what you might call Mad Men West. Nearby, the small but impressively curated Palm Springs Art Museum features works by Pablo Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg along with significant contemporary and Native American collections.
The sun shines on more than 300 days a year in Palm Springs, which means you can play a round of golf or hike in the nearby Agua Caliente Indian Canyons no matter the season. It’s worth it to take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, whose tramcars rotate 360 degrees as they carry passengers to Mount San Jacinto’s Mountain Station, located 8,516 feet above sea level. About 40 miles northeast is the nearly 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, which encompasses parts of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Take a stroll on 1 of the 12 nature trails for a chance to see native animals, such as desert bighorn sheep, snakes, and black-tailed jackrabbits.
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