Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Ace in the Desert
Around this time of year I start day dreaming about booking a flight to Hawaii, imagining how good the sun would feel on my skin after months of cold, rainy days and how much I want winter to just be over with. Luckily, living in Southern California offers another respite from the cold in near-by Palm Springs. On February 12th, The Ace Hotel and Swim Club opens in Palm Springs and gives me a reason to book a room in the next few months. Embracing the laid-back feel of Palm Springs, L.A.-based design team Commune worked with Ace to create interiors that evoke an indulgent camping experience. Walls are covered with tent-like drapes and include slats that encourage guests to personalize rooms with photos or artwork. Vintage furnishings make each room feel hand-crafted and utterly unique. Rich natural materials used in the rooms include bleached canvas, wormy butternut wood, denim, and hemp—all in line with Ace’s hybrid goal of comfort and sustainability. Guests will also be treated to quirky amenities like tamale carts and a sno-cone bar. Great rates starting at $89 a night.