Del Marcos Hotel – A Sunseeker's Oasis in Palm Springs


Winter in San Diego, California, is a cakewalk compared to cities like Chicago, but still, winter it is. It requires weekend migrations to warmer, rejuvenating destinations. One of Sam's and my favorite destinations is Palm Springs, with its good vibes, restaurants of endless cuisines, and blue, cloudless skies. And the Del Marcos Hotel was about to become one of our favorite spots for some R&R.


We left San Diego early on a "cold" winter morning. I could tell Sam was as excited as I was. He sped down the highway, humming to his favorite holiday tune, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." He joked that he's not only a driver but also a DJ, changing radio stations for my liking. "Can I also serve you a cappuccino?" he teased, as I was already in relaxation mode for the weekend.


Del Marcos Hotel sits in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The hotel's orange sign promises a stylish 50's atmosphere. Perfect, I'm so ready, I thought to myself as Sam parked the car on the side street. Something told me right away that this hotel and I were going to get along just fine.

We arrived a tad early for an official check-in to our room. But the pool was open for business and calling my name. Even though the hotel had guests, the pool was miraculously vacant. We set up camp right at the water's edge, and I dipped my toe in. It exceeded all expectations and was so inviting. I immersed myself in the clear, heated saltwater heaven. Jingle bells of joy were ringing in my head and through the speakers around the pool.


The pool serves as the hotel's focal point, designed by architect William F. Cody in 1947. It was his first independent commission that would later gain him recognition for his contribution to Desert Modernism. The structure emphasizes Cody's affinity for angles, light, and open spaces. The material used is local stone and redwood, which comes from the desert in the scenic backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains.

A soothing orange color illuminates the property, giving it a cheerful appearance. Each room of the Del Marcos Hotel has a fresh minimalist feel. Guests can relax in an environment that provides both comfort and timeless simplicity. Coziness makes this boutique hotel a true oasis in the desert.

Each room has a name instead of a number. Ours was the Eames Poolside Villa, one of the larger and sunnier ones on the property. The room offers an excellent view of the pool, mirrored walls, and a modern apartment's furnishings, including a large patio with a stress-relieving tub and firepit. It provides everything one would need for a relaxing and comfortable weekend. The property is also sparkling clean.

So, if you are itching to flee the cold winter of your hometown and in search of sun, a great pool, and some privacy with your partner, come to Palm Springs and have a spicy watermelon margarita – the specialty cocktail at Del Marcos. Since it's an adult-only property, leave the kids at home and enjoy all that this wonderful hotel has to offer.

~ Written by: Viktoria Rusnakova & Samuele Bagnai, authors of Enthusiastic All the Way & Tuscan Who Sold His Fiat to the Pope, respectively.


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