Arrival Experience: Following a multi-million dollar renovation, Triada Palm Springs has reborn after a nearly three decade hiatus. The owners hired an architectural historian to research the property in order to restore it to its former glory. Its Spanish colonial architecture is worth preserving and pays homage to the golden days of when Palm Springs was Hollywood’s playground. Past guests here have included Howard Hughes, Elizabeth Taylor (in fact one of the hotel’s largest suites where she stayed is named in her honor), and Lana Turner among others. These days, the city hosts plentiful conferences and social functions, too, but still gets its share of celebrity visits, as well. Ask anyone in town, and they can point out Triada, thanks to its beautiful façade, but its rebirth as a casual luxury resort is earning it accolades, as well. Consultation with the area’s historical society and the Secretary of Interior’s standards for rehabilitation were necessary during the property’s renovation. The quaint lobby provides air conditioned comfort with cushy seating areas. Stay hydrated at the fruit-flavored water station across from reception. Guests with pooches can snag one of the free dog treats to keep Fido happy.
Dining: The hotel’s main restaurant serves breakfast in the lobby’s dining lounge or outdoor on the terrace. With the new affiliation as part of the Marriott family, Gold and Platinum Elite level guests enjoy the option to have complimentary breakfast. The main restaurant closes during the extra hot summer season, but opens up generally between Labor Day and Memorial Day where guests can dine on a variety of dishes either here or by the pool. A lobby bar attracts guests during game days, but otherwise the pool bar is where most people congregate. Smiling staffers serve as many as locals as guests, especially during the evening happy hour.
Rooms: Accommodations are spread across three separate buildings named Heart, Mind, and Soul (Corazon, Mente, and Alma) and separated by metal gates. The resort boasts a large collection of suites in varying sizes and shapes. Most are located in the Mente section, but many guests prefer the larger rooms and suites in Corazon because they feature outdoor terraces. All rooms boast exceptional air conditioning and views of the gardens or pool areas. As much as the public areas feature historic elegance, the guest rooms showcase a more contemporary mien with colorful fabrics that vary by building. Corazon rooms have warmer hues, for example, while Mente rooms have rich blue overtones. All rooms feature tile floors, gorgeous fabric headboards, bedding wrapped in hanging canopies of linen, thick duvets, and plump pillows. Bedside iPhone docking stations are a sign of the times. Desks and flat-screen cable TVs are in all, and many feature kitchenettes with dining tables. The property’s resort fee includes the use of wireless high speed Internet and parking. Instead of in-room minibars, guests can place a call to reception to order items on request at any time of day or night. Bathrooms are bright with large glass-enclosed shower stalls, thick towels, Spanish tiles on the wall, makeup mirrors, and bright vanities with Essential Elements toiletry products.
Amenities: Two swimming pools are ringed with padded lounge chairs. One pool features fresh water while the other has salt water. A clever feature is that the metal hand rails are covered in a special protected layer to keep them from getting too hot in the desert sun. Mente’s pool area features a few hidden coves for shaded seating and dining plus two cabana areas looking fown on the pool with day beds and seating for almost a dozen. There is no dedicated meeting space, but guests can convene in the lobby or ask to have some of the seating rearranged. A small business area on the second level looks down over reception. Weddings and social functions love the small garden courtyard and often request to book the adjacent suite as a place to gather or get ready. Open 24 hours a day, the fitness room features modern equipment to keep pool bodies in shape. This is the kind of hotel restoration that makes everyone happy blending together historic elements with modern features that today’s travelers appreciate. Ask to see some of the hotel’s commemorative photographs and pretend like you’re hob knobbing with the Hollywood elite here.