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September 29th 2022
FOUR NEW CHIC BOUTIQUE HOTELS TO TRY THIS FALL
If Acme Hospitality’s charming dining concepts in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone (including The Lark and La Paloma Café) and its two historic hotels from the Gold Rush era are any indications, the company’s newest venture, Azure Sky, a 14-room boutique hotel in the heart of Palm Springs, is set to be the hottest new place in the desert. A team of local craftsmen overhauled the original 1959 structure while staying true to its retro midcentury-modern roots. Wood-paneled rooms appointed with curvy boucle chairs and floating wooden beds are centered around a courtyard, affectionately dubbed “the meadow,” which gives way to the tranquil pool area—a welcome retreat from the bustle of nearby downtown.
Words by KELSEY McKINNON
Loungy Desert Days
Front desk attendant Cesar Gonzalez offers guests kind, gentle greetings, sets out a continental breakfast each morning, and every once in a while fields mail sent to past residents of Azure Sky in Palm Springs, a former timeshare resort that was repurposed into apartments and is now a 14-room hotel. While the hospitality has turned professional, the residential feel of the place has remained. “When I travel,” says owner R Henry Courtemanche, “I love being able to have that hybrid of hotel amenities—where you’re waited on and have housekeeping and bar service—but feel at home. We tried to bring the best of both worlds together.”
While the 21-and-over hotel doesn’t have a restaurant on-site, rooms have kitchenettes with refrigerators, induction burners, sinks, and cooking tools. The largest accommodations are 620 square feet, and freestanding hammocks make the private patios feel like mini backyards.
By Erin Rottman
September 16th 2022
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Another stellar choice and one of the city’s newest openings is Azure Sky. Located in South Palm Springs and within walking distance of Ace Hotel, Villa Royale and buzzy new restaurant Bar Cecil, it’s an adults-only boutique gem that welcomes each arrival with a cocktail from the lobby bar. It feels intimate with just 14 rooms and suites, most featuring kitchenettes and private patios with hammocks. However, it’s easy to meet and mingle with guests around the swimming pool, a focal point of the property, alongside its duo of courtyards and fire pits.
September 9th 2022
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Since Libras tend to be social and romantic, Palm Springs, California, is the perfect destination for a couples getaway. Stay at the swanky new adults-only Azure Sky in one of 14 luxurious rooms with built-in floating beds. The Agave Suite ADA boasts a private balcony for unobstructed views of the stars. At night, channel your charm to secure the password for the new Del Rey speakeasy at the Villa Royale hotel next door. Rates at Azure Sky start at $299.
August 30th 2022
Friday in Palm Springs: Check in at Azure Sky.
This quiet oasis is ideal for Palm Springs travelers looking to relax more than party. So don’t expect to find rowdy bachelorette groups smashing rosé or children splashing in the pool here (the hotel is 21 and up). In fact, with just 14 rooms, you might at times feel like you have the whole place to yourself. Azure Sky is a chill, no-frills reinvigoration of the original 1959 hotel featuring a palm tree-enclosed pool with plenty of loungers and umbrellas, views of the San Jacinto Mountains, a communal lawn for lazing about when it’s not too hot, and fire pits for chilly nights.
Like most Palm Springs hotels, it has a mid-century modern theme, and it’s clean, simple and isn’t trying too hard. Rooms are contemporary yet understated with floating wooden beds and soothing neutral tones, and most have kitchenettes and private patios with hammocks. Azure Sky is located conveniently within walking distance to several Palm Springs institutions like Melvyn’s, plus the buzzy Bar Cecil. You can also borrow complimentary cruisers for getting around quicker.
By Jess Lander
Santa Barbara Magazine
We get away in Paradise
With just 14 rooms, AZURE SKY is a newly renovated microhotel embracing a midcentury modern ethos in South Palm Springs. Originally built back in 1959, the hotel, now operated by Santa Barbara’s Acme Hospitality, features serene grounds that have been thoughtfully transformed. A grassy meadow, formally the original pool, features an inviting fire pit. The expansive new pool area is now the focal point of the property with unobstructed views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Restored and redesigned with a neutral_palette, muted black finishes, and glossy wood, the accommodations include plenty of natural light. Boasting custom-built beds, the spacious suites-12 of which feature kitchenettes-call to mind an airy apartment more than a hotel room. With a lobby that doubles as a retro living room, complete with a cocktail bar, guests don’t have to leave the property to enjoy all the desert has to offer.
June 24th 2022
The Four New Must-Stay Boutique Hotels in Palm Springs This Summer: Azure Sky
A private oasis in the heart of Palm Springs, Azure Sky is the brand-new boutique hotel now accepting reservations (as of June 6th). Designed in the Desert Modern style, with soaring roof lines, walls of glass, peek-a-boo exterior screens, and seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces, Azure Sky is a nod to classic 1960s Palm Springs while offering guests all the luxurious amenities that accompany a dreamy getaway.
The space truly feels unreal, in the best way. Unobstructed views of the San Jacinto Mountains give way to a sparkling pool and date palms that sway in the warm summer breeze. The suites are elegant yet understated, offering respite from the busy world you left behind. With no telephones or televisions en suite, Azure Sky is conducive to switching off (although there is great WiFi when you need it!). Instead of a screen, spend your day reading in your private hammock, or lounging by the expansive pool amid lush desert landscaping. Azure Sky is all about basking in the calming seclusion of a chilled-out architectural highlight.
May 12th 2022
Azure Sky to Open in Palm Springs Next Month
An upscale adults-only hotel will soon join the hospitality landscape in Palm Springs, California. Azure Sky occupies a midcentury structure transformed by locally based Cioffi Architect and Anne L’Esperance of An Ellipsis Design to accentuate its roots and revitalize the property as a modern sanctuary.
June 11th 2022
Relive California’s past with 5 reimagined hotels
Transformed into a design lover’s Zen oasis, this former apartment building from 1959 has been reborn as 14-room Azure Sky Hotel, set in the tranquil Deepwell Estates neighborhood. The design team behind this Palm Springs newcomer has made mid-century modern with a calm aesthetic in this secluded property just minutes from all the action of downtown.
Thanks to the vision of the creative team Lightning Bar Palm Springs, made up of John Janulis (partner in Villa Royale Palm Springs & Lightning Bar Collective) and Anne L’Esperance (An Ellipsis Design) with the help of Cioffi Architect, two years were dedicated to breathing new life into every aspect of Azure Sky.
Desert Jewel: Azure Sky Arrives On Scene
On Monday, prepare to pack your bags and head to Azure Sky in Palm Springs for opening day. For a peek inside the reinvented 14-room boutique hideaway that took two years to renovate, we sat down with one of the designers, Anne L’Esperance of An Ellipsis Design, who teamed up with John Janulis of Lightning Bar Collective, along with Cioffi Architect and others. “It feels lush and lavish from the perspective of the property’s landscape, and clean and minimalistic in the guest rooms,” explains L’Esperance, of the adults-only hotel. “It’s somewhat like you are in a fortress once inside the gate and ficus hedges. It becomes your home for the duration of your stay.”
April 15th 2022
For the Traveler in Need of Relaxation
Originally built in 1959, this exclusive hotel caters to adults and promises a serene stay where you can unwind and escape your everyday worries. Out of the 14 rooms provided, 12 are equipped with kitchenettes and outdoor hammocks, giving you a sense of seclusion you won’t find at a chain hotel. Make your way through its midcentury modern hallways and utilize outdoor amenities, like a 4,500-square-foot pool, Jacuzzi, two courtyards and lounge seating scattered throughout the property. The best part? As you check in, you can enjoy a premium cocktail by the cozy fireplace, which is accented with custom woodwork and vintage lighting.
PERK: Guests can enjoy a cocktail by the fireplace as they check in.
April 4th 2022
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This adults-only, 14-room gem is the newest luxury boutique hotel in Palm Springs and is conveniently located close to downtown Palm Springs, but secluded enough to be a serene residential sanctuary. The hotel was originally built in 1959 and underwent two years of restoration before reopening in April 2022. Guests entering the lobby can enjoy a cocktail by the fireplace while checking in, then wind around the hotel’s courtyards and fire pits on the way to their room or the pool.
February 22nd 2022
PALM SPRINGS LIFE
Built in 1959, the midcentury hotel will be reborn in April as Acme Hospitality’s first property in Palm Springs. The company behind such spots as the Santa Barbara restaurants Loquita and The Lark as well as the hip Nevada County hotels Holbrooke and National Exchange modernized the boutique’s 14-room property, which features a 4,500-square-foot pool and fit pits.In the rooms, chic updates include built-in beds with tufted blush-colored headboards.
January 6th 2022
Travel + Leisure
Perfect for West Coast Road Trippers
Palm Springs, California is already an adult’s playground filled with golf courses, world-class spas, plenty of hiking trails, and incredible art and design. Soon, travelers headed to the area, especially as part of a quintessential West Coast road trip, will find Azure Sky, a forthcoming boutique hotel adding to the already stylish landscape.
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