Riviera Palm Springs: A Modern Playground of Classic Glam

Part of an illustrious collection of resorts spanning the coastal corners of the nation, Riviera Palm Springs sits at the foot of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains in the heart of old Palm Springs, offering visitors a historic hotbed for shopping, dining, golfing, entertainment, and culture.

The former stomping ground of Golden Age notable names like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Elvis Presley, the property originally marked its landmark debut in 1959 as Palm Springs’ largest and most famous resort. The new Riviera, which reopened in October 2008 following a $70 million facelift, offers entry into the 1960s world of glamour, in ultra-modernized form.

Riviera Palm Springs features 406 revamped guest rooms, including 43 over-the-top suites, outfitted with hip furnishings, chic marble bathrooms, and private patios or balconies opening to gaping views of beautiful Palm Springs, and the resort’s lushly-landscaped gardens and intimate courtyards anchored by fire pits. The resort’s design is accentuated with sleek lines, abstract details, bold graphics, and pops of vivacious colors, like lemon yellow, deep orange, chartreuse, and bright white. The property’s classic minimalist style is gilded with Andy Warhol-inspired art of the resort’s famous clientele, such as iconic Marilyn Monroe; edgy crystal chandeliers; retro furnishings; and mirrored walls.

Strut past the resort’s original façade—renewed to recall Vegas’ The Sands, The Flamingo, and The Stardust—stopping to gaze in awe at the vivid orange backlit flower-burst walls in the whimsical lobby, and grab a tantalizing icy martini at one of Riviera’s poolside bars, or lounges. Summertime is the perfect time to bask in Riviera Palm Springs’ amenities that abound. Take advantage of the resort’s two glistening swimming pools with private cabanas, two exclusive on-site retail boutiques, two private tennis courts, a full-service spa, fitness center, and salon, nearby championship golf, and world-class shopping in Palm Springs and El Paseo District.

Blending more than just summery cocktails, Riviera’s dining options are as entertaining as they are satisfying, and fitting for all ages and culinary tastes. Circa59 Restaurant, Riviera Palm Springs’ signature dining venue presents classic dishes with a contemporary, ocean-inspired twist on the traditional steakhouse. Bikini Bar is a seductive pool bar soaked in sun and sporting a hip lounge atmosphere with upscale fare and more than 50 rums and tequilas from around the world. Starlite Lounge is the place to see and be seen; indulge in classic cocktails and light fare while listening to sets from nightly DJs. Sidebar Lounge is a sophisticated nightspot with cosmopolitan flair and sex appeal, featuring a resident mixologist, and adjacent outdoor patio set for stargazing.

Riviera Palm Springs’ SpaTerre is the award-winning 11,000 square-foot refuge specializing in cross-cultural and global treatments inspired by Indonesian, Thai, and Balinese rituals. Soothe your soles in an exotic, mystifying haven offering relaxations like a rare Watsu pool and 18 treatment rooms, and all-encompassing luxuries like a tanning salon, and full-service hair and nail salon.

And if there’s a special occasion in your immediate future, then Riviera Palm Springs is awash in lavishness suitable for extraordinary weddings, and both intimate and grandiose meetings and banquets.

Regardless of whether Palm Springs summons you for outdoor family fun in a desert oasis, or a hedonistic couples retreat, and every trip in between, Riviera Palm Springs is a glitzy modern mecca evoking former Hollywood glory, but hailing ultra-chic contemporary twists, beckoning the rich, the famous, and the flat-out fabulous. Swanky, but with an über-cool attitude, it’s hard to resist Rivieria’s Old Hollywood allure.

Riviera Palm Springs
1600 N Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA,  92262
Hotel Direct: 760.327.8311