Relax In Romance.
An old Palm Springs hidden hideaway is refreshingly new again at Colony Palms Hotel, a secluded oasis tucked away near downtown. A former speakeasy inspired by original owner and notorious Detroit gangster, Al Wertheimer, its history dates back to the 1930s. Today, this quaint 57-room hotel embraces romance and relaxation but pays homage to that bygone era with its private whirlpool tubs on secluded patios, luxurious gardens filled with jasmine and bougainvillea where hummingbirds flutter poolside. Original Spanish-style architecture abounds with charming details throughout the property.
Experience the intimate spa with its variety of massages, soothing facials, and relaxation treatments. The couples’ treatment rooms are available for that added romance.
Ask about one of the signature drinks, the Purple Gang, named after the former gang that founded the property back in the mobster days — or the blood orange margarita. Sip poolside or while drinking in the ambiance of the Purple Palm Restaurant. Chef Nick Tall won’t tell his secrets, but others may have a story or two about life at the restaurant, which used to serve as the clubhouse for members of the gang.
Today, Chef Tall creates an eclectic yet approachable menu of globally influenced fare using SoCal farms to present the season’s best. His Moroccan-spiced lamb with local Medjool dates is a seasonal favorite. Try that with your own gang — or just the two of you.
Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262
Price Range: $$$