A colorful past only adds character to Palm Springs The Colony Palms Hotel: Founded in 1936 by mobster Al Wertheimer, the property underwent various incarnations as a brothel and gambling house before Robert Howard (grandson of the owner of Sea Biscuit, the champion racehorse) bought the hotel in 1951. Hollywoods young elite including Ol Blue Eyes frequented the property for the next quarter century. Today, following a $17-million renovation, the tradition continues with starlets like Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, and Emma Roberts bedding down in the posh desert digs.
THE VALUE: Rooms typically cost around $250, but the Insider Sale knocks midweek stays down to just $95 a night (weekend reservations cost $149); plus, guests who book this package receive a $25 food and drink credit, $50 to spend at the spa, champagne on arrival, and a VIP card for Cabazon Outlets.
THE CATCH: Blackout dates apply.
THE DETAILS: Click here to book online, and use promo code PRVT.
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