Ballantines Hotel displays '50s Hollywood theme

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Ballantines Hotel, which captures the atmosphere of 1950s Hollywood, opened here recently.

The hotel's design includes "atomic age" furniture and 1950s inspired pastel colors in 14 rooms and suites, each individually decorated.

The Marilyn Monroe Suite, colored in a sultry pink, is named after the actress who once stayed there. Other themed rooms are named after Audrey Hepburn and James Dean.

Rooms contain period appliances, rotary dial telephones and 1950s classic movies.

"Everyone talks about the 1950s as the heyday of Palm Springs, but unless you go and see some private homes, there is no place to see the architectural style of that time," said Fraser Robertson, the hotel's owner.

Ballantines was the former Mira Loma Hotel, a getaway for Hollywood stars since the late 1930s.

The hotel offers sunbathing patios, concierge service, complimentary in-room breakfast, free local calls and laundry and valet service.

Room rates start at $129 during the week, $149 on weekends.

For more information, call (800) 780-3464 or access the Web site,

In other news from Palm Springs:

  • A grand opening is expected in late 2000 for the National Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
  • The 16,000-square-foot museum will feature exhibits, a ballroom, a studio designed for live radio broadcasts, a gift shop, seminars and live performances.

  • Hedy's Hideaway, the 1940s home of actress Hedy Lamarr, is open for group tours. The restored house, in Palm Springs' Movie Colony, features period pieces, antiques and movie memorabilia.
  • Contact Julie Rup at (760) 322-0243 for information.

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