Set in the desert outpost of Palm Springs just east of LA, the Ace Palm Springs & Swim Club is a sprawling, high-design 1970’s throwback - a renovated 1965 Howard Johnson Motor Lodge. Entirely solar-powered (thanks to the 354 days of sunshine the Springs receive per year), the hotel is a lot more than just a sepia-toned, rough and ready take on the design hotel. With spongy, tanned-leather seating, a rope-festooned lobby from costumier Michael Schmidt, two swimming pools, and rooms replete with vintage vinyl and Americana aplenty - the Ace could happily accommodate everyone from Tarrantino to Thelma and Louise.
All guestrooms feature a flat-screen TV, iPod and MP3 docking stations and bath products from Rudy's Barbershop.
King's Highway restaurant at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club serves American cuisine made with seasonal, organic ingredients whenever possible. In the afternoon, guests can enjoy a creative cocktail in The Amigo Room bar.The Spa comes complete with a sauna, steam room and massage yurts.
• Free Wi-Fi