New Resort Catering to Gay Men Opens in Palm Springs, Along With Other Hotel Updates
The Descanso Resort caters exclusively to gay men, and is the first new men’s resort to open in Palm Springs in more than a decade. It’s all about that indoor/outdoor living at the former East Canyon Resort & Spa. It’s the brother property to the Santiago, and provides the same standard of deluxe accommodations. Located at 288 E. Camino Monte Vista, the hotel underwent a total transformation, with all guest rooms and areas undergoing renovations. The rooms are equipped with new furniture, high-end linens and bedding, and Gilchrest & Soames luxury bath products. The pampering starts as soon as guests arrive — at check in, a snack bag is provided, and complimentary food and beverages are available in the cantina; a continental breakfast and poolside lunch is also offered. The private grounds feature native plants, a heated pool and spa, day beds, and a garden shower.
Husband and wife team Tracy and Jerry Turco have also revamped and renewed three mid-century modern Palm Springs properties, all within a few blocks of each other. Their first project, the 8-room Art Hotel at 1339 N. Indian Canyon Dr., is vibrant and colourful, with the works of local artists on display across the grounds, and a large outdoor mural by Damon Johnson greeting guests. Next, they transformed the former Carlton Hotel at 1333 N. Indian Canyon Dr. into the 11-room Tiki Hotel, a Polynesian paradise with ukuleles in every suite and a gift shop with necessities for every Palm Springs vacation.
Their latest property is the 12-room Cheetah Hotel at 354 E. Stevens Rd., featuring a black and yellow colour scheme and cheetah icons designed by Tracy, who picks out or creates all of the wallpaper, linens, and furniture for the Turco hotel. All of the rooms are just steps away from the courtyard pool and separate spa, and $10 from each booking goes to the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Check out, and into these other Preferred Hotel properties in Palm Springs as well.
The Fleur Noire at 1555 N. Indian Canyon Dr. offers an eclectic mix of 21 casitas, bungalows, and suites, each one with its own distinct design — and a refrigerator that is stocked daily with complimentary water. There are stunning floral wall murals by artist Louise Jones on display across the property, and guests can lounge by the heated pool, multiple fire pits, or in the club house which has a communal pantry and lounging / dining areas. La Boisson, a speakeasy champagne and rosé bar will soon be opening onsite as well.
Azure Sky, a 14-room luxury hotel at 1661 S. Calle Palo Fierro, is set to open May 1, and is already causing a stir. Originally built in 1959, new owners Acme Hospitality and Eastern Real Estate have lovingly restored the property, bringing in vintage lighting and custom woodwork to dazzle guests. Most of the rooms have private patios with hammocks and kitchenettes, with built-in beds, stone tile flooring, and mid-century modern inspired design accents. The lounge boasts a premium cocktail bar, and outside, there’s a sparkling pool, fire pits, two courtyards, and a large hot tub that can hold up to 25 people.
Whether it’s for a weekend getaway, a romantic retreat, or a long much-needed workcation that’s not too far from home, there’s a small boutique hotel waiting for you in Palm Springs that has just the vibe you crave.
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