I make no secret of my love for Palm Springs and am always ready to head out to the desert for some relaxation amongst the swaying palms set against the majestic San Jacinto mountains. Memorial weekend (Whitsun in the UK) seemed as though it would be spent relatively quietly at home, until the husband surprised me with a spontaneous stay at the Del Marcos Hotel on Monday night. Bear in mind, we were both in the gym at the time and I was in the middle of an arm workout!! I had to think on my feet about what to pack in a hurry, of course having to include at least 2 instagram worthy outfits (in the end I took 5, a girl’s got to have choices). I surpassed my own expectations and packed almost in the blink of an eye, give or take a few minutes and we were off to that desert heat.
Quick trips require a less is more attitude to packing, a simple tank (it doesn’t get cold at all this time of year), shorts and flat thong sandals ( which will work for day and night), are all you need for desert chic. Complete your look with a Panama style hat and skinny scarf.
We stayed at this 17 room boutique hotel in 2011, which was the very first time we visited Palm Springs and have stayed a few times since. Designed built by William.F.Cody in 1947 , it truly embodies that Palm Springs lifestyle and you always get a very real sense of what it was like back then. The cool lobby area is authentically furnished, but maintains an up to date vibe.
Along with the lobby area ,rooms are furnished and kept as true to the modernist era as possible, but with modern day amenities and some come with a kitchenette, which is great if you like to prepare your own snacks and drinks. All have their own seating area outside and a few have their own private patio area, perfect for sipping an early morning cuppa.
The focal point is the gorgeous pool area with a covered lounge at the far end. All the rooms surround this beautiful space, yet you still feel an air of privacy at this adults only haven. Go old school and grab your favorite book, pull up a lounger and while away a few hours. Just when you thought you couldn’t enjoy the day more, along comes Happy Hour between 4pm and 5pm, with complimentary wine, beer and snacks. There is also a poolside service during the day, which means you don’t have to lift a finger at all and can fully immerse yourself in this mid century gem. With hospitality this good, you might never want to leave!
As luck would have it, right next door to the Del Marcos Hotel is one of their sister properties, La Serena Villas (www.lasserenavillas.com). The Del Marcos doesn’t have its own full service kitchen, so all poolside food and drinks come from here (it takes no time at all either).The intimate 18 room hotel has that Palm Springs vibe, but with a mediterranean meets Morocco flair.
The restaurant , Azucar overlooks the pool and has a menu with meat, fish and vegetarian options ,sadly for us, nothing much in the way of vegan, apart from the lunchtime offerings of guacamole and hummus.However, we did enjoy the Sugar High rooftop lounge for a couple of sundowners and generally being amongst the beautiful, decor.
With a cocktail in hand, this really is a perfect spot to watch the sun disappear behind those mountains.
There is also a gorgeous spa here, we didn’t get to go this time, but maybe next time. These peacock chairs greet you as you enter the pretty lobby and I had to take my (photo) opportunity!
A one night affair in the desert with the best of both worlds right on your doorstep makes it even more relaxing.
Until next time Palm Springs (and it won’t be long) and the Del Marcos Hotel.