Hollywood Regency and mid-century modern styles mix and mingle amid peaceful outdoor spaces.
When the Riviera Palm Springs opened in 1959, it quickly became the go-to vacation spot for the rich and famous. It was the only hotel in the United States at the time to be built in a "spoke wheel" shape, encouraging a more communal atmosphere that fit the culture of the coming decade. Celebrities such as Sonny and Cher and Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack frequented the property, and big names performed there, including Desi Arnaz, Raquel Welch, Bob Hope and The Turtles. After ownership changed hands a few times (including both Hilton and Radisson), Noble House Hotels gave it the $70 million modernization that would return it to its former glory.
While the Riviera keeps time with the 21st century, it still maintains the Old Hollywood charm that made it one of Palm Springs' most famous resorts. Mid-century modern décor adorns the 398 chic guest rooms and suites. Each room begins with a muted palette of brown and white before adding bright pink-and-orange geometric accents. Guests can enjoy mountain, garden or pool views, as well as numerous in-room amenities including luxe linens, marble bathrooms, LCD TVs, coffee makers, daily newspapers, free Wi-Fi and private patios or balconies (in most). Suites provide an added level of luxury with deep soaking tubs, plush sofas and retro leather chairs, as well as marble-topped wet bars and private fire pits in some.
Since the Tinseltown ethos is all about indulging, there is no shortage of opportunity here. Whether it's food and drinks or relaxation and activities, Riviera has it covered. Five different dining and drinking venues offer a variety of experiences: contemporary California cuisine in Circa 59's elegant indoor/outdoor dining area (try to snag one of the cool, red, vintage booths), craft cocktails and tapas at the sophisticated Sidebar, light fare and mixed drinks at the poolside Bikini Bar, classic cocktails and small plates at Starlite Lounge and barbecue and cocktails at Chiki Bar.
The 11,000-square-foot Azure Spa & Salon was once the Mediterranean Room, where the Rat Pack performed regularly. Signature rituals here are both decadent and creative, from the Waterfall Water Therapy Massage to the "Get Toned" Cactus Body Wrap. The spa has 18 treatment rooms, as well as a Watsu pool, private steam rooms, Vichy showers, a salon, a boutique and a fitness center offering yoga, Pilates and personal training classes. The 24-acre property also contains tennis courts and two saltwater swimming pools with cabanas, and guests can tee off at one of three nearby championship golf courses, or hop on the scheduled (free) trolley that takes guests through the city of Palm Springs.
Top-notch amenities for business travelers include a computer center and more than 45,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. The 19,670-square-foot Grand Ballroom is one of the largest in Palm Springs, and its unique oval shape features a built-in stage and nine of the hotel's original and extravagant chandeliers. Large events, such as weddings and receptions, can also be held in the 15,000 square feet of outdoor function space, while the poolside cabanas can be reserved for more intimate gatherings.