Palm Springs has many swanky spots to hang out, relax, and simmer in the sun. While this resort town’s warmth is part of its allure…the desert sun is hot! Palm Springs seasonably sunny weather can be just what you need for a respite, but it can, also, leave you with a very sore burn or cause an uncomfortable and unseemly sweat. When choosing the best place for your vacay lodging, look for a location that puts guest comfort at the forefront. The new boutique hotel, Drift Palm Springs is a local stand out as a cool oasis with intentional thought to detail inside and out. Artfully arranged décor, a high-tech concierge, pampering amenities, and strategically placed outdoor misters are just some of the reasons why the Drift makes for the perfect desert escape.
The Drift Hotel’s architectural features fit in nicely with its famed neighborhood in a reflection of mid-century modern and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. Situated in the heart of Palm Springs downtown shopping, dining, and art scene, the Drift is an upscale destination blending city culture and mountain views. Clean lines and floor to ceiling windows highlight the plein-air openness of the property with design elements that capitalize on natural lighting, neutral earth tones and natural materials.
The outdoor spaces complement interior touches celebrating the best of the desert’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The patio area beckons as a haven for enjoying refreshing swim, a good read, or a poolside cocktail. Nestled between the inviting blue waters and blue skies, contrasting yellow umbrellas line the pool deck with plenty of cabana shade to chill al fresco while taking advantage of the benefits of the outdoor misters. Pretty cool.
The Drift has taken unique steps to implement state-of-the-art technology to enhance the guest experience with convenience from the time of check-in. Replacing the traditional front desk, guests receive a text and email prior to arrival with “pre-check in” instructions which will prompt day-of texts and emails including room number and room key code entry digits when the room is ready. In addition, a digital concierge, aptly named, “Eve” is a phone call away with access to house-keeping service requests and up-to-date information for finding great eats, drinks, and things to do. With a pulse on what’s happening, Eve is the high-tech assistant that gives a high level of service if and when guests want it.
This appreciation for technology in hospitality extends to the pool and patio area with the integration of evaporative cooling in the form of outdoor misters. Koolfog misting systems are created to keep guests comfortable in the heat without getting them wet. High pressure pumps are designed to produce a fine mist with tiny droplets that evaporate when it hits the air. This plunges the immediate temperature around spaces that house outdoor misters so that sunning, eating, and sipping on the patio is a pleasurable experience. Pretty cool.
The Drift has curated amenities suited to maximize a visitor’s stay with convenience, wellness, and comfort in mind. After cruising the streets on complimentary bikes and exploring some of the area’s spectacular sights, head back to the spacious Cacti Desert Lawn for some stretching with complimentary yoga mats and blocks available, any-time. Follow up by savoring amazing fare at the hotel’s premier fine dining restaurant, the Baja Mexican inspired eatery, Maleza. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this rustic restaurant extends the indoor-outdoor desert vibe, with varied gathering spaces including patio seating and a walk-up bar that mixes mezcals, craft cocktails and a mouth-watering. Dining under the outdoor misters elevates the culinary experience with a breezy vibe that nourishes the soul while soothing the body. And that’s pretty cool.