A combination of some planning and a bit of luck led to our choosing to stay at The Chase Hotel during our visit to Palm Springs in late December 2012. It certainly satisfied our desire to find accommodation that is part of the mid-century architecture that defines the character of the city.
Current and previous owners have obviously made some challenging decisions over the years about what to retain to preserve the essential design character and what to replace when worn out or to upgrade to meet contemporary expectations. The reception area has had a stylish but sympathetic makeover. Our spacious unit - which included a separate living and kitchen, had seen some replacements and changes but very much retained its original fittings and character.
The location is excellent, with the backdrop of the rocky hills rising above the desert plain, and a walk of only one block to downtown Palm Springs.
However, at a total of about US$185/night including add-ons like taxes, The Chase Hotel turned out to be rather expensive, although it was very useful to have a reasonably equipped kitchen which gave us the cost-saving option of cooking rather than eating out at a restaurant.