The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs made its official desert debut with the flip of a (very large) switch by owner Andy Carpiac, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and Michael Shindler, Executive Vice President Hotels & Casinos at Hard Rock International. An invite-only pre-opening party on Oct. 3 gave attendees a sneak peek of the property before the official opening on Oct. 4.


Party guests got the opportunity to sample cuisine by the hotel’s Sessions restaurant and sip craft cocktails, and were also treated to a surprise performance by the recently reunited band The Bicycle Thief, a duo comprised of lead vocalist Bob Forrest, formerly of Thelonious Monster, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


We were excited to be amongst the attendees at the pre-opening party and are happy to report that the design and ambiance of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs are truly something special. We got the chance to chat with General Manager Hector Moreno, who stressed how important it was to the design team to stay true to the aesthetic of Palm Springs with touches like mid-century modern furniture and décor and the striking red ikat-patterned fabric that swathes almost every wall on the main floor of the hotel, while still incorporating elements that the Hard Rock is traditionally known for, such as rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.


When you first walk through the front doors of the hotel, you are greeted by the most amazing metal wall hanging made of linked cymbals.  It is truly spectacular in person, climbing all the way up the two-story-high walls.


The hotel is filled with unique photographs and art displayed amid amazing memorabilia from Lady Gaga, Elvis, Justin Timberlake and many more. We love the sculptural arch right in the middle of the lobby constructed from recycled speakers and other electronics.


The hotel’s signature restaurant, Sessions, offers farm-to-table cuisine that combines classic American cooking with a little Southern flair. The ambiance of the restaurant and bar are superb (how awesome is the lighted Beastie Boys art piece?!).


The hotel and restaurant are fully open for business and have been experiencing a great reception by out-of-towners and locals alike. Also particularly exciting are the new events and features being rolled out at the hotel, including the Palm Springs Fashion Weekend on October 25 – 27, a big Halloween bash on October 31 and a partnership with Goldenvoice, the powerhouse behind the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, all of which promise to cement Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs as a premier music and entertainment destination in the desert.


Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is located at 150 South Indian Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. For more information and room reservations, visit


A big thank you to Chris Arnold for the great photographs!

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