A DESERT OASIS WITH A LIVELY PAST IN THE HEART OF PALM SPRINGS

The Colony Palms Hotel’s rich and colorful history  established it as an iconic part of Palm Springs and over the years it has been host to Hollywood’s elite, mobsters, athletes, film producers, gamblers and politicians.

THE HISTORY OF COLONY PALMS HOTEL

History of Colony Palms Hotel

1936

ESTABLISHED 1936 AS COLONIAL HOUSE

Originally dubbed the Colonial House, the Spanish Colonial style hotel was built and opened in 1936 by owner Al Wertheimer, a reputed mobster and member of the infamous Purple Gang.

1951

RENAMED HOWARD MANOR

After World War II, the hotel was renamed the Howard Manor under the glamorous new ownership of Robert Howard, son of Charles Howard, owner of the championship racehorse Seabiscuit, and his wife Andrea Leeds Howard, an Academy Award-nominated actress. The hotel remained a haven for Hollywood stars in Palms Springs for many years.

1956

HOWARD MANOR LEGACY CONTINUES

Annie and Dave Margolis acquired the hotel from Robert Howard on a handshake deal made between Dave and Robert over cocktails one evening at the hotel. The highly social couple continued operating the hotel under the Howard Manor, a name that had become synonymous with Palm Springs glamour.

1979

THE PALMS – FIRST HEALTH SPA IN PALM SPRINGS

The hotel was leased to fitness pioneer Sheila Cluff and her husband Don who changed the name to The Palms at Palm Springs and established the first health spa in an otherwise lazy Palm Springs.

2007

A NEW ERA OF LUXURY EMERGES

The hotel underwent an extensive renovation designed in collaboration with Los Angeles based designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, and the property was renamed to be the Colony Palms Hotel, regaining its swagger as a stunning four-star boutique hotel spread over three acres of property.

2017

COLONY PALMS HOTEL TODAY

The property still maintains its old school charm with a few modern additions, including the recently remodeled The Spa featuring upgraded lounge and treatment rooms, redesigned Purple Palm Restaurant and Olive Room, new Palme d’Or Event Space, and updated guest rooms with luxurious amenities.

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