“One of Palm Springs' best-kept secrets: a landmark mid-century Modern hotel with a pool, small spa and easygoing vibe, just steps from downtown”
With its shimmering white façade and sleek metal railings wrapped in yellow tarpulin, Movie Colony has a cruise ship-chic feel outside. Inside, the 3 townhouses, 8 patio-facing rooms and 4 second-storey standard rooms are a study in minimalism: geometric shapes, monochromatic black and tan tones peppered with abstract prints and 3-D wall-mounted art. Mid-century Modern purists will relish the authentic detail: low-slung Wassily chairs mixing with comma-shaped leather settees, cube club chairs, moulded rockers, brass-and-glass tables and fuzzy area rugs. Shower bathrooms have pedestal sinks and rosemary-mint Aveda bath products.
The 2-storey townhouses were the heart of Frey’s original hotel. In addition to spacious living rooms you get sublime mountain views from private balconies. Of the three, #29 retains the most period detail - including crank-out windows and a wood-burning fireplace. Minimalist rooms have a cosier, cabana feel with lower ceilings, plantation shutters and sea-grass carpet. While some tend toward muted tans and dark gray, we loved the cream and light yellow walls in our room (#19). Our bougainvillea-draped patio had a pair of Adirondack chairs and a mountain view. Lovers of the best accommodation in the house will go for the Fireside Suite which has a separate living room, 2 bathrooms, and a large counter plus bar sinks for mixing drinks to enjoy on the private patio near the firepit.
A continental breakfast buffet is set out from 8:30-11am. Grab a diner-style stool and copy of the Los Angeles Times or take a tray and coffee press back to your room. There are juices, muffins, bagels and croissants (with butter, cream cheese and jam), and granola and fresh fruits.
The motto is Help Yourself Around the Clock at the courtyard bar (no alcohol); coffee, teas, ice and hot water are available throughout the day.
The mostly organic lunch menu at nearby Cheeky’s includes a grilled persimmon sandwich with prosciutto, brie and watercress. Decide on dinner plans over a glass of wine, beer or martini and snacks during the complimentary social hour (5.30-6.30pm). Reception staff will help you with reservations and directions.
If you'd prefer to stay in, an extensive room service menu is available through Order Inn (with a hefty service charge). Choose from pizzas, appetisers, salads, sandwiches and burgers, pasta and seafood entrees plus desserts and beverages (limited hours).