Triada Palm Springs Has Hollywood Star-Studded Past

The former Spanish Inn once attracted Elizabeth Taylor, Howard Hughes

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The Spanish Inn, once owned by the widow of Alan Ladd and favored by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Howard Hughes (who used to watch over his hotel, The Colony Palms, from his room), has been transformed into a 57-room retreat called Triada.

Triada, a Spanish word meaning “three interrelated parts”, is the perfect description of the hotel offering three unique wings. The wings have been named after the Triada signature colors:

• Alma – a teal that represents the soul

• Corazon – a burnt orange for the heart

• Mente – a navy blue for the mind

Photo Courtesy of the palm springs historical society

The Spanish Inn once attracted some of the biggest Hollywood stars.

Built in 1939 by David and Beulah Margolius, The Spanish Inn’s design took after the duo’s love for Barcelona. Over the next couple of decades, the hotel entertained such stars as Tyrone Power, Lana Turner, Jimmy Durante, Esther Williams and opera star Amelita Galli-Curci.

Sue Ladd bought the inn in 1972 and named it after her late husband, Alan Ladd’s Spanish Inn. Alan had died in 1964 at age 50, while Sue passed away in 1982 at age 72.

Triada is a part of the Autograph Collection (a group of unique, independent hotels) by Marriott offering points and benefits to Marriott Reward members. The opening will mark the first Autograph Collection hotel in the Coachella Valley and only the third in California, with the others in Lake Arrowhead and Imperial Beach.

Triada, 640 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-844-7000,


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