What’s New in Palm Springs, California?

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Add a bit of glamour to your next meeting or event by hosting it in Palm Springs, California. Known as a playground for the Hollywood elite, Palm Springs is the perfect mix of sleek and modern hotels, world-class golfing, tennis and dining, and innovative meeting facilities and event venues. What’s probably most attractive about the city is the ease of getting here. Centrally located in the Southern California desert, Palm Springs is an easy two-hour drive from Los Angeles and San Diego. Daily flights are also available from Palm Springs International Airport, providing nonstop service from 18 cities, connecting the gorgeous destination to more than 500 cities from around the world. The airport welcomes more than 1.5 million yearly passengers to its open-air design that includes walkways, landscaped courtyards, gardens and original artworks. 

As a celebrated destination for decades, Palm Springs continues to keep visitors’ experiences fresh and new. Recently built and renovated hotels pay homage to the city’s mid-century modern aesthetic; new restaurants celebrate the bounty of farm-to-table flavors available in the Coachella Valley; and there are always exciting outdoor activities your attendees will love. Here are some of the latest developments in Palm Springs.

New and Revamped Hotels

Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs

As the cornerstone of the $450 million downtown Palm Springs revitalization, The Rowan is one of the first hotels built from the ground up in years. The stylish and modern property has the only rooftop pool, terrace and private event space in the area, with expansive views of the Coachella Valley, the famous Palm Springs windmills and the San Jacinto Mountains. Overall, the hotel has more than 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including the 2,300-sq-ft. Sky Ballroom that offers four styles of configurations as well as the Jasper Boardroom for C-level executive meetings. Your attendees can rest and relax in one of 153 spacious guest rooms and suites, which feature a soothing color palette of creamy neutrals and calming blues, floor-to-ceiling windows and plush bedding and bathrobes.

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

For a more traditional lodging experience, you’ll enjoy the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, which is set to complete a multimillion-dollar renovation of all its guest rooms, meeting rooms and public spaces in January 2018. Only 1.5 miles from Palm Springs International Airport, the downtown hotel is also conveniently connected to Palm Springs Convention Center, making the commute from your room to your event a breeze. The hotel also boasts 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space, with 14 different meeting venues and a 12,000-sq.-ft. grand ballroom. The complimentary high-speed wireless internet is available in all public areas, and the full-service executive business center is available 24/7.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Palms Springs is also known as a haven for wellness, with some of the best destination spas in the world. It’s no surprise that a local favorite, Ace Hotel & Swim Club, revamped its spa experience so guests can be pampered in a relaxing atmosphere. The hotel’s recreated spa, Feel Good Spa, is a new space and specializes in practical, yet indulgent organic treatments like body masks, aloe body wraps body brushing, superfood facials and reflexology. To elevate the spa experience, the hotel also recently refreshed all guest bathrooms. Finally, the pièce de résistance for you and your attendees is the brand new Clubhouse, which is a double-decker, flexible events space suited for business meetings, private receptions, weddings, social gatherings or banquets. Totaling more than 4,000-sq.-ft., The Clubhouse's first level has a private patio space while the larger second floor has a partially covered balcony. The Clubhouse has internet access and is equipped with the latest audio/visual capabilities. If you want to have a catered meal, the hotel’s restaurant, King’s Highways, is available to assist with your catering needs.

The Saguaro Palm Springs

The colorful Saguaro Palm Springs, which has 245 guest rooms, just unveiled a beautiful second-story indoor and outdoor space called Sago Ballroom & Terrace, which offers amazing, unparalleled views of glimmering Palm Springs.  Overlooking its Olympic-sized swimming pool and the San Jacinto Mountains, the ballroom features over 3,000-square-feet of renovated interior space and more than 1,100-square-feet of a private outdoor terrace. A retractable canopy shade protects your attendees from the sun and rain, and there are creative designs like elevated ceilings, sparkling outdoor lighting and a speaker system to add to the ambience.

Off the Clock Adventures

Not only are there new hotels to enjoy in Palm Springs, but the city also has outstanding restaurants and area attractions. Enjoy Mediterranean small plates and craft cocktails at 4 Saints, the rooftop restaurant at The Rowan Palm Springs Hotel, or head downstairs at the hotel for light but flavorful fare at Juniper Table. Opened in September, Azucar Restaurant and Bar’s menu is full of locally sourced ingredients prepared with Spanish influences and tasty signature cocktails like blackberry muddled mojitos and cucumber martinis. If any of your attendees are vegans, they can enjoy a variety of delicious vegan sandwiches, tacos, lasagna and “burgers” at Chef Tanya’s Kitchen.

Take a break from the boardroom and get your adrenaline pumping with an exciting teambuilding experience at Escape Room Palm Springs, where groups of up to 10 people solve puzzles, figure out clues, find hidden objects and discover their way out of a themed room in under 60 minutes. In October 2017, the entertainment center unveiled new rooms to challenge players in a newly expanded space. If any of your attendees prefer the outdoors, they’ll find plenty of good hiking trails here. The Willow Creek Trail, located within the San Bernardino National Forest and Mount San Jacinto State Park, has reopened after a 2013 fire and is accessible at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.