Nowhere is the spirit of renewed Palm Spring more alive than the Ace Hotel & Swim Club where days are spent lounging by the pool of tattooed hipsters as DJ Victor Rodriguez spins electro-lounge anthems and a raspy hostess named Linda serenades weekend dinner guests with Judy Garland show tunes. Come 10pm the gas fireplaces that dot the property roar to life and the inner-womb of the property starts to fill up at the Amigo Room.
A mix of Wiley Coyote decor and Marlboro Man attitude sits dormant most of the day until late night when a packed house sips Malbecs and Kiwi Caphirinas to vintage Bob Seger in candlelit booths. On the opposite side of the property, indoor/outdoor The Commune is host to special dance parties and private concerts throughout the year.
The best months for the Ace pool scene and nightlife are March through may when the weather gets warmers, LA moves to the desert and DJs like Victor spin winter sun memories ala cucumber mojitos and fruity cocktails.
Try to arrive before 12pm on busier weekends to score a lounger and avoid being forced to layout on the floor-cushions that surround the pool.