By Nadia Ibanez, Chief Scribbler
It’s about five weeks until the crew makes our way to the desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and we’re still squealing after finally getting our wristbands in the mail yesterday. While we’re already starting to think of our outfits, playlists and the yummy desert restaurants we’ll be visiting while we’re in town, Andrea and I are also thinking about ways to extend our weekend to spend a night or two at the desert’s newest and boldest hotel: The Saguaro.
One look at the former Holiday Inn turned signature Joie de Vivre-branded desert hideaway and you’ll instantly realize the hotel is geared toward the hip, young and in crowd. Every color within the hotel, which we hear is 12, represents a color of desert flower found in the region, and we love it! It’s one of those hotels that you just have to see to believe.
Some of the amenities include:
Iron Chef and James Beard Award Winner Jose Garces is manning the kitchens of the two onsite restaurants, Tinto and El Jefe and is bringing smells and tastes from the Basque region of Northern Spain and Southern France in Tinto, and Mexico City in El Jefe. Drop by for tapas and tequila flights before you start your evening. We perused the menus and would highly recommend a charcuterie and cheese plate, mariscos, or the organic chicken with truffle whipped potatoes, local brussels sprouts and bacon at Tinto. Or, walk into El Jefe for a pitcher of sangria and some ceviche.
You can’t spend a weekend out in the desert without indulging in a spa treatment, or two. Lucky for all of us, the hotel has their own Saguaro Spa and offers body treatments with a nod to the desert. The Limeade Aloe Wrap and Blood Orange Date Sugar Scrub are already calling our names.
Perhaps the biggest attraction or amenity at the Saguaro is the hotel and the guestrooms itself. Beyond Disney-themed resorts, where else can you find brightly colored hotel rooms and lobbies that encourage guests to experience all of the textures and spectrums? The designers behind the hotel have masterfully integrated the desert scenery into each room with small details throughout, like architectural design books about the region’s innovators, imported Mexican furniture, retro artwork, and more. And the daily yoga and pet-friendly options are just icing on the cake, along with the ability to request your own colored guestroom.
Color us intrigued.
For more information, visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/riverside/saguaro_palmsprings.