Swimming with hipsters at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA.

A year ago today, we were right here in Palm Springs for Modernism Week 2011. We decided to check out the Ace Hotel that we have been hearing so much about. In fact, Mila was so impressed by it, she wrote a post about it. Just because of that, we had to come back and pay it another visit this time around.


A year ago, Mila did not seem to mind this taxidermy coyote quite as much as she did today. Don’t worry my little one, this one is friendly. You can tell because he just came back from Fat Tuesday in New Orleans by the looks of those beads.


On site at the hotel, there is a restaurant attached to the lobby. Prior to the Ace Hotel days, it was a Denny’s.


Now as the hotel’s hipster diner, it is a little trendier and a little pricier.


You can no longer get a Grand Slam breakfast or a Moons Over My Hammie. However, they do make a mean black bean burger and serve you water in a vintage glass bottle and glasses.


What we are really here to do today is to take advantage of the salt water, heated swimming pool and hot tub. Today in the California desert, we are looking at temperatures in the mid-80s so if your pool is losing water it might be for other reasons than the temperature in smack dab in the middle of winter. Check for leaks and if you cant find anything obvious you might have to call a professional.


We didn’t have to convince these girls much for them to get dressed in their favorite swimwear.


We couldn’t wipe the smiles off of this one’s face.


This one, well, she is into whatever her big sister likes.


They even managed to meet a new friend in the water.


The Ace Hotel and Swim Club welcomes guests at their pools whether you are staying at their hotel or not. For a daily fee of $16 per person (kids under 12 are free), you can swim until you can’t no longer keep your eyes open.


If you thought those vintage water bottle and glasses were cool at the diner, just wait until you get a scoop of ice cream pool side. These girls’ eyes just about popped out of their heads when they saw the ice creams coming out in these giant bowls. That is until they looked inside and saw normal size scoops.


Ice cream AND red velvet cupcake!? Which pregnant lady do you think placed this order? Yeah, the one that also ordered pudding in a little mason jar. We are all eating for 2 on this trip.


We really got lucky with the weather today at the Ace Hotel. Let’s keep our fingers crossed to see if it will hold up again tomorrow!

over and out,

5 Responses to Swimming with hipsters at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA.

  1. Kristiana February 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Howdy Neighbors! (we’re a few blocks away at the RV park)

    How fun!!! I love your photos & that Hello Kitty bathing suit? Adorable!

    You’ve motivated me to splash at the Ace this weekend after a Koffi.

    I have a little gift for you, so please make sure I see you this weekend!

    See you soon…


  2. carrie February 23, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    Stories like this really make me miss California!!

  3. marlene February 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    @kristiana hi! we will be at the vintage trailer show on sunday. we would love you see you again too. will you still be around?

    @carrie we have no bourbon here!

  4. Krista February 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    That place looks amazing- hope to travel there sometime from the chill Midwest!

  5. Douglas Trout February 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I love the Ace Hotel chain and I have always wanted to get out to the desert. I love the photos and hope you have a fabulous stay in Palm Springs. Don’t let the new baby slow you down. Say hello to Krisitiana for us. Take care.

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