Built in 1947, Villa Royale emerged in Palm Springs during a period of Post-World War II development in the Coachella Valley. Adding a small pool of guestrooms to the south end of Palm Springs alongside the Deep Well Guest Ranch and Smoke Tree Ranch, Villa Royale was heralded as one of the earliest small hotels in south Palm Springs. Owned and managed by a woman by the name of Evelyn Pell, family lore has it that the California ranch-style hotel took its name from the first initials of Evelyn’s children – Valorie and Richard. As tourism boomed following post-war development, Villa Royale joined the host of hotels frequented by Hollywood celebrities as screenwriters, actors, actresses and industry stars descended upon the Palm Desert oasis that met the “Two-Hour Rule” imposed by Hollywood studios – one that stipulated actors and actresses under contract could venture no further than two-hours from set. Frequented by Hollywood stars the likes of Mickey Rooney and prominent screenwriter Irving Shulman, the man credited with writing “Rebel Without a Cause”, Villa Royale’s colorful heritage is carried on today under the bright, bold design of a 38-villa hideaway that calls to today’s class of creative spirits.
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