Colony Palms Hotel

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Colony Palms Hotel
Colony Palms Hotel is located in California
Colony Palms Hotel
Location in California
General information
Address 572 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
Coordinates 33°49′53″N 116°32′42″W / 33.8315°N 116.5450°W / 33.8315; -116.5450Coordinates: 33°49′53″N 116°32′42″W / 33.8315°N 116.5450°W / 33.8315; -116.5450
Opening 1936
Owner Michael Rosenfeld
(Woodridge Capital Partners)
Management Colony Palms Hotel
Technical details
Floor count 2
Design and construction
Architect Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
(2007 renovation)
Developer Al Wertheimer
Other information
Number of rooms 52
Number of suites 5
Number of restaurants 1
Colony Palms Hotel

The Colony Palms Hotel is located in Palm Springs, California. The hotel has 56 rooms and suites.

It re-opened after a 2007 renovation, and features the "Winner's Circle Suite" in honor of previous owners, Robert S. and Andrea Leeds Howard (owners of the racehorse Seabiscuit).


The Colony Palms Hotel was originally built as the "Colonial House" by Las Vegas casino owner and Purple Gang member[1] Al Wertheimer.[2]:250 The hotel began receiving guests in 1936, and had a reputed downstairs speakeasy and brothel. It was renamed "Howard Manor" in the late 1940s when Robert and Andrea Leeds Howard took possession.[3] (Robert Howard was the son of Charles S. Howard.) Boxing champion Jack Dempsey was also an owner.[3] For the next 25 years the hotel was a haven for young Hollywood in Palm Springs.

In the 1970s, it became a health spa called The Palms operated by Sheila Cluff (owner of The Oaks in Ojai, California).[1]

The original hotel had a mural on the wall that was Botticelli-esque in nature, with some frolicking nudes. The new owner (Steve Ohren) preserved the original mural from 1935[4] when redesigning the resort with Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Moore, Dawn (December 2007). "Shine on Colony Palms: A passion for preservation returns a historic property to it seductive side". Palm Springs Life. 
  2. ^ Niemann, Greg (2006). "Ch. 46: Do You Remember? Gone But Not Forgotten". Palm Springs Legends: creation of a desert oasis. San Diego, CA: Sunbelt Publications. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-932653-74-1. OCLC 61211290.  (here for Table of Contents)
  3. ^ a b Vincent, Roger (June 18, 2012). "L.A. investors acquire Palm Springs hotel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 16, 2012.  (with correction on: "For the record" (June 22, 2012). Los Angeles Times)
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