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Riviera Palm Springs, continued ...Published: March 01, 2011

Yep, I’d heard all of the stories before, but I’d never walked the path of the stars’ footsteps – until I spent a weekend at the Riviera Palm Springs. It was my home base for two days of Palm Springs-modern exploration, and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to stay. Much like it was throughout the 1950s and ’60s, this is a place to see and be seen.
   
This 406-room property was resurrected in 2008 and has emerged as a jewel in the desert. Drive by it at night, and your eyes can’t help but move toward the lights and colors and shapes that beam – really, quite literally beam – from the lobby through gigantic wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that front North Indian Canyon Drive.
   
The common areas can best be described as swanky retro with a little bit of kitsch tossed in. Lots of mirrors. Lots of white leather. Pops of bright jewel-tone accents.
   
Take the lobby, for example. If you were at all tired from the drive out of Orange County, by the time you walk through the front doors and step up to the check-in desk, you’ll be completely awake and visually stimulated. First, you’re likely to notice the deep orange glow that radiates from behind a white lacy lattice-like wall treatment. The seating is even more challenging to put into words. Think of a few 6-foot-tall thumbtacks plunged into rich, dark hardwood flooring, then covered in cushy white vinyl and topped by mirrored lights that kind of look like stand-alone chandeliers.
   
The adjacent Starlite Lounge has a white grand piano. Another lounge area has a white billiards table and a 30-foot-high video wall.
   
And the rooms? Well, they’re big – the smallest is about 300 square feet – retro-posh and über cool. Fluffy pillows. Plush bedding. Fun colors. Ultra-modern décor, of course.
   
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