by Alex Palmer | August 21, 2018
Palm Springs was once a celebrity hideaway where big-name stars could escape the spotlights and camera flashes of Los Angeles. But while this city continues to draw big names (and not just on the weekends of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival), it's hardly a secret anymore. Palm Springs has become a popular destination for travelers of all persuasions, including meeting groups, and the many new developments and property renovations happening here is making it an increasingly attractive option for planners.

Late last year, Kimpton's The Rowan Palm Springs [pictured] opened its doors, boasting 153 spacious rooms, two restaurants, in-room spa services and the city's only rooftop pool. Its design-driven venues range from the 2,300-square-foot Sky Ballroom to the intimate Jasper Boardroom to the rooftop event room with some of the best mountain views you're likely to find in the city. Groups will also soon be able to take advantage of the redeveloped Ivy Palm Resort & Spa, a 100-room property with a conference room and 100-person event space, as well as two outdoor pools.

Next year will see the opening of the Andaz Palm Springs, offering 150 guest rooms and 13 suites, spa, rooftop pool and two restaurants. Located in the heart of downtown, it will also showcase 30,000 square feet of retail space of its own, including clothing shops, boutiques and galleries. The 169-room Dream Palm Springs will also be opening next year, bringing with it 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Further in the future, the 150-room Virgin Palm Springs is slated to open in 2022 as part of a larger downtown redevelopment project, complete with a new outdoor public event space facing the Palm Springs Art Museum.

But while the future may be bright, it's Palm Springs' rich history that sets it apart. Look no further than Ingleside Inn, a center of celebrity and desert glamour going back to the 1920s  first as a private club run by the matriarch of an automobile empire, then as a hotel and restaurant overseen by businessman and host extraordinaire Melvyn Haber (and a favorite escape for Golden Age Hollywood's brightest stars including Frank Sinatra, Greta Garbo, Lucille Ball and many more). It's now been brought into the 21st century with a comprehensive renovation that wrapped late last year, including modern touches such as modern glass shower doors, in-room refrigerators and coffeemakers and expanded rooms. But the redesign of the 30 rooms and suites, including custom headboards, Spanish-style rugs and refurbished lighting  not to mention, amenities such as roomside martini service and croquet sets  were all made with an eye toward returning the property to its original elegance. Like much about this city, even as it looks to the future, it embraces its past.