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Unveiling the Jewel: Villa Royale Palm Springs

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Nestled in the heart of south Palm Springs, Villa Royale is a haven of elegance and tranquility. This Mediterranean-inspired boutique hotel offers a memorable experience with its unique combination of stunning architecture, exceptional service, and a culinary destination known as Del Rey.

Villa Royale Palm Springs: A Rich History

Villa Royale has a fascinating history dating back to 1947, originally built as a desert hideaway for Hollywood’s elite. Over the years, it has hosted iconic celebrities who were drawn to its secluded charm and breathtaking surroundings. The timeless allure of this historic property adds a touch of glamour to every stay.

It is said that Irving Shulman, the man credited with writing “Rebel Without a Cause,” wrote a large portion at Villa Royale during his stay.

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Exceptional Architectural Beauty

The moment you enter Villa Royale, you are greeted by the hotel’s exquisite architecture. Designed with a Mission Revival Style aesthetic and that old California charm, this 3.5-acre property boasts an array of charming courtyards, intimate gardens, and soothing water features. Each room and suite is meticulously designed, showcasing stylish vintage furnishings and stunning unique artwork that creates an atmosphere of sophistication and relaxation.

The hotel comprises two spaces — the main complex houses 30 of Villa Royale’s 37 rooms, and across South Indian Trail Road is  Villa Rosa, seven California ranch-style villas around a pool that mirror the design features of Villa Royale.

The Lanai at Villa Royale Hotel
The Lanai

Exquisite Accommodations & Service

Villa Royale offers a variety of accommodations to suit every preference. From cozy single rooms to spacious suites, each space is thoughtfully designed to provide the utmost comfort and tranquility. Wake up to stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains or unwind on your private terrace, surrounded by lush greenery. Modern amenities, plush bedding, and elegant décor ensure a truly indulgent stay.

The attentive staff under the direction of general manager Phillip Conner is warm and caring, providing guests with a level of service that makes this Palm Springs visit relaxing and effortless.

Recent million-dollar updates to the property include a dual-entry main pool, guest room refresh including new beds, bedding and artwork, new lobby décor and art, fire pit and large jacuzzi spa, and updated landscaping and torch lighting. Updates to Del Rey include Gucci tiger leaf print wallpaper, tan velvet upholstered walls, and handmade Moroccan light fixtures on the new covered terrace. Artwork additions include photography by David Bailey, and pieces by Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst.

Adults Only.

Biscayne Room at Villa Royale Hotel
Biscayne Room

Villa Royale Palm Springs Amenities

The resort fee provides access to exclusive amenities. Enjoy a beer or cocktail at check-in (or water). Wake up to a continental breakfast and morning coffee service. Includes WiFi throughout the property and onsite complimentary Huffy bikes. Rooms include a minibar.

They partnered with Leus Towels on a special XL Eco Beach Towel. The towels are available for sale at the front desk.

Villa Royale is pet friendly, and they can provide a pet bed, bowls, toy, and tasty treat.

Free Parking.

Villa Royale Original Art

Villa Royale is home to an original, commissioned collection of more than 50 large-format oil paintings by Juan Antonio Casas, Lou Kregal and Sara Radovanovitch, which were painted on site in the year prior to the hotel’s opening. These artists lived and painted at the property for weeks at a time, separately and together, channeling the history and vibe of Palm Springs in their eclectic, respective bodies of work, featuring desert landscapes, classic cars and icons of popular culture, film and music.

Along many lush pathways on Villa Royale’s grounds, guests will also find vibrant murals adorning the walls. Cheyenne Randle, a Los Angeles-based artist & muralist, created wheat paste murals that warmly greets visitors as they park and Villa Royale.

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Del Rey: World-Class Dining

At Villa Royale, food enthusiasts have an exceptional dining experience at Del Rey, the hotel’s renowned restaurant. Under the leadership of Chef Alex Lopez, Del Rey embraces a farm-to-table philosophy, incorporating fresh, locally sourced ingredients focusing on a fusion of Mediterranean and California flavors.

The restaurant’s intimate ambiance, warm lighting, and elegant décor provide the perfect setting for an exquisite dining experience and was refreshed along the same vision of Villa Royale. Enjoy a leisurely meal in the chic and intimate dining room, on the new covered terrace or outdoor patio and savor the starlit desert sky.

Guests of Villa Royale have priority access to Del Rey. Dinner 5 – 10 pm daily.  Happy Hour 4-6 pm Friday-Wednesday.

Del Rey patio

Del Rey Noche de Paella Thursdays: Inspired by Basque country bars and traditions originating from the Valencia region of Spain, Del Rey presents Noche de Paella! Join Del Rey every other Thursday night from October to May for an evening under the desert moonlight. Celebrate good flavors in the company of good people. Each week’s gathering will highlight a five-course menu featuring a pintxo, ensalada, tapa, and one of the best-known dishes in Spanish cuisine….paella!

Paella is a popular Spanish dish that originated in the Valencia region. It is a flavorful and vibrant rice dish cooked in a large, shallow pan called a “paellera.”  Saffron gives the rice a distinct yellow color and adds a unique flavor. Other seasonings like paprika, garlic, and parsley are also used. Other ingredients include chicken, shrimp, and mussels, but these can vary.

The Paella Night dinner are held on Thursdays during season with one seating at 6:30 pm. Parties of up to four guests can book on OpenTable. For parties of five or more, call 760-327-2314. Vegetarian options are available.

No cash, please.

Del Rey

All Photos Credit: Villa Royale

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