This moroccan inspired boutique hotel is a glam oasis in Palm Springs
The characterful spanish colonial building has seen many incarnations since it was built in 1936 by Al Wertheimer, a reputed mobster and member of the notorious Purple Gang. In 2007, it emerged as one of Palm Springs gems after an extensive renovation led by British designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
Colorful, stylish and relaxed, this is one of our favourites in Palms Springs. Instead of the high jinks of some of its more boisterous neighbours, this is a place to lie back and take it easy.
The large, inviting pool is stunning, perfectly framed by swaying palm trees and the distant desert mountains. Fragrant bougainvillea and honeysuckle fill the small gardens spread throughout the property. For a little pampering, drag yourself away from the pool to the luxurious spa.
All the rooms have a similar clean, uncluttered design with terracotta tile floors, colourful moroccan headboards and whitewashed walls. The casitas, discreetly tucked away in the garden section of the hotel all have large outdoor patios with lounge beds and outdoor tubs.
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The Purple Palm restaurant, named after the decadent characters of the Purple Gang, is a destination in itself. Moroccan and mediterranean influences (think roasted branzino or vadouvan spiced lamb) combine to produce a menu where everything looks delicious.