One of my very favorite places in the world is Palm Springs. Somehow life just seems a little different there. The sun has a different glow, the air has a different feel and life seems like it could never be anything but wonderful.
Although I was just there for Modernism Week it’s been much too long since I’ve stayed overnight. Enter Del Marcos Hotel with an offer for a complimentary overnight stay. Before I knew it I found myself on the 10 freeway heading toward the desert.
Designed in 1947 by famed Mid-Century architect William F. Cody the Del Marcos remains a tourist draw to this day. Situated a block from famed Palm Canyon Drive it’s perfectly located in the heart of Palm Springs.
It’s no secret that I adore Mid-Century architecture and I was super excited to find that each room is themed. Whether it’s designer, actor, artist or drink each room is an homage to those that found fame or inspiration from the era. I couldn’t wait to find out what room we received (my mom was my wonderful companion). Imagine my delight when we were appointed to the Eames Poolside Suite.
The room was so large and roomy and airy…it was absolutely wonderful. My mom and I could not hide our delight at our incredible good fortune. The suite came with full kitchen, a large bathroom, a private patio, a bedroom with a king sized bed and the grooviest living room this side of 1960. There was even a working turntable with a variety of LP’s!
Not to mention what was waiting for us as soon as we walked out our door.
After all, it was the poolside suite.
On my visit I fell 1oo% in love with the Del Marcos Hotel and it had nothing to do with the fact that I had a free stay. It was such a special, unique experience that I know now I will never stay anywhere else in Palm Springs, no matter the cost.
First off, the people. Every single employee I encountered was friendly and welcoming. They clearly loved the hotel and wanted nothing but to share it with us. Then there are the amenities. A fully equipped kitchen with coffee, water, and every cooking utensil needed for a gourmet meal. Happy hour with complimentary beer and wine. Fire pits to sit around at night and a grill available for use. Citrus water and lemonade available at the pool. Free Wi-Fi. Complimentary Bikes to toodle around town on. Books and DVD’s to peruse at your leisure…
And breakfast! I almost forgot the complimentary breakfast with fresh berries, eggs, juice, coffee, cereal and load of other goodies.
As wonderful as the amenities are I must say the best part of my stay was the hotel itself. It’s absolutely stunning and is a beautifully preserved example of Mid-Century architecture. While other building of the era are torn down or remodeled beyond recognition the Del Marcos Hotel still exists in all its glory. It’s clearly well loved by its proprietors and guests. Nowhere else have a stayed where every patron appeared happy and at ease.
Including my mom and I. We so thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was a little slice of heaven out there in the dessert. There is something special about Palm Springs. I think it’s magic.