James F. Mills
Palm Springs is all about mid-century modern architecture, but not every place carries the mid-century theme over to the furnishings. However, the Century Palm Springs Hotel definitely does.
Located in the Warm Sands area, the Century Palm Springs has retro modern décor and furnishings that make you feel like you’ve stepped back to the 1960s. Yet at the same time, it all feels crisp, clean and new.
“We’ve got a very classy, cool vibe,” says resort general manager Charlton Quinn. “We’re a modern, hip and comfortable resort where you can truly enjoy the desert.”
Their tagline sums up the resort perfectly—“Warm Sands just got a little cooler.” This is an open and welcoming place that makes you feel young and carefree.
Built as an apartment building in 1958, the property was transformed into a nine-room resort in the 1970s. It went gay in the ‘90s, going under the name of Alexander’s before changing its name to the Century Palm Springs five years ago.
Guests who stay at the Century, which has three pet-friendly rooms, fall in love with it and come back often. Repeat visitors account for 70 percent of the business.
“Most of our visitors are in their late 30s and up, couples who are looking just for the quiet retreat, rest and relaxation,” says Quinn, a Chicago native. “We have several couples that have met here and sustained relationships. Now they meet back here once or twice a year to hang out and experience Palm Springs.”
The pool area with its unobstructed view of San Jacinto Mountain is where everyone congregates, naturally. “With the view and the Palm Springs sun, the pool is just the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate,” Quinn says.
The Century also boasts an on-staff massage therapist, someone who Quinn says can outperform any other massage therapist he’s ever experienced.
During cocktail hour, Quinn will often play ‘60s and ‘70s lounge music on the organ in the lobby, adding to the inviting ambiance.
Quinn, who previously worked as a professional musician, brought that Hammond X66 organ with him to the hotel. “I was going to get rid of [the organ] when I came to Palm Springs, but the owner said to bring it with me,” Quinn explains. “It’s got a mid-century design so it fits right in. Now if the mood of the crowd is right, I’ll play during cocktail hour. On Christmas, I have a dozen guys singing Christmas carols over cocktails.”