Colt's Lodge Brings New Life to Palm Springs Accommodation Options

It's a little bit country, and a little bit East Coast against a desert backdrop

Karen Graninger Hotels & Resorts, Watch & Listen - Hotels & Resorts


VIDEO: Take a tour of this newly reimagined property, Colt's Lodge, along East Palm Canyon in Palm Springs.



Colt's Lodge, a newly redesigned and renovated 11-room hotel located in Palm Springs' historic Deepwell Estates area, takes advantage of new owners Jon Nelson and Frank Young's design and theater backgrounds to create a fresh, new look.

Combining traditional furniture and plush interiors with laid back California comfort, Colt's Lodge offers a distinctive new twist on classic Palm Springs style. Says Jon, “We wanted a cottage feel here. When you're comfortable, you can take in everything Colt's Lodge has to offer.”


The pool area at Colt's Lodge.


Colt's Lodge's first life began in 1954 as Sunrise Villa, a rustic-Western type apartment complex with carpeted floors and open beamed ceilings. In its most recent life, the property was known as the Alpine Gardens from 1999 to 2014.

Under the new owners, Colt's Lodge benefited from Palm Springs' innovative Hotel Incentive Program, which rebates a portion of the city's transient occupancy tax to promote the construction of new hotels or renovation of existing hotels.

During construction, Jon and Frank dug near the porcelain tile pool, and found a sign that said “Libott Pools”, the premier Palm Springs pool builder back in the 1950s, which they had tiled into the top pool step, giving it a unique historical touch.

Entering through a hand-hewn granite archway, Colt's Lodge is divided into three garden areas. The first is the succulent garden, which contains a lovely rock water amenity, a table and umbrellas to have breakfast, and an engaging entwined, large smooth rock sculpture called “Marriage Rock,” which will be the setting for future weddings performed on the property.



The property has a trio of lush garden areas.


A flower garden contains the beautiful porcelain tile pool and spa, open 24 hours, with bumblebee yellow chaise lounges. The third garden is the activities garden containing a dining area, a fire pit with wicker loungers, basalt rocks, and bocce court.

Each room motif uses specific art, furniture and color to create a unique atmosphere. With names like Emperor, Tropical, Cowboy, Native American, Cozy, Nautical, Alps, Imari, Blue, Shades of White and Queen, each guest will fine their favorite. All are equipped with popular 'Sleep Number' beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and Smart 40-inch flat screen TVs. The stylish bathrooms are black and white tile, with marble showers offering coconut mango scented spa products. Most ceilings are wood with rafters and ceiling fans.


The rooms are furnished in more of an East Coast style comfort.


The warm toned guest lounge offers pastries, fruit, juices, coffee, and tea each morning. Dine at a flower-adorned table inside or outside in the succulent garden. Or perhaps take a plate to your porch chairs sitting outside your room.

There are a host of hidden surprises which slowly reveal themselves, from the layers of scenery visible from the front window of all nine poolside rooms, to the little roadrunner and other small animal pawprints that adorn the walkways.


The hotel's gathering spot has comfortable seating plus a kitchen area to prep your own meals.


Hotel Essentials

•  Sip a tea or coffee and pick an orange from the orange tree for a light breakfast.

•  Learn the rules and enjoy bocce ball on the side activities area.

•  Enjoy a conversation about “Marriage Rock.”

•  Sit outside your room at sunset and take in the lush gardens


Seating outside the rooms invites guests to get to know their neighbor.


Colt's Lodge, 1586 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 888-299-7455,


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Outdoor eating area.


Unique details to each room.


The pool deck area facing south bordered by palm trees.