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This article first appeared in SUITCASE Volume 16: The Spirit Issue.

In the Twenties, Hollywood introduced the ‘two-hour rule’, which meant that actors under contract had to remain within two hours’ reach of the studio at all times. And so Palm Springs, located 110 miles east and roughly 90 minutes’ drive from Los Angeles, was put on the map as a getaway for the likes of Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart.

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With a wealth of boutique hotels and 350 days of sunshine each year, this desert town continues to serve the Hollywood scene today. Come during the International Film Festival or Coachella for some serious celebrity-watching; come at any other time and you’re just as likely to find a granny playing bingo at The Ace Hotel as a young Hollywood blonde.

TO STAY

Korakia Pensione

Once known as Dar Maroc, this former artist’s villa from the Twenties has been lovingly restored into an ethereal boutique hotel. Located just off Palm Canyon Drive, it seems a world away from the mid- century modern style of Palm Springs. It’s an Instagram favourite thanks to its Moroccan fountains, flagstone courtyards filled with citrus trees and wild gardens decked with fairy lights.

  • +1 760 864 6411
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  • 257 South Patencio Road
    Palm Springs
    92262

The Amado

If you’re after the classic mid-century modern Palm Springs experience, this small boutique hotel is made up of six bedrooms, which can be rented as individual suites, or as a single property for 12 people. The quirky one-storey vacation home is simple but chic, with a large outdoor courtyard filled with citrus trees and its own pool.

Sparrows Lodge

Understated but extremely cool, this restored 1950s hacienda has a summer camp feel. The 20 cabins surround a communal courtyard, outdoor fire pit and pool, and each one features exposed-beam ceilings, red walls and grey Swiss army blankets thrown over the beds. The lodge hosts beautiful al-fresco dinners in their Barn Kitchen – check them out whether you’re staying the night or not.

  • +1 760 327 2300
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  • 1330 East Palm Canyon Drive
    Palm Springs
    92264

Kariake Pensione

The Amado

Sparrows Lodge

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