Our California adventures have led us all over that great state, but this week was our first experience ever in sunny Palm Springs. We stayed at Century, a tiny men-only resort in the Warm Sands area, the gayest part of this already super-gay town. With just nine rooms and one of the friendliest resort staffs we’ve ever met, we hardly wanted to leave the property to explore what was beyond the gated courtyard
Thankfully we did venture out, and you can read all about that next week in our full roundup of this quaint desert oasis.
Palm Springs is known for its mid-century modern architecture, and Century is a prime example. All the rooms face a central common area with a beautiful pool (heated in winter), a large Jacuzzi and plenty of places to just sit and chill. They’ve infused a sense of modernity with furnishings and accents from Philippe Starck, Charles and Ray Eames, as well as Isamu Noguchi, without sacrificing the core aesthetic.
In addition to an expansive complimentary continental breakfast, they offer up a free cocktail hour in the early evening, which is a great way to unwind and meet the other guests. Plus, it’s always good to know the name of the naked guy who reads the paper by the pool every morning. Yes, Century is clothing optional, but not seedy in the slightest. And we have one heck of a comparison for you to read about next week. (Oh, the suspense continues!)
The beds are comfortable, the rooms are spacious, and the bath products are wonderful – all key to a great stay as far as we’re concerned. Bikes are available for use, as are free passes to a large gym in town if you want to stay active. But in the end, it’s the staff and comfortable luxury that make Century the gay place to stay on your Palm Springs vacation.
Because if you’re going to risk sunburn on your naked butt, it might as well be in style.
598 Grenfall Road
Palm Springs, CA 92264