Spend Your Weekend in Splendor at Palm Springs' Colony Palms Hotel

Colony Palms Hotel

Photos Credit: Jill Weinlein

Back in 1936, reputed mobster Al Wertheimer built a Spanish Colonial-style hotel in Palm Springs. It became an oasis of relaxation and fun for celebrities, athletes, politicians and gamblers. After World War II, the owners of the championship racehorse Seabiscuit purchased the property now known as Colony Palms Hotel. Walking through the original arched entryway along ceramic floor tiles, one enters an intimate sanctuary with lush greenery, buddha statues, Moroccan lights, outdoor fireplaces and a pool bar and restaurant, Purple Palm.

Colony Palms Hotel

There are 57 rooms, suites and casitas that offer complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room refrigerator with items to purchase, a large flat-screen television, luxurious, pillow-top mattress with high thread count linens, duvet and pillows. The bathroom has an oversized shower with plush robes and C.O. Bigelow Bath products. In the main lobby, guests receive complimentary coffee and hot tea in the morning.

Colony Palms Hotel

Here’s 10 Activities To See and Do in Palm Springs while staying at the resort:

1. Centrally located in Downtown Palm Springs, take the complimentary cruiser bikes to explore the nearby neighborhoods.

2. Rest on a lounge chair among lush grounds with intimate courtyards and mountain views.

3. Swim in the centrally-located, 65-foot, saltwater heated pool.

4. Dine on the terrace at the Purple Palm Restaurant or order room service.

5. Spend the afternoon shopping for resort clothes in Downtown Palm Springs.

6. Get decorating ideas exploring Uptown Palm Springs shops filled with furniture and vintage decorating items. 

7. Take a Palm Springs Aerial Tramway ride up along the cliffs of Chino Canyon. In the winter there may be some snow, in the summer the temperature drops about 20 degrees. This is one of the most spectacular desert view spots.

8. Visit the winter home of Ambassadors and Philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg at Sunnylands Estate. There is a guided tour of the historic house visited by U.S. Presidents. There is a bird tour that takes visitors around the grounds in search of the local birds.

9. Take in 18 holes at one of the many public golf courses. Nearby Indian Canyon Golf Course offers two courses. 

10. Hike along one of the nearby hiking trails. They range from gentle to difficult. Go to Visit Palm Springs to get a guide of different hiking trails.

Jill Weinlein

Los Angeles based Jill Weinlein covers travel, food and lifestyle destinations for multiple newspapers, magazines and websites. Her areas of expertise include, luxury travel, culinary reviews, cruising and family travel destinations. Born in Los Angeles, Jill studied Communications and Theatre Arts at UCLA. She has a a Dine and Travel blog - and she writes a weekly restaur...(Read More)

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