I took my bride of 35 years away for her birthday for a couple of days to Palm Springs. Over the years, we have stayed at several PS lodgings ranging from the quirky to traditional BBs to mid-century, rat packish glitz; and have enjoyed all of them. Upon a recommendation from my company's PS office manager, we booked a couple of nights at the Colony Palms. Simply stated, we will be returning.
CP is classic PS with a blend of history, mystique and class. It is within easy walking distance of downtown, but very quiet. CP has a classic inward facing Moorish design with buildings surrounding a very nice pool and landscaped area. Very quiet, private and intimate. The pool is directly adjacent to an outdoor bar which then transitions into the onsite restaurant. One can sit in this central area or find a semi-secret nook or two (including one that has a nice fireplace) to read and perhaps enjoy a quiet drink (and nice cigar) without interrupting anyone or being interrupted.
Our room was very spacious, clean and equipped with an impressively stocked mini-bar. The bathroom is connected to the main room via two large doors within an semi-circular doorway. The bathroom, with shower and vanity, was very large and comfortable. And the bed was very comfortable facilitating a nice night's sleep.
Probably the highlight is the restaurant. In a community boasting a large number of very nice restaurants, this was the best dining experience we have had yet in PS. It has a very nice, demure interior - dark and intimate - allowing for conversation at a normal decibel level, or dare I say, even a soft conversational level - something that many restaurants are absolutely clueless about these days.
From its limited menu, my bride selected a seared salmon and I opted for the bouillabaisse. I have bouillabaisse many times before, all throughout the western United States and parts of Europe; and this was the finest in memory. The chef understands seafood and the need to maintain its delilcate balance. We selected a nice chard to go with dinner and it was definitely one of the finest meals that we have enjoyed in a long time.
Finally, the service was superb. Again, PS is a competitive destination resort area and establishments cannot risk having mediocre service. The CP staff completely grasps the understanding of attending to your needs without approaching that annoying, constantly-following-behind-you bantering. Everything that we requested was immediately addressed with an absolutely positive response and the staff actually appeared that they enjoyed working at, and were proud to be associated with Colony Palms.
Do yourself and that special someone a favor and book a couple of nights at CP
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sophisticated Luxury Experience in the heart of Palm SpringsDowntown Palm SpringsSituated in Downtown Palm Springs and the Uptown Design District, this romantic hotel is close the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs Convention Center and the downtown shopping and restaraunt area.Restaurant and SpaThe hotel's restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Voted by Condé Nast Traveler as on the top new restaurants in the world, this popular restaurant features upscale Mediterranean cuisine.Luxury In-Room amenitiesHD LCD televisions include premium cable/satellite channels. Guestrooms also feature beds with pillowtop mattresses, premium down bedding, signature C.O. Bigelow amenities, full minibar with top shelf liquor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Colony Palms Resort
- Colony Palms Palm Springs