Take a ’50s celebrity hangout that’s fallen on hard times. (That’d be the onetime Red Barn, between the Ace and the Saguaro
hotels on Palm Canyon Drive.) Add two of the best-credentialed hoteliers in town. (They’d be Douglas and Josie Smith, the
original team behind the Korakia Pensione.) Keep the low-slung redwood bones, the courtyard-with-pool setup, and the original
barn--it’ll make a rustic-chic salon and bar--but eighty-six just about everything else. (Which means reinvigorating the 20
guest rooms with horse-trough bathtubs and original cedar shingle ceilings, and creating a poolside waterfall backlit by fire
at night.) Mission accomplished.
Last Reviewed January 2014