Desert Delights - Palm Springs - Page 5

Stunning sights and rich legacy - climb aboard our grand tour of the best of Palm Springs modern
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The quirky-angled entrance to the Del Marcos Hotel.
Photo: Dave Weinstein
  • Century Palm Springs, an Alexander apartment house, has been turned into an inn. (598 Grenfall Road,760-323-9966)
  • The Del Marcos, Bill Cody's first commission in town, set the tone for post-war modern motels. The motel also has a wonderful Alexander home available for rent. (225 W. Baristo Road, 1-800-676-1214)
  • The Movie Colony Hotel, designed by Albert Frey. (726 N. Indian Canyon Drive, 1-888-953-5700
  • The Orbit In, perhaps the highest end of the retro resorts. You can see Albert Frey's house from the Frey Room's outdoor shower. (562 W. Arenas Road, 1-877-996-7248) The architect was Herbert Bruns, who also designed the Desert Riviera (610 E. Palm Canyon Dr.)
  • The Beat Hotel (as in 'beatnik') and the Desert Hot Springs Motel (also called the Lautner Motel) share the same ownership in Desert Hot Springs. The Lautner motel is especially unique, four units of angular steel that develop a very special relationship with the desert. Tony Merchell is manager. (760-288-2280).
  • Miracle Manor is a 1948 motel remodeled by architect Michael Rotondi. (12589 Reposo Way, Desert Hot Springs, 877-329-6641).

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Photographs by John Eng and Adriene Biondo (except as noted)