The Ocotillo Lodge, with 124 rooms and private bungalows, was a collaboration in 1956 between the Alexander Co. and the architectural firm of William Krisel and Dan Saxon Palmer. Designed by Palmer and Krisel, built by the Alexanders, and landscaped by Eckbo, make this gem in Southern California stand out as a mid-century masterpiece. The units featured classic mid-century architectural details; concrete block, beamed ceilings, clerestory windows, walls of glass.
Built in 1956 and finished in 1957, the Ocotillo Lodge history is rich. Set on seven acres of prime Twin Palms real estate, the property was originally designed to attract the celebrity clientele of Hollywood to this premiere luxury destination in Palm Springs. The central building at the Ocotillo Lodge originally housed the celebrated Candlewood Room, which was billed as “one of the most beautiful rooms in America.” The panoramic view to the San Jacinto Mountains and the iconic key-hole shaped swimming pool/patio area (some say the pool is shaped like a champagne cork) are still just as stunning as the day the property was opened.