Art Hotel Is A Colorful Oasis In The Palm Springs Desert

Dated: August 9 2022

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Art Hotel Is a Colorful Oasis in the Palm Springs Desert

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The Art Hotel in Palm Springs, CA, has been looking to book a buyer for a long stay. Owner and designer Tracy Turco reimagined the 1960 lodge as an art-themed, midcentury masterpiece.

Featuring eight rooms available for nightly rentals, the hotel was recently available for $2.5 million.

Turco and her husband, a real estate developer, purchased the property in 2019 for $594,000. Part apartment building, part hotel, the lodge had been in the same family since 1961, says Turco.

Turco’s colorful redesign happened quickly. However, the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, and the hotel wasn’t able to open. Turco pivoted, offering up the hotel as a long-term apartment rental. The hotel recently began welcoming nightly guests.

She and her husband have bought and remade several hotels, opened a modernism museum, and revamped the Tiki House, an Airbnb favorite, which is now on the market.

“I get all my energy and excitement from taking something that’s downtrodden and then I get to resurrect it. I get to make it fun, gorgeous, and true to its splendor,” Turco says.

“That’s a common thread that we have through all the hotels,” Turco says. “A throwback, retro-style vibe that I reinterpret and reimagine, and it’s fresh and new.”

For the Art Hotel, she decided that each room door should be painted a different color.

“I actually used an artist palette as door numbers,” she says. The interior spaces continue the color theme of each door.

Art Hotel in all its retro glory


Each room has a color theme, starting with the door.


The stylish spaces feature Turco-designed wallpaper and art by local artists.

Art-filled room


The rooms largely come with a king bed, separate bathroom, kitchenette, guitar, and record player with vintage vinyl.

Each room features unique decor.


There’s a shared courtyard and pool.

Courtyard and pool


Turco, who has a young child, has decided to slim down her project portfolio for the time being in order to focus on her family.

Turco believes one of the hotel’s best features is that a family or friend group could buy out the entire hotel for a reunion or a vacation.

“Family and friends could stay there, and it’s all theirs,” she says.

This Blog is courtesy of Will Cook, WILL COOK GROUP| Keller Williams Luxury Homes, Palm Springs, CA | DRE #01879277

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