March 20, 2023

Drift Palm Springs Hotel Opens in Downtown

By Bob Marra

A little more than a month since the opening of its first California property in Santa Barbara, Drift Hotels has added another boutique hotel to its California portfolio.

The 30-unit Drift Palm Springs, which opened on March 17, sits in downtown Palm Springs on the east side of Indian Canyon Drive at the intersection of Baristo Road.

The property blends traditional Spanish colonial and Moorish architectural elements with mid-century modern accents, like art from contemporary artist Sean Spellman and furniture by Los Angeles-based studio Waka Waka.

Accommodations run the gamut from studios to 1,629-square-foot four-bedroom suites with spacious kitchens and living rooms. There are also one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Apart from the studios, all suites come with a full kitchen.

The color palette draws from the surrounding desert landscape with shades of beige, olive, and soft pink and is layered with organic materials and decor sourced from Mexico. In the larger accommodations, French doors open to private balconies with hammocks, lounge furniture, and impressive views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

At the center of the hotel is a swimming pool with private cabanas and sun loungers, surrounded by towering palm trees and desert plants. Light bites and agave-based drinks are available at the Drift Pool Bar.

When guests work up an appetite, they are welcome at Maleza — the hotel’s all-day restaurant offering a seasonal menu created by chef Ysaac Ramirez. The menu has indulgent Baja-style dishes, including braised pork shank with mole coloradito and a vegan chile relleno. There’s also a variety of Mexican spirits, craft cocktails, and wine.

“Drift was designed for the modern traveler by providing attainable, well-designed accommodations that stand out from the sea of same, engineered through efficient tech and innovative operating models,” Philip Bates, cofounder and CEO of California-based TMC Hospitality, which owns Drift Hotels, said in a press release. “The hotel honors the magic of the desert while introducing new bespoke experiences, style, and service to downtown Palm Springs.”

After inaugurating its first hotel in 2021, Drift Hotels currently operates three properties: San José del Cabo, Santa Barbara, and now, Palm Springs. A fourth hotel in Nashville is slated to open by the end of 2023.


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