Hotel Paseo, a Marriott Autograph Collection property managed by Evolution Hospitality, officially opened in Palm Desert, Calif. Located along El Paseo, known as the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” and near Coachella Valley attractions such as golf courses, art galleries and Joshua Tree National Park, the boutique property includes a fully restored 1950 Airstream and a backyard lawn with interactive games and yoga overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains. Other offerings include a living art gallery and chef-driven food and beverage.
“My wife Linda and I have been visiting Palm Desert for the past 10 years and noticed that El Paseo was missing a luxury hotel to complement its world-class fashion, art and dining,” Robert Leach, developer of the property, said in a statement. “From the midcentury modern design elements to the hotel’s diverse amenities, we’re committed to creating an experience unlike any other in the desert.”
“Paying homage to the effortless style of the desert’s Golden Era, Hotel Paseo provides a stylish yet welcoming environment, offering something for everyone—whether it’s a local visiting for lunch, or a guest seeking a relaxing desert vacation,” Gil Reyes, GM of the hotel, said in a statement.
Hotel Paseo blends the aesthetic of a desert oasis with midcentury modern design. The hotel's entrance is marked by two palm trees rising through an angular porte-cochère. Other design features include a Calacatta marble-floored lobby stocked with a rotating art gallery, a custom-designed glass blown chandelier by Jesus Garcia and pathfinding art pieces such as a collection of vintage-style roller skates leading to the gym.
The property’s 150 guestrooms are bathed in soft gray, white and light blue tones, complemented by modern artwork by local artists, with barn doors opening to spa-inspired bathrooms. Guests seeking a wellness-centric retreat can also book one of three spa-adjacent Oasis guestrooms that include freestanding, oval-shaped soaking tubs. Hotel Paseo offers nine specialty suites, including a vintage 1950 Airstream by master restorer David Winick. The 25-foot trailer, located on the backyard lawn, includes stainless-steel appliances, an 8-foot reclaimed black walnut bar and a porch with loungers. Additional one-off accommodations include the Billiards Suite, offering a pool table, wet bar, lounge area and a Shinola Runwell record player complete with a curated collection of old and new vinyl; along with the Grand Desert Suite which includes a motorized expandable boardroom table for intimate meetings. Each guestroom and suite has 55-inch smart TVs, while most rooms have private balconies overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains and valley palms.
The hotel’s backyard lawn offers a pool and hot tub with three private cabanas, a poolside cabana bar called Lemondrop, and an outdoor stage with A/V capabilities for live musical performances. The hotel also includes a variety of meetings and event spaces, such as the 3,200-square-foot Grand Paseo Ballroom. The 2,000-square-foot event lawn, adjacent to the main ballroom, serves as an outdoor venue, while the Palm Boardroom accommodates 20 and includes premium A/V capabilities, as well as a 75-inch TV, and views of the lawn and restored Airstream.
Hotel Paseo’s dining destination, AC3 Restaurant + Bar, is led by chef Andrew Copley and wife Juliana (Copley’s on Palm Canyon), as well as Tony Marchese (TRIO). The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour, as well as event catering, room service, and pool bar offerings. The Café is also available in the hotel lobby, serving Starbucks coffee, tea, craft beer, wine and Champagne by the glass, along with locally sourced pastries, sandwiches, salads and pizza.