I’m back from the desert with updates about a new hotel: the Triada Palm Springs.
As I teased in a recent post, I just got a chance to stay in the new Triada, which recently opened from Marriott. It’s a Spanish hacienda-style property with 56 guest rooms in the tony Movie Colony neighborhood downtown, and it’s really lovely.
The property just underwent a multimillion dollar renovation, but was orgiginally designed in 1939 (as readers of this blog well know, I am a huge fan of 1930s vintage Spanish style) and began its life as a private residence. In the 1940s it became the Ambassador Hotel and had various incarnations over the years—during which time it hosted the likes of Esther Williams, Elizabeth Taylor, and Howard Hughes. Most recently, though, it had sat vacant for decades.
The concept for the hotel now comes from the idea of three interrelated parts’ (that’s what triada means in Spanish), and draws influence from contemporary Spanish artists including Miro, Picasso, and Dali.
Cobalt blue decorates the mente section of the hotel (a nod to the mind), burnt orange the corazon area (the heart), and teal the alma area (soul).
The hotel has views of those gorgeous, dramatic San Jacinto Mountains.
Here’s a look inside our guest room and bath:
Triada is in ideal walking distance to the main drag on Palm Canyon Drive, great for dining, shopping, strolling. For reference, it is literally right next door to the Colony Palms Hotel (another favorite).
The property houses its own Iluminaria restaurant, which I noted had a poolside happy hour (but didn’t partake).
If you visit, here are a couple of other great restaurant recommendations within a block: We had a fabulous dinner at Birba, with one of the best starter salads I’ve had in ages (avocado, beets, sea salt), entree pizzas, wine in stemless juice-like glasses (which I love not just because it feels European, but because it has a low center of gravity), and a convivial, cozy atmosphere on the patio. (Hat tip to pal Lizbeth Scordo and Eater for the rec.) Next door, also try the ever-popular Cheeky’s for breakfast.
I’m always on the hunt for places I haven’t yet stayed out in Palm Springs and the surrounding area. I can’t wait to try the dreamy Sparrows Lodge, which I got a little peek into by way of a phenomenal Coachella party, and has since captivated my imagination.
What’s your favorite place to stay in the desert?