The Saguaro Palm Springs opened its doors this week, as bright and colorful as promised (and as briefly quibbled about in the planning stages). The hotel is a conversion of an old Holiday Inn at Sunrise Way and E. Palm Canyon Dr. (originally built as the International in 1977); the architecture and color are courtesy New York-based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture. The Saguaro has 245 rooms, 7,500 square feet of meeting space, a pool, two whirlpools, a spa "with a menu of indigenous treatments," a fitness center, and a restaurant and two bars managed by chef Jose Garces (more on those over at Eater LA). It's also pet friendly. Peak season rates start at $189, but here's a little deal for the upcoming Modernism Week--the design boosters at Design East of La Brea have reserved a block at $109 a night (they're also hosting a tour of pool photography exhibit Backyard Oasis, along with a poolside cocktail party at the hotel). The Saguaro is run by Joie de Vivre and owned by Sydell Group, which also owns the nearby Ace. This is the second Saguaro, following an opening in Scottsdale last fall.
· Saguaro Palm Springs [Joie de Vivre]
· Ace Crew Turning Old Palm Springs Holiday Inn Into Saguaro [Curbed LA]
· Chef Jose Garces Opening El Jefe and Tinto in The Saguaro This Month [Eater LA]