Friday, July 16, 2010

Ace Hotel & Swim Bar

Wow it has been a long time since I have posted! I've just been having too much fun enjoying summer. Let me share some of the great eats I enjoyed in Palm Springs about a week ago when James and I stayed at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club for a night to celebrate our anniversary. This boutique hotel was amazing! What a find! It is a renovated motel that has kept a lot of it's original features from the 60's and has added lots of cool retro touches. Plus is eco-friendly & green, with most of the materials & furniture being recycled or vintage. On top of it all the prices are really reasonable, especially for the food.

These communal out door fire pits were everywhere along with barbecues where you can order fresh meat and vegetables from the hotel and have your own cookout.

The hotel lobby where there was a nearby photo booth.

Our room that was done to look like we were camping w/ tent blinds and an Ace Survival guide describing all that the hotel has to offer.

Since it was 110 degrees almost all of our time was spent by the pool, drinking cocktails, reading, floating around on rafts and playing with water guns, and lounging on hammocks in the shade when it got too hot.

My personal favorite drink was the 'adult' berry flavored snow cone

We enjoyed lunch by the pool too. I order the "ALT" sandwich w/ avocado, butter lettuce, vine ripe tomato, & sprouts on wheat toast w/ what I think was a jimica side salad.

That night we decided to venture out of the hotel and went to a nearby mexican food restaurant that the concierge recommended. I ate every last bite of the enormous vegetable burrito that the served me. I'll admit it's a little sad when you eat twice the amount as your date, but the grilled veggies inside were just too darn good to resist.

Look at the size of this hot sauce bottle! I was in heaven. Sadly I cannot remember the name of this restaurant, sorry : (

The next morning we enjoyed brunch at the King's Highway inside of the hotel. The picture I took is a bit dark, but I can tell you that it looks exactly like an old school diner.

I loved that they had a bloody mary bar; I stuffed my bloody mary to the brim with jalapenos.

I ordered the couscous salad with arugula, carrots, and raisins.

Even though the weather was ridiculously hot, we had an amazing time celebrating our anniversary and the Ace Hotel has now become my new favorite place to stay in Palm Springs.

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