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Retro Palm Springs

From motels to martinis, visitors can experience the mid-century style that's making the city sizzle again.

February 27, 2000|SUSAN SPANO | TIMES TRAVEL WRITER

Other Palm Springs hotels with retro interest are the Movie Colony Inn, 726 N. Indian Canyon Drive, tel. (800) 459-0459 or (760) 320-6340, fax (760) 778- 7924, Internet http://www.moviecolony.com ($89 to $159 with breakfast); Orchid Tree Inn, 261 S. Belardo Road, tel. (800) 733- 3435 or (760) 325-2791, fax (760) 325-3855 ($145 to $395 with breakfast); the Racquet Club, 2743 N. Indian Canyon Drive, tel. (800) 367-0946 or (760) 325-1281, fax (760) 325-3429, Internet http://www.racquetclubps.com ($129 to $595 with breakfast; $595 rate is for three-bedroom, three-bath house with indoor pool), e-mail racquetclubps@yahoocom. In Desert Hot Springs, the just-opened Hope Springs Resort has 10 rooms in a revamped '50s motel for $135 or $150 per night with breakfast; 68075 Club Circle Drive, tel. (760) 329-4003, fax (760) 329-4223, Internet http://hopespringsresort.com. Miracle Manor has only five stylishly minimalist rooms, from $80 to $155; 12589 Reposo Way, tel. (877) 329-6641 or (760) 329-6641, Internet http://www.miraclemanor.com.

For house rentals in the area, McLean Co. Rentals offers 400 properties, some from the '50s and '60s and once inhabited by celebrities; 477 S. Palm Canyon Drive, tel. (800) 877-4606 or (760) 322-2500, fax (760) 323-7878, Internet http://www.ps4rent.com. Where to eat: Three of the most stylish places in town are Muriel's Supper Club, specializing in appetizers and floor shows, 210 S. Palm Canyon Drive, tel. (760) 325-8839; St. James, serving eclectic world cuisine, 2265 S. Palm Canyon Drive, tel. (760) 320-8041; and LG's Prime Steakhouse, for serious carnivores, 255 S. Palm Canyon Drive, tel. (760) 416-1779. (At all, reservations are wise.)

For more information: Palm Springs Tourism, 333 N. Palm Canyon Drive, #114, Palm Springs, CA 92262, tel. (800) 347-7746 or (760) 778-8418, fax (760) 323-3021, Internet http://www.palm-springs.org. Or stop by the Visitor Information Center, 2781 N. Palm Canyon Drive.

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