If you want to go retro in style while staying in the Palm Springs desert, then you might want to snag yourself a room at the recently revamped Riviera Palm Springs. With its sleep mid-century modern-inspired rooms, funky decor and Rat Pack-era lounges, The Riviera is the ultimate throwback to Palm Springs’ Hollywood heritage.
Outside Riviera Palm Springs — Photo courtesy of Riviera Palm Springs
Last year saw the completion of the hotel’s $70 million renovation, which included updating all of the rooms at this 24-acre property and the addition of a new outdoor pool. Add to that a reinvented tiki bar and lounge, as well as modern updates to the lobby and lounges, and you have one of the sleekest stays in Palm Springs.
A room at The Riviera — Photo courtesy of Riviera Palm Springs
The guest rooms at The Riviera are decked out in black and white, with touches like accent pillows and painted walls adding lively splashes of color. Geometric carpets and retro furnishings create that mid-century feel, and the pictures of Marilyn Monroe in each room add to the classic Hollywood vibe.
Beyond the guest rooms, you’ll quickly find that the hotel boasts one of the more enviable pool scenes in Palm Springs, with plenty of cabanas, music and cocktails to go around. You can soak up the sun by the lively main pool area - which often hosts pool parties on weekends - or you can chill out on island time over at the Chiki Bar and Pool.
The Buddha Lounge at SpaTerre — Photo courtesy of Riviera Palm Springs
If you’re really looking to unwind, you can always get your zen on at SpaTerre, Riviera Palm Springs’ full-service spa. The Buddhist-themed treatment rooms take relaxation to the next level. You can enjoy experiences like the Javanese Royal Treatment (which includes a Balinese massage with a rose petal-infused bath and cool yogurt splash) or a massage that incorporates a rare oil blend of desert sage.
Or you can treat yourself to a facial from the spa’s rotating menu of indulgent treatments. After your treatment of choice, be sure to stop by the Buddha Lounge for a refreshing tea or a dip in the spa.
The lobby at Riviera Palm Springs — Photo courtesy of Riviera Palm Springs
After an afternoon at the spa or by the pool, you can spend the evening in true Rat Pack fashion, starting with dinner at Circa 59. Slide into a red leather booth at this black lattice-lined restaurant, or try a few small plates at the nearby Sidebar. After dinner, you can enjoy live piano music and throwback cocktails at the Starlite Lounge in The Riviera’s lobby.
When it comes time to leave the retro comforts of The Riviera to explore Palm Springs, leave the car with the valet and opt for the hotel’s free trolley service. The trolley serves the downtown area. And don’t forget: all the glitz and glamour of Riviera Palm Springs is just blocks from Uptown Palm Springs, too.