We at Los Angeles, I’m Yours are on the constant hunt for more places to stay out in the desert. We’re always anxious to find and share new spots that you may not have heard of that could help to make your next desert trip a little sweeter and put a few more coins in your pocket. There are plenty of trendy places and plenty of ways for you to spend, spend, spend when you are out on a little vacation. But if you just want a low frills treat with a simultaneously modern and vintage twist, where’s a good place to go? Let us recommend the Del Marcos Hotel.
Graphic designer and animator Conor Whelan may not never have been to Palm Springs because he lives in Dublin. That hasn’t stopped him from lusting after the place, finding a respect for the desert destination’s beautiful mid-century quaintness. There’s a modernism to the city and an Americana-ness to it, something that he totally picked up on and injected into a little animation he made dedicated to the city.
We shared his LA show a few months ago but artist and desert guy Cristopher Cichocki has a show currently up at the Palm Springs Art Museum. It’s called Desert Abyss: Cycle In Cycle and it’s on view through September 28. He’ll be doing an artist talk this Thursday, September 12, and will be involved with the Future Days of the Salton Sea Symposium on September 22.
When you stay at the Alcazar in Palm Springs, they make it super easy for you not to leave their little bubble. You feel because you are so close to Cheeky’s that you will be immune to any of their line waiting dramatics so you’ll eat there every day and, after poolside hanging and drinking for the majority of the day, you’ll want an easy dinner–so why not go to Birba for fancy pizza? That’s exactly what you’ll do and that’s exactly the experience Alcazar wants you to have.
We are a bit obsessed with Palm Springs, yes. If we could afford a place there and could afford the travel expenses, we would likely spend every other week there or out in the desert in general. It’s just such a relaxing, “There’s nothing to do but hang!” kind of place that allows you to disconnect from Los Angeles while still being connected to the city. This can obviously be a little tough for us since, well, we run a website that requires being out, exploring Los Angeles.
We’ve been trying to find the perfect Palm Springs hotel for some time, too. We’ve tried The Ace (Too cool kid Summer camp, too surprisingly douchey.), The Saguaro (Nice, campy, but not perfect.), The Parker (Brilliant…but way expensive.), and a few AirBNBs (Too much money for too much space or too little money for too little amenity.). There are others we’ve been wanting to try, when the timing and cost was right like Viceroy, Korakia, Colony Palms, and Horizon Hotel–but we just haven’t been able to make it work. We think we may have found a kind of hidden gem that is in a great location, that looks nice, and is super affordable: Alcazar Palm Springs, a near-the-strip boutique hotel that as quiet as it is cool.