The Hyatt Regency in Palm Springs has just been rebranded and revitalized. It’s now the Hyatt Palm Springs…the only all suite hotel in the downtown area. It’s spacious with mid century modern decor. Also in keeping with the “new look”…a colorful mural by Dean Mayo gracing the front entrance.
The lobby features just one stylish seating area and a reception desk. Visitors are immediately drawn to the amazing architecture: looking up at five stories of open balconies.
You may be distracted, however, by the hotel’s ambassador, Chunk, a 65 pound rescue bulldog, who often comes out to greet guests. His caretaker is the hotel’s General Manager, David York, a former Marine…thus the Marine mascot, a bulldog.
Chunk and David aren’t the only friendly staff members. Everyone, from the receptionists to the waiters at the two on site restaurants, are incredibly accommodating. You never feel you’re just another guest passing through. Employees like David Hsu who works as a waiter and bartender at Share, the bar and bistro right off the lobby, make sure you’re pleased with the service and are happy to engage in conversation….or not, if you prefer your solitude.
Hotel amenities include free internet access and a heated outdoor pool and spa with cabana seating for those who prefer staying out of the sun or chaise lounges in the open for sun worshippers. The cabanas are surrounded by misters, so even in the intense summer heat, you can keep cool.
There’s also a spacious gym overlooking the hotel gardens equipped with ellipticals, tread mills, stationary bikes, circuit training and refrigerated towels.
The suites are nicely appointed with simple beige toned furnishings, a pair of 42 inch flat screens, a wet bar with an individual coffee brewer, a furnished patio overlooking either the pool or downtown Palm Springs, an iPod/iPhone hookup, a room safe, and if you want to read a book but don’t have the time for Tolstoy, there’s a mini library of Readers Digest Condensed Books!
Room prices vary depending on the season. In season you’ll usually find rates from between $189 to $399, but in the summer you can find less expensive accomodations from $89 to 179.
For diners, Share is an open eatery for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a 13-seat long white granite bar on one side and a gas flame wall on the other, both with a view to the pool, where you can also dine if you prefer.
Chef James Wallace, new to the Hyatt but who has an extensive CV, is in charge of both Share and the newly revamped Craft Gardens. Wallace prides himself on creating his menu around seasonal offerings and featuring healthy alternatives along with traditional menu items. One of his specialties is the House Pineapple Bran Smoked Salmon on Grilled Flatbread topped with a Toasted Caper Cream ($14) and his Smoked Duck Breast with Ricotta Filled Tortellini and a Smoked Tomato Cream ($28). Other creations include Griddled Day Boat Scallops in Orange Nage (a flavored liquid used for poaching delicate foods) served with Pan Charred Swiss Chard, and a Toasted Goat Cheese Cobb Salad served with Papaya Seed Vinaigrette ($14). He’s also preparing to feature a Build Your Own Salad you can create from items listed on the menu.
The Craft Gardens cafe features a beautiful Italian pizza oven on the patio that heats to 900 degrees and makes an individual pizza in about a minute!
If you get hungry before dinner, no worries. A staff member will be coming around from room to room with what they call a “Wow Cart” offering fresh fruit, cookies and soft drinks.
For those spending a few days in Palm Springs it’s just a short drive from the Hyatt to the Aerial Tramway, a popular tourist attraction that takes you from the desert floor to an elevation of 8,516 feet in just ten minutes. This engineering marvel features the world’s largest rotating tram cars transporting you through five zones, from the Sonoran Desert to the Alpine Wilderness..a 40 degree climate differential.
Once at the top you can walk through a mini museum displaying the cables used on the tram and the variety of flora and fauna in the area. There are 14-thousand acres of wilderness atop Mt. San Jacinto for hiking and camping. or you can just enjoy the mountain scenery while dining at Peaks or the more informal Pines Café.
Tramway tickets are $23.95 for adults; $16.95 for children.
There’s also a lesser known venue where you can observe wildlife: the Living Desert, dedicated to conservation and education.
There are over 450 animals and 15-hundred plant species in this open 11-hundred acre preserve. You’ll see a family of giraffes meandering through their spacious enclave, as well as lions and camels and meerkats, oh my!
It gets hot, so bring a water bottle and wear a hat!
Palm Springs isn’t just a destination for golfers, folks. It’s a fun go-to spot for singles, couples and families. Check it out!
For more information visit Hyatt Palm Springs
To learn more about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway visit Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
And to check out the Zoo visit The Living Desert