REVIEW

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

The third branch in the white-hot Ace chain makes the most of its expansive desert resources.

By Mario Lopez-Cordero, Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009, 3:30 PM

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

About this Hotel

Price From $109

Occupying a 1965 Howard Johnson, the 9-month-old Ace Hotel & Swim Club has a dedicated stargazing deck near the pool and is in the process of going fully solar-powered. But design is really the brightest light here. The 180 rooms, with cork floors and tree-trunk tables, have whimsical accents like denim-covered headboards and vintage National Geographic magazines scattered about. Throughout the property, designers make playful use of space: An ice-cream truck serves as the poolside bar, and spa treatments take place in Mongolian yurts. The on-site King's Highway restaurant, once a Denny's, is a foodie's riff on a retro diner—think ricotta hotcakes served with maple-crunch butter.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Doubles from $109.