Live like Sinatra in Palm Springs
Colony Palms Hotel
This Spanish colonial style hotel was built by mobster boss Al Wertheimer in 1936. Thus there were many vices on the menu such as an illegal gambling hall in the basement and a brothel that you could get to through a back door. The hotel soon became a haven for Hollywood stars who would enjoy their cocktails by the pool at the Palm Purple Restaurant. Among the many celebrity guests was Frank Sinatra, who often brought his friends along for drinks. Recently the hotel, which is located in the Movie Colony, went through a make-over by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. However, it still oozes with Hollywood glamour.
Riviera Palm Springs
The Riviera Palm Springs opened in 1959 and quickly became a favorite showbiz set in the 1960s and 1970s. It was the popular hangout of the Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin and they would sometime perform spontaneously at the Grand Ballroom to entertain their friends. Today, hipsters from LA sip cocktails at the poolside Bikini Bar, where you can order an Ol’ Blue Eyes – a Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey – a tribute to Frank Sinatra. The walls of the hotel are lined with portraits of Golden Age stars.
Twin Palms Estate
Midcentury Modern master architect E. Stewart Williams built this house for Frank Sinatra, then 31, and his first wife Nancy Barbato in 1947. Nicknamed “Twin Palms” thanks to the two large palm trees flanking the home’s piano-shaped swimming pool, the residence features four bedrooms, including a master one and one for each of his children Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina.
In the living room is the original Valentino sound and recording equipment on which Frank Sinatra used to record his songs. In the late afternoon, he hoisted a Jack Daniels flag between the twin palms to alert his neighbors – for example Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Cary Grant – that cocktails were being served.
Published: December 11, 2015