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 cache 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 the region. 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 post-war development brought about a tourism boom, screenwriters, actors, actresses and industry stars descended upon the oasis of Palm Desert, as it met the "Two-Hour Rule" imposed by Hollywood studios — stipulating that actors and actresses under contract could venture no farther than two hours from set. Villa Royale joined the host of hotels frequented by these Hollywood celebrities, and was especially enjoyed by the likes of Mickey Rooney and prominent screenwriter Irving Shulman, the man credited with writing “Rebel Without a Cause.” Villa Royale’s spirited heritage carries on today in the bold colors and artistic design of the 38-villa hideaway that calls to today’s class of creative spirits.
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