My sisters and I just got home from our mini vacay in Palm Springs! We had a great time! We laughed so hard, ate great food and saw some really cool stuff. The cool part is, the three of them went back to Las Vegas and I stopped off at home in the OC to do some laundry and re-pack so I can meet up with them in Las Vegas tomorrow. I’m so happy to extend our visit just a few more days. The first night in Palm Springs we walked from our hotel to check out The Ace Hotel which was just a few blocks down the road from where we were staying. PS Far enough that we took a cab back. Anyway, what a cute place! It was very retro in style and really attracts a young crowd. We just wanted to check it out and see what goes on there.
The first thing that drew us in was the amazing macramé hanging in the lobby window. Then, as soon as you enter the lobby you can’t miss the diorama over the main desk. It’s a desert scene and the highlight is a coyote accessorized with fabulous jewels and she’s being followed by a family of tarantulas. Seriously, how could you not love that?
There is a very cool pool area at the hotel that you HAVE to go see on their website. I also loved the signs all over the grounds that were handwritten chalkboards. Beside renting beach cruisers, check out the vespas you can rent to take an excursion to the downtown area.
The night we visited the hotel we noticed they had a cool little retro diner that made me feel like I was entering a scene from Pulp Fiction. It was closed when we were there but we made plans to eat breakfast there the next morning. Hey, little update here: My sister, Korbi told me IT WAS open that night and they actually served some food off another menu and cocktails! What? I wish we stayed!
We discovered an old retro photo booth before we left and of course, had to use it. So we took our pictures sitting all over each other and grabbed a cab back to our hotel for the night. Next morning hits and we are off to the King’s Highway diner. When we walked in everyone we came in contact with was super friendly and offering fabulous service. Every detail in this place was special. Nothing was left to be common. Our coffee came in a press, every cup and saucer was accompanied by a darling tiny spoon, and the cream came in a tiny milk bottle. We used retro dishtowels as napkins, and our ice water was served in a glass bottle that glistened in the morning sun shinning through the stained glass window. Everything was perfect, from the chairs to the mirrors, the hanging lights and tile work. We really loved it and went back this morning for a second round just before leaving for home. King’s Highway diner used to be a Denny’s.
The menu is small, breakfast and lunch. But you don’t need a ton of choices because everything we tried was so good. We asked about the pancakes today, made with fresh orange citrus and ricotta covered with maple syrup whipped butter and almonds and our server actually brought us a sample pancake for all of us to try. What? Who does that? The King’s Highway. What a wonderful surprise and what a wonderful pancake! I personally had to have the basil cake french toast… twice.
This little piece of writing is on the back of the menu. It’s darling and sums up the feel of The Ace Hotel. I’d like to write some adorable stuff like this. Thanks for stopping by and if you are planning a trip to Palm Springs, include a stop at the King’s Highway diner at the Ace Hotel. Cover photo taken from Cathy’s Instagram