On a gray May day in Los Angeles there was little else to do but cut to The Chase hotel in Palm Springs where we not only found the sun, but one of the area’s best kept secrets. Not to say the adorable, 26-room Bed & Breakfast doesn’t have a regular clientele. The place was hopping with Brits and other Angelenos seeking respite from the cloud cover.
And the price was right. A large room with a kitchen, desk and King size bed that includes parking and a full, continental breakfast cost only $129 a night (it goes down to $99 next month, becoming even more of a find for locals seeking to get out of the notorious June gloom–as the sun sticks stubbornly behind the clouds in Los Angeles.
In addition to a huge swimming pool, a warm, friendly, laid-back ambiance, a delicious morning spread of fresh fruit (the strawberries and grapefruit were just picked), juice, bagels, pastries, and coffee, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at night, The Chase boasts a prime locatioj just walking distance of all the shops, boutiques, restaurants and even better, Happy Hours that have taken over the Springs.
We spent two nights at The Chase. During the day we swam in the pool, hiked around the streets toward the startling mountains. We took advantage of the proximity to said Happy Hours by walking over to the Kaiser Grille, where we drank huge pours of $5 Chardonnays and ate half-priced dishes such as tuna tartare, wraps, beef quesadillas. Kaiser Grille sits snack on Palm Springs’ “strip” at 205 S. Palm Cyn. Drive, (www.restaurantsofpalmsprings.com)– where locals and visitors flock to enjoy the half-price food and $5 beverages which are offered from 4 PM to 6:30 daily.
Happy Hours abound in Palm Springs and evinced by the business, the obvious choice for tasting dinners in town. So on our second night, we headed over to The Falls (155 S Palm Canyon Dr., www.thefallsps.com)—another bustling spot just a quick walk away—and sampled the fare—and half-price food and drinks. While we opted for $5 Chardonnays (generous pours I might add), most of the other patrons were swigging Martinis and signature concoctions. We were heading over to another spot and weren’t going to eat here, but Richard was tempted by the Poke—which he savored.
Then we walked the few blocks to Wangs in the Desert —a fun and lively Chinese restaurant (at 424 S. Indian Canyon Drive, www.Wangsinthedesert.com) with a Western feel that was also jammed during the discount feeding and thirst quenching hours of 5 PM to 7:20 when wines by the glass cost $2 (yup two bucks), beer’s $3 and Martinis go for $4. The food is also 50% off. We did potstickers, spring rolls, fried shrimp and spareribs—all good.
Back The Chase—folks were splashing in the pool and playing shuffleboard or sitting by the pool with laptops running on the free WiFi hookup. The hotel is at 200 West Arenas Road and offers budget-friendly seasonal summer rates from $79 and up for a standard room to $129 and up for a one bedroom suite with kitchen, living room dining area and fireplace. All include continental breakfast and parking.
For more information go to www.chasehotepalmsprings.com or call 760-320-8866, toll free: 888-320-8867, tell them the LA Travel Diva Examiner sent you.
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