I expected more from this hotel and was sad not to get it. I was there for the first week of January, 2014. The property is very pretty and upon first arriving it looks and feels great. Reception staff are friendly and welcoming, the grounds are appealing and the initial vibe is nice. Our room though, and the rooms of our friends and other guests we spoke to, were a disappointment. Granted it is an older place, from the 1930s, but the closet was tiny, there was no place to sit comfortably, the bathroom was poorly lit, not well equipped and a bit drab. For the tens of millions of dollars they say was spent on a recent rehab, it is hard to see where the money went. Some additional hooks and towel racks would be nice, the hot and cold faucets were on the wrong sides, the shower was huge but with awful lighting and was just ordinary.
As far as service the restaurant seemed chronically understaffed, with one person doing multiple jobs and clearly overworked. It just needed to be crisper and in line with the expectations of the people it is marketing itself to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built in 1936 by reputed Purple Gang Mobster Al Wertheimer, the Colony Palms Hotel was once a saloon, speakeasy and gambling house that later became a playground for Hollywood ICONS including Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Rita Hayworth. Colony Palms Hotel has maintained its nobility as a stunning four-star boutique hotel spread out over a three acre property. The rooms promise subtle sophistication with brilliantly colored mosaic tiles and fabrics, rich woods, and suzani headboards. Many have fireplaces and claw-foot bathtubs. Mature gardens throughout the property provide privacy, and intimate outdoor spaces, and the rooms open to the a central courtyard with pool. The hotel’s restaurant, the Purple Palm boasts exquisite cuisine and a stunning view of both the pool and San Jacinto Mountains. The newly redesigned Spa offers a serene atmosphere and top of the line treatments. Colony Palms Hotel also plays host to a variety of stunning weddings and events, with the option of utilizing a newly refreshed private event space or a full property buyout for a truly intimate celebration. Colony Palms Hotel is a mix of modern luxuries with a dash of romance and tranquil getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Colony Palms Resort
- Colony Palms Palm Springs