V Palm Springs, the former Curve hotel, has had a $15 million dollar facelift and partially opened in time for Coachella. The hotel will be completed in September and boasts 140 rooms.
Westar Architecture group are behind the decor which is simple but modern, and pays homage to the Native American culture. Standard king rooms come with a balcony and many rooms offer spectacular views of the San Jacinto mountains.
The lobby is open and clean with super friendly staff who greet you at check-in with a bag containing water and popcorn – it’s a small but perfect detail, and a promise of the service to come.
The revamped rooms are spacious and contemporary, with that uber new feeling only the most recent of hotels can offer. Throughout, you’ll find Cahulia Indian spiritual motifs such as snakes and feathers. If you can, ask for a room with a view: nothing beats waking up or even watching the sunset from your patio swing.
There’s space to do work on the desk, you’ll have plenty of power points and the property offers solid wi-fi throughout. Thankfully, the bathrooms are also spacious and Malin + Goetz bath amenities are provided along with hooded bathrobes. It’s always a shame when vast hotel rooms come with tiny en suites, so it’s a pleasure to find that isn’t the case here.
The San Jacinto mountains overlook the V-shaped pool which stays open until 11pm. If you need to soak those aching muscles, you can also take a dip in the large jacuzzi pool. Poolside at the V is serene, especially if you’re lucky to catch a dip first thing in the morning. The music adds to the chilled vibe and guest DJs play at the weekend.
The Elixir Pool Bar & Grill is not to be missed. Breakfast options include freshly baked pastries, as well as an exotic fruit platter. The highlight is the bacon and egg fried rice – which combines two of the best comfort foods in one dish. The all-day menu has an Asian fusion influence, including such delights as the fabulous Tuna Tartare Cigars (tuna tartare wrapped in crispy wonton). The grilled shrimp wraps are served with a Thai basil pesto and crispy chilli coconut.
While all the drinks are made from the freshest of ingredients, the cocktails are taken to the next level. They’re large enough to share as you unwind, whether by the pool or by the firepit.
The hotel also houses a small gym if you fancy shedding some of that holiday weight before you get home. For the sporty types, you can also borrow one of the hotel’s bikes for free should you want to cycle around. At the weekend, the buzz shuttle stops right outside to take you to Downtown Palm Springs where you can party in style.
From our helpful check-in to our request for a late check-out, the staff were very accommodating. They even made us aware of the ongoing construction work, which, we’re pleased to report, wasn’t in the slightest bit distracting.
Phase two of the hotel will open later this year with a second adult pool and the Solstice restaurant with farm to table fare. The V Palm Springs is a gem and is bound to become a hot spot! Discover it before everyone else does.
For more information and for bookings, visit vpalmsprings.com.
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For more information, visit Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.
Thanks to the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism for their assistance.