A Place in the Sun Garden Hotel

P: 1-800-779-2254
754 E. San Lorenzo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Come to A Place in the Sun, where you will feel like a pampered movie star from days past. This vintage garden hotel, originally built as a retreat for the production crew of the film classic "A Place in the Sun", has been lovingly restored by the current owners. Sixteen single-story bungalows form an enclave around the saltwater pool & spa, set on over an acre of lush lawns and fragrant gardens. Full kitchens, private garden patios, free internet access, and continental breakfast. Pet-friendly, too!

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities
Architecture: Mid-Century Modern
Architecture: Historic
Breakfast Included
Extended Stay
Family Friendly
Fireplace
Hot Tub
Kitchen/Kitchenette
Microwave
Pet Friendly
Swimming Pool
Washer/Dryer
Weddings

Hotel Backstory

They found their place in the sun

Norma and Ron Van Meeteren didn't set out to own and operate a hotel, but in October 1999, the couple found themselves embarking on an exciting journey now nearing its 18th year.

At the time, Norma and Ron had been selling real estate and doing property management in Palm Springs for 16 years. They were told about a property that was going to be converted into a hospice but had fallen out of escrow. Most of the units were like apartments, with living rooms, bedrooms, full kitchens, and private walled garden patios, and since the Van Meeterens were experts in residential income properties and had clients looking for apartment buildings, they arranged a meeting with the seller.

"To make a long story short, ten days later we were the proud new owners," Norma said. "Here we are, almost 18 years later, going through what is now our third renovation. It's been quite the journey, but our exceptional staff and happy guests make it all worth it."

A mid-century boutique inn, A Place in the Sun Garden Hotel was built in 1951 as a retreat for the production crew of A Place in the Sun, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, and Montgomery Clift. The property has 18 units, with standard studios, one-bedroom bungalows with kitchens, living rooms, and private patios, and a 1,300-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow with a large kitchen, fireplace, and private jacuzzi. There is free fast internet, a heated saltwater pool and spa, artificial turf putting green, and a poolside gazebo with misters and heaters. For Norma, getting to know the people who stay at A Place in the Sun is the best part of owning such a unique property.

"So many come back again and again, year after year, and it's like welcoming back friends," she said. "Many have happy memories of coming to A Place in the Sun as a child, and now are grown and bringing children of their own. We get to meet so many interesting people, from all walks of life."