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Villa Royale, Palm Springs, USA
This small, affable, adults-only hotel in the south of Palm Springs dates from 1947 and has 38 cosy rooms set in Spanish revival-style buildings with white walls, terracotta-tiled roofs and a profusion of trees and flowers. Reopened in 2018, it's part of Portland-headquartered Provenance Hotels which has properties in six cities across the US. The mood is stylish but low-key - so no crazy pool parties, unless you book the whole place to take advantage of the large events field at the back. A star lure, both for guests and non-residents, is the Del Rey bar and restaurant with its Spanish tapas and expertly-crafted cocktails such as the self-explanatory El Último (tequila and absinthe). Breakfast, bikes, bottled water and a welcome drink are covered by a daily resort fee.
This is a quiet, residential neighbourhood where you feel like a local. Go for a stroll, and you can talk endlessly about which designer home you'd love to own.
Within walking distance of the beautiful Moorten Botanical Garden, a little further out, you'll find Palm Springs Art Museum and the Air Museum.
By plane: flights to Palm Springs take 14 hours from London with a stop in Phoenix, Arizona. The hotel is an 15-minute drive from the airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Adults-only Villa Royale has a loyal following of drive-ins and is most busy at weekends. Its large outdoor events field makes it popular for weddings and celebrations. The hotel is adorned with over 50 large, specially-commissioned paintings that include portraits of stars such as Clark Gable, Lana Turner and Debbie Harry.
Service & Facilities
On arrival, guests are offered a welcome drink - a cold beer, a glass of cava or maybe some tequila?
- Swimming pool
- Bike hire
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The very private Continental (room 6) comes with a spacious lounge, fireplace and a 'Hummingbird Garden' with a plunge pool. The eclectically-styled rooms are fun to check out with their wood-panelling, geometrically-patterned tiles, mid-century furniture and vintage lamps.
Capri, Deville, Impala, 2-bedroom Impala, Biscayne, Continental
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, tea and coffee facilities, virtual concierge, bluetooth speaker, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
A continental buffet breakfast is included in the rate, and can be eaten in your room or poolside. The tapas menu has plenty of veggie options including excellent asparagus and roasted cauliflower, plus there's garlic shrimps and octopus for seafood-lovers.
Del Rey: intimate bar and restaurant. Spanish tapas-style small plates. Open daily, 5-10pm.