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Ace Hotel Palm Springs Reviews

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You love fabulous hotels as much as we do. There’s such a sense of delicious discovery when you stay at a compelling and cool new place. We have carefully curated a list of singular properties you will love. Get a very speckled (and stimulating) sense of California dreaming in the Golden State, whether you stay at the bohemian desert enclave that is Ace Hotel Palm Springs, at a laid-back beach-side spot in Lake Tahoe, at a downtown-meets-waterfront luxury resort in San Diego, or at a historic escape in Riverside. For activities, think canyon escapades in iconic desert oasis Palm Springs, water sports and skiing in lovely Lake Tahoe, urban adventures in seaside gem San Diego and a taste of the grand Spanish-Mission-era style in Riverside.  Welcome to Hotels California — such lovely places! (Did you recognize the Eagles reference?) 

What Is Ace Hotel Palm Springs?

The Ace Hotel Palm Springs is a hipster desert paradise that attracts in-the-know Angelenos looking for a stylish weekend escape, but also pulls in a smart and trend-savvy international clientele. Done in mid-century modern style and oozing plenty of character and the bohemian flair of a throwback swim club, the Ace Hotel Palm Springs boasts 179 rooms, two pools and a hospitable staff.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs Specs

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The Ace Hotel Palm Springs is a low-key but snazzy, lovingly restored property with features such as a vibrant pool scene with DJs, yoga classes and bands, a 24-hour gym, and yurts for massages, as well as The Feel Good Spa, a sundeck with loungers, Amigo Bar for craft beers and cocktails, Americana diner-style King’s Highway restaurant and even a business center.


We didn’t choose this medley of hotels based on room rates but on flair. But it turns out that, luckily, none are over-the-top expensive with average room rates ranging from $100 to $200 on the low end and up to $500 per night on the higher end.

How the Ace Hotel Palm Springs Compares

We picked a few similar hotels available on the market to see how they compare. What the Ace Hotel Palm Springs and the others on our list have in common is that they are distinctive and uniquely fit the place where they “reside”, from their architecture to their decor to their amenities. Room rates and star ratings of 4 stars and 3.5 stars out of 5 are comparable, too.

  • Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
  • The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Average rates for a standard room vary from $190 to $500, but we have seen them as low as $120 depending on the season. 

The Ace Hotel Palm Springs takes hospitality seriously. Service is always warm and friendly. Count on events such as bingo, karaoke and taco night, and DJs who play carefully curated musical selections in the lobby and at the pool. Wi-Fi and parking are free in the sense they are part of the daily resort fee.

Featuring 179 rooms such as Standard King, King Lounge, King Plus and Ace Suites, the Ace Hotel Palm Springs sports fun amenities like minibars with caramel popcorn, record players and vinyl, and other whimsical touches. Some rooms boast fireplaces or garden patios. Besides the accommodations, you find two pools, a spa, a gym, a vintage photo booth and a business center. We also love the deck, especially during and after the sunset.

Dining at King’s Highway restaurant (a former Denny’s) is a step back in time to the heyday of American roadside diners with fare such as burgers, tacos and Medjool date shakes. Drinks are available at the pool, as well as at cool, cavernous and dark Amigo Room bar, where you can sip on craft beers and cocktails and partake in events such as Monday Bingo or Ace Trivia.

The hotel is a five-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs with all of its little art galleries, restaurants and shops. It’s also close to the Botanical Gardens and the Palm Springs Art Museum, and 6 miles from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world), which will take you to the gorgeous mountaintop wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Also nearby are Palm Canyon and the Indian Canyons, with sweet little trails where you can check out local flora and fauna

This layover-friendly, posh airport hotel is situated right inside Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (near Terminal C) and features highlights such as four restaurants (including a bar and a 1930s-inspired steakhouse), 92,000 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour gym, a pool, and generously sized rooms and suites.


  • Stylish, fun but low-key atmosphere
  • The Feel Good Spa
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Whimsical amenities
  • Year-round outdoor pool
  • Pet friendly


  • Hipster scene not for everyone
  • Resort fee
  • Lacking larger amenities of many other area hotels

Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe

Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe calls itself “an oasis of tranquility amidst the energy of South Lake Tahoe”. Experience lakefront lodging via a cozy, laid-back vibe from the lodge’s lake-view rooms with fireplaces to the heated outdoor pool to the pier and marina.

Average rates for a standard room vary from $100 to $300, but we have seen them drop as low as around $85 per night.

The staff are friendly and helpful. You’re right at the pier and marina and can rent jet skis and kayaks. Other services include free lounge chairs and umbrellas and cabanas for rent. Other seasonal happenings include family-friendly outdoor movies and luaus.

The 262 rooms of this middle-range hotel are comfortable and unassuming with gas fireplaces (some also feature direct beach access or lake views), flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi. As far as amenities, there’s a hot tub and an outdoor pool (heated), meeting and event space, a 24-hour fitness center and laundry facilities.

After a day of water sports, chill with a drink and a water view at the nautical-themed Boathouse on the Pier, grab a donut and maybe a lavender-flavored café latte at Glazed & Confuzed Donut and Coffee Shop, or dig into some pub grub like nachos, wings and calamari at Sidelines Sports Pub. In the summer, sip on a Sneaky Tiki or draft beer on a bar stool in the sand at the Tiki Bar.

What’s nearby? All of Lake Tahoe; what more can you ask for? But in close vicinity, you will find lots of bars and restaurants, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Casino on the Nevada side of the lake (so you can get your gambling game on 24/7), and Heavenly Mountain Resort for skiing. Lake Tahoe is all about beaches in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Enjoy water sports, plus relaxation, hiking, shopping, golfing and more — attractions galore.


  • Great location
  • Cozy ambience
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Family-friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Lots of bars and restaurants in close vicinity


  • Some complaints about rooms being too small and not being at the beach
  • Shows a little wear and tear
  • You cannot walk to a ski resort
  • Dining options get so-so reviews
  • Boathouse restaurant has no food service October through May
  • Very seasonal

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Near downtown San Diego, this 4-star waterfront luxury hotel, with its impressive and stylish lobby, features 1,628 rooms with modern furnishings and super comfy Hyatt Grand beds. It has fantastic meeting spaces with great views and luxe amenities, from two rooftop pools to a spa and fitness center.

Average rates for a standard room vary from $150 to $500.

Relaxation is big here. Soak in a hot tub, chill in a private, poolside cabana or treat yourself to a massage at the spa. Should you feel more active, there’s tennis, volleyball and basketball. Service is friendly and accommodating. You can also avail yourself of the online Hyatt E-Concierge.

The 1,628 rooms (with 76 suites) boast floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic ocean or city views. Among the standard in-room amenities you will find high definition flat-screen TVs, mini refrigerators, microwaves and Keurig coffeemakers, blackout drapes, bathrobes, slippers and a Pack ‘n’ Play upon request. As far as amenities go, enjoy the Marilyn Monroe Spa, the 24-hour StayFit fitness center, 20,000 square feet of fantastic indoor and outdoor event space (think ballroom, terrace with amazing views of the bay and more, and two rooftop pools), free Wi-Fi and room service.

This luxury resort boasts eight dining options on-site, from waterfront Sally’s Fish House and Bar with bay and boardwalk views and sustainable locally sourced seafood; to the 40th-floor Top of the Hyatt with ocean and city view, cocktails and light fare; to Brew30 brewpub featuring offerings from local distilleries and pub fare. There’s also Seaview Breakfast Buffet Restaurant, MARKET | ONE, and the Grand Lobby Bar. When you get a Grand Club room, you’re treated to daily breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres.

All of beautiful, seaside San Diego lies at your feet, but in terms of what’s right nearby, you’re a ten-minute walk from the USS Midway Museum. The San Diego Opera is a roughly five-minute drive away. You can also enjoy the famous San Diego Zoo, charming Gaslamp Quarter downtown, touristy-kitschy but fun Seaport Village and art-filled Balboa Park. There’s even a stop for the Old Town Trolley nearby.


  • Good location
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room service
  • Pet friendly
  • Great views in some rooms
  • Great meeting facilities with catering available
  • Two rooftop pools
  • Marilyn Monroe Spa
  • 24-hour fitness center


  • Hefty pet cleaning fee ($100 per stay up to six nights)
  • Sharp-casual dress code strictly enforced at Top of the Hyatt (can be a plus, too!)
  • Frequent conventions and large meetings

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

This beautiful and historic treasure is one of our best-kept secrets, since it’s in a rather unassuming area of Southern California. We discovered it by accident and are excited to share it with you. Think a five-story rotunda that’s a feast for the eyes, a lovely spa, a chapel, and excellent event space.

Average rates for a standard room vary from $180 to $450.

Service is accommodating even though things can get hectic and crowded at check-in and check-out. You can leave your car at the curb and avail yourself of the services of a bellman. You can also take a tour that tells you the history of the property and allows you to venture into spaces not open to the public. In winter, they hold the beautiful Festival of Lights. 

This hotel is simply beautiful, and when not crowded, very relaxing. There’s something gorgeous to see at every turn, from marvelous mosaics to little nooks and alcoves. We love the spa, Sunday brunch, the soothing outdoor pool area, and the entire facility with its hidden treasures.

For dining, there are several options. Dig into a steak or shrimp amid Old-World elegance at Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood; choose from over 7,000 wines at 54˚ at Duane’s wine bar; enjoy the vaulted ceilings, quaint Spanish-style tiles and Champagne Sunday Brunch at The Mission Inn Restaurant (also possible al fresco on the gorgeous patio); or grab some Mexican at popular Campanas or Italian at Bella Trattoria. Then treat yourself to a cupcake or macaron at Casey’s Cupcakes.

Enjoy the small-town vibe of Riverside. We have done some excellent antiquing here! You are also just two blocks from the Riverside Convention Center and a short walk from the Riverside Art Museum and Fox Performing Arts Center. You’re about 23 miles from relaxing Glen Ivy Hot Springs and roughly 40 miles from the cool Cal-Earth Institute. The latter are both worth a visit.


  • Gorgeous architecture
  • Unique and iconic setting
  • Lovely spa
  • Room service
  • Great event space
  • Outdoor pool
  • Chapel


  • Not much excitement outside of the hotel
  • Often crowded with meetings, weddings, local tourists and lookie-loos
  • Visitors have complained of rooms not being soundproofed to ward off outside noise


Ace Hotel Palm Springs Pool

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As a hotel aficionado you know that one cannot compare apples and oranges, or tacos and tapas, boutique stays and large resorts, so to speak. In other words, comparing the hotels on this exclusive list is a bit tricky. As mentioned above, what ties them all together is that none of them are generic, cookie-cutter luxury hotels. Each single accommodation, from the 4-star Ace Hotel Palm Springs to the 4-star Mission Inn, offers a specific slice of California charm, each with its own unique amenities, quirks and perks. We chose them for their iconoclastic advantages. When in mid-century modern Palm Springs, stay at a mid-century modern hotel with all the hipness of nearby (by LA standards) Los Angeles. When in Lake Tahoe, splurge on outdoor adventures instead of expensive room rates and go for laid back, relaxed, waterfront charm. When travels take you to San Diego — where traffic is now nearly as bad as in LA — go for a central location with lots of amazing attractions within easy walking distance. Last but not least, if you love history, idiosyncrasy and Old-World class, opt for a stay at the magnificent The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Stay golden on your California adventures!

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