The Andreas Hotel and Spa in downtown Palm Springs has been added to the Historical Walking Tours for the 2014 season.
Sponsored by the Palm Springs Historical Society, the walking tour takes visitors through downtown landmarks starting in late October through early May.
Since 1935, the Andreas Hotel and Spa has been the destination for celebrities escaping Hollywood, world travelers, local guests, and history buffs. This unique boutique hotel opened its doors in the 1930s offering all the amenities and services with air conditioning and a luxurious pool area.
Photographic archives hang from the hotel walls revealing the property’s history. Visitors can experience the glamorous past first-hand by staying in the Mamie Van Doren suite (pictured at right).
This beautifully appointed suite celebrates The First Ms. Palm Springs, The first Rodeo Queen, and the first locally known "blonde bombshell" to accompany Bob Hope on the USO Tours. Van Doren herself provided memorabilia for decorating the balcony suite complete with a romantic fireplace.
Visitors have taken in the lovely architecture, unusual guest rooms with updated and large bathrooms, the inviting pool area, fireplaces in the suites, interesting lobby area, and the ample parking. The upstairs extended patio area has become the "happening" place for the perfect intimate wedding.
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"I have told anyone planning to visit Palm Springs that the Andreas is a fabulous place to stay,” says Richard Nowitz, a professional photographer with National Geographic. “It’s well located right in the middle of town, not far from restaurants, shopping and nightlife. I particularly loves the fact that it’s a historic small hotel that makes you feel at home with all of the luxury of a 5-star property without the crowds. A perfect getaway!"
Guests recognize The Andreas for its international feel sitting right in the downtown Palm Springs area.
“The Andreas has the flavor of a European hotel, small size but big rooms, pool and hot tub,” says Sam VanSteen, a French journalist in town covering the Palm Springs International Film Festival. “It is a place that anyone would love and the staff is welcoming, helpful and very efficient."