Friday, August 9, 2013

The Ace Hotel. Go To There.


Last week I turned 35.  35!  It feels strange in a way that's hard to put into words.  I don't feel old or anything, I am just middle aged and I don't know when it happened.  Maybe I wasn't paying attention. I do get easily distracted...

My husband got us a reservation at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs for my birthday which would make the weekend our first weekend away from our kids ever.  There are a lot of reasons for this and I have gotten enough bewildered, shocked, and/or judgmental looks from people to last me a lifetime.  Whatever everyone thinks about it, it just is.  It took a lot of arranging... babysitting, dog sitting, guinea pig sitting, vacation from work requests, and it took about 2 hours to get everyone dropped off where they needed to be, but it was well worth it.  I love my children so much and I am not one you will hear saying how much they need and love "alone time" or "me time" but uninterrupted time with Mike was priceless.  We really like each other and it is so good to be reminded of that.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to talk with him about anything and everything and to just reconnect.


 



I really feel like the Ace was built for people like me.  I'm not fancy and the hotel is not fancy, but it is just so...nice.  I walked in and at once felt calm.  The rooms are simple and clean and smell like Urban Outfitters.  The decor is interesting without being busy and all the little details are well thought out.  Even the landscaping outside is neatly kept and embraces the desert without being kitschy.  There is no pink adobe or faux Southwest style.  The pebbly sand is raked like a zen garden and there are beautiful succulents and cacti everywhere with pops of color in the form of art painted on a stucco wall or brightly colored chairs that could have come from your grandmother's patio.  The walkways are wide open and while everything is pretty minimalist, there are a million things to look at like the pattern of the wood planks on the patio doors and the tile work around the communal fireplaces.





I have a difficult time relaxing, I am a busy girl and if I'm not being productive, I get anxious.  At the Ace, I sat by the pool for 9 hours and read a book.  There was a lot going on, but it was all so calm.  There were people there to party, but they weren't rambunctious about it.  They create such a relaxed atmosphere that even when people were half in the bag, they were chill about it. The thing is, you feel about a million miles away from life.  In a good way.  And you're drinking the freshest beverage you've ever tasted.  And Leonard Cohen is singing to you in surround sound. Suddenly, 35 doesn't seem so bad.




The 100+ degree heat didn't bother me.  There are plenty of escapes from it.  The pool is perfectly cool and not chloriney, the restaurant is open and airy with food that rivals my favorite San Diego restaurants, and the rooms are climate controlled with a great big bed covered in organic cotton that will give you the best sleep of your life.

My husband and I both loved The Ace.  We can't wait to go back.  It's even kid friendly if that's on your list of needs. I would love to go with the kids in the Spring when it is cool enough to hike and explore and go rock hunting.  I hope you can find a chance to go too and if you do, tell me your thoughts!  They have a deal right now this month through August 31 if you go during the week, the rooms are deeply discounted.  Check it out here.  PLUS they have hotels in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, London, and New York that look like a lot of fun as well.  

So now I'm a week into 35 and feel like I'm off to a good start.  I hope this year is a good one.  I'm going to do everything I can to make it so and if it's hard, I'm going to close my eyes and picture this.









*the Ace did not give me anything to write this.  I am not that influential.  I just like to share cool stuff.


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