The Palm Springs hotel selection is often a grab bag of experiences: from spring break hot spots, to family-focused respites, to secluded romantic getaways. So where do you go if you want a place with an energetic buzz without being kept up all night by partiers? Answer: The Hotel Zoso.
Architecturally distinct with tiered floors and pyramid shapes, the modern space is a welcomed oasis that still knows how to kick up its heels and have a little fun. Though the weekend we were hosted at the hotel was also the same weekend multiple high school reunions descended, we're sure the marble lobby and bar lounge welcomes a well-dressed crowd every other weekend regardless of the influx of revelers. In fact, the hotel is currently offering the "ZWheelin' Package" which gives you use of a rental car, includes a $25 food and beverage credit, and includes a room at the hotel for only $189. For $40 more, you can even upgrade your ride to a convertible!
The room we stayed in offered many cool comforts from the desert heat. The patio was the largest we have ever seen in a standard room (hint: the first floor rooms have the largest patios) and practically doubles the living space. Upping the Impress Me factor, the patio fan and lights can be controlled by a remote control and you can rent an iPod from the hotel already pre-loaded with cool tunes. The room itself was also notable for its size and held not only a delectably plush king-size bed, but also a hip sitting area complete with a personal-sized palm tree.
Tired and famished from a long drive, we called room service and were delighted when our yummy burger, onion rings, and fries were at our door within fifteen minutes. One downside to the room experience was the entertainment options. While Showtime is included in your channel selection, there are no movie ordering options which is a little odd in such a modern and luxe establishment. Though the local movie theater is simply two blocks away, it would be nice to be able to watch a film in the comfort of your own room.
Touching on the hotel's location, it is simply ideal. Located in the heart of the bustling downtown, it is one street removed from the main strip which puts you in the middle of all of the action without the extra chaos and noise. A stone's throw away from all the shops, bars, and restaurants, it is perfectly situated for a morning stroll to the nearby Coffee Bean or a high-heeled walk to a fancy dinner.
All in all, we would return again in a heart beat to this centrally-located sanctuary offering air-conditioned luxury in the middle of the desert.