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Palm Springs Is Still A Mecca For "Old Hollywood" And New Hollywood
Melvyn's Restaurant at the Historic Ingleside Inn Continues Tradition of Celebrity Sightings

Greta Garbo slept there. Carol Lombard and Clark Gable honeymooned there. Frank Sinatra threw a lavish pre-wedding dinner the night before his wedding to Barbara Marx. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell flew in just to have a poolside lunch and a swim.

The Ingleside Inn's list of guests read like a "Who's Who" of Hollywood. Since the 1930's when film stars escaped the glare of Hollywood for a respite in Palm Springs, the tony desert community has been renowned for its allure and glamour. New Hollywood has continued that tradition -- Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt headed to Palm Springs after their media frenzy Malibu wedding. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have been happily ensconced at the Ingleside Inn on numerous occasions.

What is the mystique that draws celebrities and visitors from around the world to Palm Springs?

The palm tree-lined avenues, the sweeping views of Mt. San Jacinto and the Santa Rosa Mountains, the stunning desert landscape, all create a natural beauty that is both tranquil and rejuvenating.

While the town has morphed into a sophisticated tourist destination since Hollywood discovered it in the 1930s, the quaint charm of a "village" is still in tact. And nowhere is the best of these two worlds more in perfect balance than Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn.

After a major makeover this summer the Ingleside Inn is ready once again to receive guests and Hollywood notables in its grand style. The 1925 Palm Springs historic landmark underwent a $400,000 renovation including new furnishings, wall treatments, updating of bathrooms and many more additions. "It is basically a new look for the new season," said owner Melvyn Haber.

The Inn's restaurant Melvyn's was also part of the renovation project with updated design elements such as new wall paint in warm golden tones, designer carpet, plush dining room chairs and draperies that evoke nostalgic elegance. Another addition to the list of new developments: dining guests are now serenaded by a new strolling violinist. Giovanni performs classical and contemporary favorites as well as special requests.

Some things however have not changed at Melvyn's - nightly live entertainment and dancing are still on the menu in the Casablanca Lounge. Each evening from 8:30 p.m. -- 1:30 a.m. guests can enjoy an after-dinner cocktail in Melvyn's Restaurant and the legendary Ingleside Inn are the quintessential Palm Springs experience. The old-world elegance and charm of a boutique hotel combined with Melvyn's stellar service and cuisine offer guests the best of comfort with style; sophistication in a relaxed ambiance; and quality at great value.

Melvyn's at the historic Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs is open for lunch and dinner daily and serves Champagne brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are recommended, phone (760) 325-2323.

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