Learned about this hotel / vacation rental hybrid a year ago, near it's opening.
I was lured in by the designer's visions, and finding myself often in the Desert Cities region, I dreamed of checking out this painstakingly restored, Lautner, circa '47, historic gem.
We arrived to Hotel Lautner, originally built as a film producer's desert escape, on a cold windy Friday, and were greeted by its engaging and personable designer Tracey, who energetically gave us a tour of this retro, super cool property.
While I was initially disappointed by how non-hotel Hotel Lautner is, no daily housekeeping / replenishment of amenities, towels and soap, I was immediately swept away by this mid-century modern Hotel and the meticulous and authentic restoration of its mod 50's desert-living vibe.
The entire structure of the 4 unit compound is impeccable in its design: jetting steel L frame beams reinforced by concrete and wood. High walls privatize and seclude each unit into it's own self sufficient and self-contained dwelling, each replete with its own enclosed sun deck and desert garden.
Upon walking into our unit, Frank Sinatra crooned from the stereo, as we took in the immense near floor to ceiling windows that enclosed a private, appeasing cactus and succulent garden, that lined the entire unit's eastern edge. Concrete abounds, on the walls, floor and ceiling, as do the powerful steel beams, and the perfectly placed wired-glass skylights, that provide optimal sky to star gazing vantage points, as the day turns to night. There are no blinds in the place really, it's very different to be completely open to the sky, but the design to each unit is so intricate that it's nearly impossible for anyone outside its interior to look and peer in.
Each piece of furniture has been delicately chosen to best suit Lautner's original vision, as tasteful retro knick-nacks complete the unique 50's style.
The fully modernized kitchen was impeccable, the bathroom's deep forest green heath tiles beautiful, I can't think of a more memorable decor.
As we like returning to civilization too, we ventured twice daily into Palm Springs, about a 15 minute drive across the desert.
We didn't see too much of the city of Desert Hot Springs itself, but if Hotel Lautner's immediate surroundings are any testament to it, it appears as a sleepy, somewhat empty town.
We definitely will be returning soon to this somewhat pricey, spectacle of 50's futuristic design, because above all it provides an unforgettable experience.
Thankfully such a place exists to drink and dream like it was 50 years before.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Lautner is the chance of a lifetime to actually get to live the "Lautner Lifestyle" in your very own private John Lautner flat! John Lautner was one of America's most legendary architects and this property is an example of one of his earliest works and his only hotel. The private 4-unit compound boasts amazing cactus and succulent gardens throughout, a fire pit lounge complete with infrared BBQ and vintage modern outdoor dining area with umbrella, retro butterfly chairs scattered throughout the grounds for gazing at the incredible architecture and a heavenly outdoor saline plunge pool with lounge area to soak up the sun complete with outdoor shower.The four units are like renting your own mid-century modern studio apartment and are the perfect escape for a night or two or three. Each unit sleeps two adults on a queen size bed, priceless vintage modern decor, stainless steel kitchenettes complete with bar sinks, induction cook tops, microwaves, Kuerig coffee systems and all of cooking and dining ware one could need, well appointed bathrooms with rain showers, upscale plumbing fixtures and towel warmers, Frette linens, towels and robes, L'Occitane amenities, TV/DVD players, MP3 Radios/Disc Players, private terraces with loungers (so private you can sunbathe naked) and three sided glass walls surrounded by beautiful cactus gardens with rock lights will envelope you.The hotel is a hybrid between upscale vacation rental property and micro-boutique hotel. A staff member is there to greet you at the locked compound with keys, a brief tour to familiarize guests with the accommodations and then you are on your own to enjoy your getaway. There is a 24/7 concierge if you should need anything during your stay just a phone call away.The hotel is only a 15 minute drive from the heart of Palm Springs or just 30 minutes away from spectacular Joshua Tree National Park. Guests can also visit neighboring mineral springs resorts and the hotel is more than happy to set up reservations for you. Guests can also schedule in room massages thru the hotel staff. Quite honestly, most guests just visit the neighborhood Vons to stock up and enjoy being on the grounds as long as they can and seldom leave the architectural sanctuary that is "Hotel Lautner". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lautner Desert Hot Springs, CA - California Desert