Palm Springs’ Legendary Movie Colony Hotel Re-opens Following Extensive Renovation

Boutique gem with starchitect pedigree returns to Indian Canyon’s Hotel Row

Palm Springs, CA – March 29, 2019 - Frank Sinatra partied here. Marilyn Monroe slept here. Jim Morrison jumped into the pool here - from his second-floor balcony! Now the legendary Movie Colony Hotel, which closed for renovations in 2015, is ready to write the latest chapter in its amazing history.

The 16-room property sits at the edge of Palm Springs’ “Movie Colony” neighborhood, where Golden Age film stars like Cary Grant, Jack Benny, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh once owned vacation homes. The neighborhood’s many high walls, thick hedges and a lack of sidewalks are reminders of how the stars valued their privacy.  Movie Colony Hotel is also in the middle of Palm Springs’ vibrant Uptown Design District, where visitors can find some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, art galleries, shops and more - all within walking distance.

Movie Colony Hotel is also famous as the first hotel designed by master architect Albert Frey in 1935. It was originally build as a three-unit townhouse complex known as the San Jacinto Hotel. For the devotees of architecture who flock to Palm Springs each year for Modernism Week, it’s an important touchstone. In renovating the property, the mid-century modern integrity of the Movie Colony Hotel was retained. Frey’s original two-story “townhouses” have been recast into duplex suites.

“We are very excited to have the Movie Colony Hotel back in our boutique hotel collection and contributing to our hallmark mid-century modern architecture and design vibe” said Mary Jo Ginther, Director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism. It continues to add to our already growing and bustling downtown.

Warm woods, splashes of color and comfortable sofas and chairs have been added throughout the public and guest areas. The sun-drenched pool area, with a fantastic view of the breathtaking San Jacinto mountains, has been enlivened by bright textile accents in yellow and white.

The Movie Colony Hotel features:

  • 16 guest rooms with pillowtop beds, in-room safes, Keurig® coffee makers and elegant plantation shutters. Most rooms have patios or balconies.
  • A central courtyard, where a complimentary continental breakfast bar of bagels, fresh seasonal fruit, juices and French-pressed coffee is served daily, and a patio bar opens each evening.
  • Restaurant, bar and room services from its sister property, the Triada Palm Springs, which is next door.

The Movie Colony Hotel is located at 726 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, and can be reached by calling 760-284-1600 or online, It is owned and operated by Pacifica Host Hotels.


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Pacifica Host Hotels, a division of Pacifica Companies, is a hotel management and ownership company based in San Diego, CA. Pacifica Host owns and operates over 40 hotel and resort assets in five states across the United States. Pacifica Host is a leader in the hospitality industry boasting the rank of the 35th largest hotel management company in the U.S. For more information on Pacifica Host Hotels, visit

About Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is welcoming visitors to its new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, chic shops, as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering and relaxing. With 360 days of sun-kissed weather and gorgeous scenery, it’s no wonder Palm Springs is like no place else with a growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vide. Palm Springs is a two hours away from Los Angeles and San Diego.