The Retro Rehab ladies (AKA Monica and Lola) took a couple of weeks off this month and packed up to visit the USA.
After a chilly but amazing week of hiking in Utah and Arizona, we set off (perhaps a little dusty from our over night stay in Las Vegas) for Palm Springs, California; excited and ready for some desert heat.
We spent three days in Palm Springs. Modernism Week was on a few weeks earlier (which happened to be one of the inspirations behind our choice of destinations). Having only a few days, we had two requirements, accommodation in a mid century modern hotel (pool was a must :-)) and book an architecture tour.
The drive to Palm Springs is approximately two hours from LA. As we got close to Palm Springs we were struck by the amount of wind turbines, literally hundreds and hundreds dotted all over the place. We later learnt Palm Springs is one of the windiest places in America and there are 3000+ turbines providing enough electricity to Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. Admit it’s a non retro related fact but interesting nonetheless :-)
As we pull up to our accommodation we're greeted by this very cool, multi coloured, atomic age sign and we smile to each other. Firstly, we survived the drive from LA and secondly, we're at the Del Marcos Hotel.
We check in and catch ourselves oohing and aahing at the courtyard pool area and retro furniture dressing the lobby. We’ve been transported back to the swinging 60s, in space and in style, there’s even Frank Sinatra playing in the background.
The hotel was completed in 1947 and was designed by famed mid-century architect William F. Cody. The building was Cody's first independent commission in Palm Springs and was constructed with local stone and redwood. It was designated a historic structure in 2012.
The building is a U-shaped plan centered on a courtyard pool area, which is just begging for a poolside party. The design encourages guest interaction, as does the complimentary daily happy hour and appetisers served by the pool area :-)
The accommodation consists of 17 rooms, each individually decorated in mid century modern decor. We stayed in the William Cody room, which is street side, and for that, it's slightly more affordable.
The lobby features colorful, Googie-style paintings from local artist and gallery owner Nat Reed and one of the rooms is named in his honour.
Following on from a lazy day poolside we head off on our architecture tour.
Further photos on that in an upcoming blog.
Thanks for reading,
Monica and Lola