New Palm Springs Village Starts to Blossom


After years of wrangling, hand wringing, scope changing, Measure “J” and even some scandal, the Palm Springs downtown is realizing a much timely renewal.

The Kimpton Rowan Hotel, Starbucks Reserve, Blaze Pizza, West Elm, H&M, Kiehl’s, MAC Cosmetics and the new public parking garage are now open for business. Coming real soon now are Tommy Bahama, Free People, Francesca’s, and Il Corso.

Although Virgin Hotel construction has not yet begun, it promises to be another unique hotel. Virgin Hotels CEO, Raul Leal said, “Opening a property in California has been on our wish-list since day one, and Palm Springs has grown beyond its reputation of a retreat for Californians, we knew it was the ShowImage (1)perfect location for a Virgin Hotel.”

The new DOWNTOWN PARK will be situated across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum. It will be placed where the original Desert Inn was located. Nellie Coffman, the Desert Inn’s founder embraced the “space, stillness, solitude and simplicity” of Palm Springs, and the park is steeped in her spirit. The Downtown Park will serve as a refuge to complement the hotels, shops and restaurants with open space, special events and public art.
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