Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $405.00, excluding tax at 11.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $35.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates don’t include breakfast. The á la carte menu is an all-American feast (waffles, biscuits, pancakes, French toast) with dishes starting from US$10.
There’s nothing so pedestrian as a door number here; much like a legendary star’s dressing room, guests names are engraved into door plaques.
At the hotel
Gardens, terrace, sunlounger pavilion. In rooms: 40” Smart TV, Apple TV, free WiFi, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, 600-thread-count Frette linens, and Le Labo bath products. The Premier Bungalow and Premier Pool suite each have a terrarium, and the Residence has a full kitchen and private pool.
Our favourite rooms
Aspiring big-wigs should check in to the Residence, where original owner Jack Wrather stayed with his family – naturally, it’s the best. Unlike Wrather, you may not own the Disneyland hotel or the rights to Lassie, but the private pool and Fifties-fabulous surroundings will put a swagger in your step. The starriest stay is the Fireplace Junior Suite Bungalow –despite its unromantic name, it has VIP pedigree (a certain Ms Monroe once stayed here as Wrather’s guest).
The main swimming pool is the heart of the hotel, surrounded by trim and tidy lawns – you won’t have to wander far for a cooling dip. The peaceful, sky-reflecting spot is flanked by white pavilions shading banks of sunloungers.
Treatments are carried out in four air-conditioned outdoor cabanas. Therapists will bring you freshly squeezed juices and ready you for your close up with a range of facials, body scrubs and massages, using gentle Naturopathica products.
Bring your favourite face mist to combat the blue-sky-high temperatures.
On request, a personal trainer can put you through your paces in the elegant grounds. Bungalows are spacious and are all on one level.
Dogs can stay for US$150 a night (all rooms are pet friendly), and they get a little gift – a snazzy bandana, doggy doughnuts or a pet bowl – on arrival. See more pet-friendly hotels in Palm Springs.
No child stars; the hotel is strictly for over 18s.
Eco-friendly cleaning products, use of natural gas, and LED lights show a healthy concern for the environment.