ACE Hotel
Palm Springs, CA

The ACE hotel was one of the first examples of adaptive re-use of buildings in Palm Springs. Formerly a Denny's and Howard Johnson Hotel the two properties were purchase by the visionary group of young investors. This was to be the third hotel at the time for the group, whose holdings now expand the globe.

The intent was to create a seamless connection between the two buildings and at the same time establish an oasis bohemian vibe to the location. A major pool environment was designed by doubling the current pool size  and creating  a new access to the bar restaurant and craning in Date Palm trees that were hand selected in a Salton Sea Date Palm Grove.

The landscape architect created a no car zone to the hotel rooms where previously you could pull up to the front room door. He then  created a pedestrian walk with a vivid black and white paving design. (inspired by Roberto Burle Marx) , Also the Edible Landscape was implemented in by integrating the citrus grove, and date palms, fig and pomegranate trees as well as red and green edible grapes at the Stan Bitters tile fire place gathering pods. All parking was redirected to the perimeter of the property and a ring of Desert Museum Palo Verde trees were planted around the complex's perimeter.

  • Redirect room adjacent vehicle parking to perimeter of property

  • Establish a pedestrian mall that links the two properties seamlessly

  • Provide the Edible Landscape component

  • Integrate a new Commune building and pool that showcases local events

  • The Coachella Valley Department of Water bestowed an award to this water saving landscape.