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Historic Hotels in Palm Springs, California

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Although it is nestled in the Coachella Valley about 110 miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs, California is known to many because of its links to Hollywood. In the 30s, 40s, and 50s, stars such as Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball all had vacation homes in Palm Springs, and the late Sonny Bono was the mayor of the town from 1988-1992. During Bono’s tenure as mayor, the Palm Springs International Film Festival was launched. Today stars like Leonardo Dicaprio and Halle Berry have vacation homes in Palm Springs and it remains a popular destination for visitors.

Palm Springs Inns: The “Playground of the Stars”

The 1930s through the early 1960s are considered the heyday of Palm Springs’ history. Along with the many celebrity vacation homes in the city came a number of well-known nightclubs and resorts. Some of the more well-known clubs included the Racquet Club, owned by Charles Farrell and Ralph Bellamy, the Doll House, Vic Sudaha’s Palm House restaurant, Trader Vic’s restaurant, and Aloha Joe’s. The Hotel Mirador, the Deep Well Guest Ranch, the Oasis hotel, and the Desert Inn topped the list of glamorous Palm Springs inns and hotels.

The Ingleside Inn

Although many of the hotels from that era have now closed their doors, one hotel from the Golden Era has continues to operate. Originally built in 1925 as a private residence for the Humphrey Birge family, owners of the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company, the Ingleside Inn is located just a few steps from downtown Palm Springs. After the Birge family sold the property, Ruth Hardy turned it into a small, by-invitation only hotel. Guests at the hotel under Ms. Hardy’s ownership included Howard Hughes, Salvador Dali, Norman Vincent Peale, and Spencer Tracy. Other celebrities who have stayed at the hotel through the years include John Wayne, John Travolta, President Gerald Ford, and Marlon Brando.

After Hardy passed away in 1965, the next owner let the property gradually fall apart until Melvyn Haber bought the hotel in 1975. Haber renovated the property and added Melvyn’s Restaurant and the Casablanca Lounge, which both continue to operate under Haber’s ownership.

Although the current owners are not known to turn people away like Ruth Hardy was known to do during her tenure as owner, prices at the inn range from about $200 per night for a standard room to $300 for a suite. Those interested in the honeymoon suite or private villas can expect to pay significantly more, and will need to call the hotel directly for current rates.

In addition to the restaurant and lounge on site, guests can also enjoy a pool and jacuzzi, a health club, and use of the hotel’s library. Although the inn is only one block from the heart of Palm Springs, the property is secluded and private. There is also live music every night in the Casablanca Lounge.

Although there are many modern hotels and inns in Palm Springs, those who want to experience the old Hollywood feel of the city should consider a stay at the Ingleside Inn.

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