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Palm Springs Secret


Those of you who head to Palm Springs to party in white for the Easter weekend may want to check out the former Howard Johnson's that's been converted into the Ace Hotel. What many people don't know is that the founders and developer behind the just-opened hotel are all gay men. Later next week I'm going to be talking to them about the property they're converting here in New York. There's a cabaret at the Ace this weekend featuring a bunch of theatre folk as well.

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  1. I'd love to see some fitness-obsessed queen try to swim laps in that pool. Maybe it would make sense after a few bumps of K.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 10, 2009 6:50:02 PM

  2. love the ace in seattle. love the ace in portland. can't wait to check out other of their properties. i know it used to be the guys who owned the rudy's barber shop chain--looking forward to a more in-depth article.

    Posted by: jeremy | Apr 11, 2009 5:40:34 AM

  3. I've been to the Ace in PS. Meh.

    The room felt like a bunker... there was a very small amount of natural light from a dirty, tiny walled in "patio," but the patio was very unappealing.

    The bathroom was so tiny you basically had to step in the shower to get around the door to the toilet.

    There's a 70s "roughing it" kind of aesthetic at work here -- canvas covered walls and a denim couch. Amenities are sparse. There was no table in our room and the tv gets local cable only.

    It appears the conversion they did on the old HoJo's was mostly cosmetic, meaning no structural changes to the rooms. So in effect, you are paying $300 for a HoJo room that has been redesigned with an ironic, 70s low tech feel.

    At the pool, the management had set aside an empty guest room to use as a pool-side bathroom. The room was only partially furnished, with pieces of wrappers and linens thrown around the room, and the mattress was bare. The toilet paper sat on the floor next to the toilet. I guess this part was a "hey dude I just moved into my new place with pool but it's not set up yet" aethetic.

    All in all, I was not impressed. Maybe they will pull it to together but the basic rooms will still be unappealing and very, very basic.

    Posted by: rustytrawler | Apr 11, 2009 12:08:19 PM

  4. I was there two weeks after it opened and thought it was awesome. Paid 80 bucks a night for my room and was more than pleased. The staff was amazingly attentive and friendly. I highly suggest it.

    Posted by: WeHo Superhero | Apr 13, 2009 1:09:52 AM

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