Thursday, April 1, 2010

Colony Palms Hotel Glam in Palm Springs, CA

Just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, with its recent multi-million dollar renovation and charming yet glamorous design style of "Moroccan-meets-Old World-meets-Hollywood" flair according to the staff, the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, CA is sure to please both celebrities and style-conscious visitors from all over the world. My hubby and I stayed there recently when I was on a magazine writing media tour and we had a wonderful experience at this beautiful desert hotel.

So come on, let's take a look at this amazing historical property, and remember: "
Keep your eye on design!"

Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is the creative force behind the hotel's glamorous new look. Martyn has designed the residences of many celebrities and has been named "One of the Top 20 Stylemakers in America," "Lifestyle Interior Designer of the Year, " and "Architectural Digest Top 100 Designers." Indeed, let's just say Martyn has some serious design talent going on here! (Click on his name above to view his website.)

I especially liked the poolside rust-brown striped cabanas, where we were pleasantly shaded from the bright desert sun while we sipped refreshing iced-cold tea by their inviting swimming pool.

The Spanish-style exterior and grounds of the Colony Palms Hotel are impeccably kept, and you can enjoy several flagstone walks, jasmine gardens, and many beautiful palm and cypress trees under the crystal clear blue desert sky...

as well as several pretty fountains where you can sit for some quiet private time or have an intimate discussion with your special someone.

The 56 charmingly luxurious guest rooms sit on three secluded acres and include King, Superior, Deluxe, Double Queen, Suites, and Casitas with private outdoor jacuzzi bathtubs and stunning views of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains.

Probably my favorite part of the Colony Palms Hotel is their Purple Palm restaurant, named after Purple Gang mobster Al Wertheimer, who built the hotel in 1936.

All decked out in (of course, purple) and green chairs, there is also an oh-so-luscious-purple-paint-color on the walls too.

Designer Martin Lawrence-Bullard hired a photographer to take photos of palm trees and then enlarged the pix and (somehow) made them into wallpaper. Effective, elegant, fun, clever!

You can see more of the "palm tree wallpaper" effect here.

We dined several times at the Purple Palm and their "Mediterranean food with a French flair" was superb. (Maybe part of the reason it tasted so great was because of the ambiance, fresh desert air, and because the adjacent outdoor patio sits under a big fun striped awning overlooking the pool!)

The restaurant's presentation certainly had (purple) panache! And the dessert menu offers tasty treats such as "Molten Chocolate Cake," "Churro Spanish Hot Chocolate" and even "Croissant Bread Pudding." (I'm going to try making that for my hubby who's a big bread pudding fan.)

Elegant sweet slumber beckoned as we checked into room 29 at the Colony Palms Hotel. The stunning padded headboard is another creative brainchild of designer Martyn-Lawrence Bullard's; it's an embroidered Suzani ("tribal rug") from Uzbekistan, and is modeled after the original antique Suzani which hangs in the hotel's lobby.

French doors led to our modernized and charmingly sleek bathroom which was adequate, but bubble-bath-sort-of-gal-that-I-am, I missed having a big oval soaking or antique claw foot tub. (Oh I know, poor me!)

I think the Colony Palms Hotel would be a delightful place to hold an intimate desert wedding with the mountains in the background, and in fact you can rent out the entire place if you wish. This green space is often used to set up the ceremony chairs, and they can accommodate from 20-200 guests for a wedding and/or reception.

You and your wedding guests can also play a little croquet here too.

And if you want to also spend your honeymoon at the Colony Palms Hotel, I think it would be delightful fun to rent out this whole space and hide out here for a week! Or, you can walk to all the nearby eclectic shops on famous Palm Canyon Drive and take the famous Palm Springs aerial tram to view the entire desert valley. Or how about "a little bit of history and a little bit of mystery" as their Movie Night at the Colony Palms hotel card says, where you can dine under the stars and then watch classic Golden Oldies movies with your new love.

A lovely bed, a beautifully-tiled fireplace...

your own full kitchen...

pool table...

and a grand piano are sure to please...

as is the quaint and cozy living room with its vintage black-and-white photos of glamorous 1930s and 1940s movie stars.

And although I don't have a photo of it, there is also a lovely full-service spa at the hotel that boasts 'Super Tandem" massages for those stressed-to-the-max (four hands actually massage you!), and the "Workaholic's Massage" for (people like me!)

We've ended our tour, so if quaint and cozy, with a touch of chic Hollywood glam in a relaxed and intimately secluded pristine desert setting is your idea of a perfect getaway or wedding and honeymoon spot, the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, CA will not disappoint!

'Til next time, "Keep your eye on design!"

:) Kathryn

Photos and writing this blog post by Kathryn Bechen, Copyright 2010.

1 comment:

29 Palms Hotels said...

Beautiful site you have created. The colony palms hotel was originally built in 1936 and quickly became the place to be seen in palm springs. The hotel is surrounded by spectacular mountain views in the historic Movie Colony. Thanks a lot.