It’s been through several iterations over the years, but the Del Marcos Hotel is back to its late 1940s look and personality – though with a few modern touches like flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and a saltwater swimming pool.
The substantial renovation to return the Del Marcos to its original mid-century mod style – a signature look for Palm Springs, almost beyond the swaying palm trees – was officially recognized Sunday afternoon when city and preservation officials presented the hotel owners with the Class I historic site designation.
“Now, I think the vibe is true to its bones,” said Laura Ramstead, manager of the 1947 William F. Cody designed 17-room motel.
“We try to keep as much of the period pieces as possible, and then we also mix in some ‘comfort pieces,’” added Lars Viklund, who owns the hotel.
“The bones – the structure — never really changed. It was more the furnishings,” Viklund added. “So when we saw it, it was more of a country inn, but we thought it had the great bones to bring it back to its original style.”
Originally designed for owners Samuel and Adele Marcus, the building is historically important because it was Cody’s first independent commission in Palm Springs, and launched his solo career in the desert.
Rooms vary in features, furnishings and size; and rates for next weekend range from $268 for two nights to $538 for two nights.