Color Me Happy (CA chp.2)

“Some of us come on earth seeing-some of us come on earth seeing color.”

Louise Nevelson

The SaguaroA splash of color in life is all you need to change its rhythm. The vibrancy displayed at 1800 East Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA, is the Saguaro. The bright orange words that give a jolt to the corner, gave me a reason to stop and ask what this building was all about.

I walked through the doors and the cool, variegated colors of orange, yellow, green and purple in abstract panels draw you in. Behind the orange guest service desk, a mural of flowers engulfs your senses. In the foyer, a taste of the southwest, seen in the barrel, leather styled chairs and small tables compliments the high desert scene.

The warm smile that greeted me belonged to Sean Allen. He explained that the name of the hotel is from the cactus, like those in Arizona. “The various colors used, represent the fourteen desert flowers found in the area.” I noticed the same panel styling and color scheme while walking the grounds in the pool area. Wide cushion seating or modern, open metal chairs were available in various spaces. The sound of lapping water in the pool set my senses to rest.

Within the hotel, your taste buds have two choices, the first,Tinto. The theme is based on Northern Spain and Southern France. With a Spanish bar, formal, family style dining, this area requires reservations. El Jefe’s Tequilla Bar reminds me of a local cantina. The kindness of my waiter, Michael, encouraged me to try the Chilango Chop Salad with honey-lime vinaigrette and tropical ice tea. The meal was light, flavorful with a clean after taste. Both are a design of Iron Chefs Jose Garces. A dash of color, top dining and a connection to the earth, that’s what the Saguaro is all about.

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