Label this one a retro space lounge, thanks to giant lava lamps and a Jetsons-inspired design. Encounter Restaurant serves contemporary cuisine by chef Michel Audeon: sesame-crusted Norwegian salmon, ahi tuna tartare, and Peking-style roasted duck are just a few of the artfully crafted dishes. Allow at least an hour for a sit-down meal. Entrées from US$12.
The Riviera Resort & Spa Review
Located on 24 acres of prime downtown Palm Springs real estate, the Riviera Resort & Spa (from $180) recalls the halcyon days of the 1960s when it played host to Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Count Basie.
Inside the Rooms
Now, the Riviera’s millennial Rat Pack renaissance is attracting equally famous guests to its 408 rooms in eight wings, or “spokes,” each centred around an angular hourglass-shaped pool with San Jacinto mountain views.
Ace Hotel & Swim Club Review
What happens when Howard Johnson gets a facelift and downs a shot from the fountain of youth? He emerges as Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs’ newest boutique hotel (from $140).
Less than a year old, the third installment in Alex Calderwood’s plucky Ace Hotel mini-empire espouses the joie de vivre of desert living, with the rough-hewn localism and DIY sentiment that keeps design-savvy guests coming back.