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Mid-Century Desert Hideaways – Two Palm Springs Hotels

Written by Christopher • June 12th, 2014
Mid-Century Desert Hideaways – Two Palm Springs Hotels

Orbit-In in Palm Springs

Forget your worries for a while and travel back in time to a place where iconic Mid-Century design and architecture can still be enjoyed and gloriously relived.

Located in the famous desert utopia of Palm Springs in California, the Orbit In and the Horizon Hotel boast a chic vintage presence combined with ultra-mod amenities worthy of the most à la mode contemporary hotel. Enjoy drinks by the pool or admire the sleek and shiny architecture set against the rugged mountainous backdrop. Alternatively, bring out the fashionista in you and dress up in your newly acquired 1960’s garments picked up from one of the many thrift shops around Palm Springs. The choices are endless and the experiences priceless.

The Orbit In is an exemplary jewel of the 1950’s style in design and offers its guests two different experiences, each with its own distinct characteristics. Whether you are seeking a romantic weekend away, set to the swinging tunes of the Rat Pack, or perhaps looking to enjoy the comforts of your personal townhouse, complete with a personal pool and decked out in 1950’s Arne Jacobsen furniture – the Orbit In fulfills your every craving. Despite the carefree, childishly happy-go-lucky state of mind this experience may induce, do not forget to book yourself a divine Swedish massage. Make sure you follow it up with a nightly visit to the Lemon Bar (415 S. Belardo, Tel: +1 (760) 327-4117) located just a few steps away.

If you prefer a slightly more modern touch, without straying too far from the Mid-Century era, the Horizon Hotel is the place for you. Originally built in 1952 by architect William F. Cody for Hollywood magnate Jack Wrather and his actress wife Bonita Granville, the Horizon Hotel, with its stylish 22 rooms, is a modern retreat for all trendsetting guys and dolls. This private oasis has hosted the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, and pays plenty of attention to detail. Offering a truly luxurious experience, it is packed with state-of-the-art conveniences and star service that will satisfy the most demanding of guests. I say, order that martini right away, put on a Henry Mancini record and dream away.

The Orbit In and The Horizon Hotel both seek to evoke the playfulness and elegance of days gone past and are retreats where you can (at least for a little while) utterly forget about your constant battle against the clock.

There is a swank cocktail party at the pool at nine – and you are invited.

Don Draper ends up in Palm Springs in episode 11 of season 2, entitled “The Jet Set”.

Above: Orbit-In in Palm Springs

Above: Orbit-In in Palm Springs

Above: Orbit-In in Palm Springs

Above: Orbit-In in Palm Springs

Above: Orbit-In in Palm Springs

Above: The Horizon in Palm Springs

Above: The Horizon in Palm Springs

Above: The Horizon in Palm Springs

Above: The Horizon in Palm Springs

Above: The Horizon in Palm Springs

Christopher

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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