SAN FRANCISCO—The Ingleside Inn and Melvyn’s Restaurant are embarking on a phased, comprehensive revitalization to usher the Palm Springs establishment into the present day, while preserving its historic integrity.
The first Southern California property in San Francisco-based PlumpJack Group’s portfolio is projected to debut its elevated look in late October. The inn’s 30 rooms, suites and villas will go through a transformation to reposition the property as an upscale retreat, with luxury and modern amenities. Melvyn’s Restaurant will pay homage to its longtime owner, the late Melvyn Haber.
“Ingleside Inn & Melvyn’s Restaurant has long been an evocative symbol of Hollywood’s Golden Era and an integral part of the Palm Springs community, thanks in large part to former owner Melvyn Haber who truly put his heart and soul into the property,” said Hilary Newsom, president and partner, PlumpJack Group. “We are dedicated to carrying on Mel’s legacy, distinguishing the Inn as much by its design as its illustrious history, and bringing back that feeling of an authentic desert retreat.”
Leading the redesign of the Palm Springs Historic Landmark are Kimberley Nunn and Dan Worden, founders of the Napa, CA-based interior design firm, Shopworks. The duo plans to honor the inn’s roots and Spanish Colonial Revival style by combining the old with the new, restoring many of the property’s original finishes layered with contemporary takes of historic touchpoints.
“We conducted meticulous, archival research as part of our design effort to re-establish a sense of sanctuary at Ingleside Inn,” said Nunn. “This is one of Palm Springs’ first resort-style escapes, and we wanted to celebrate all that’s glamorous of Hollywood’s Golden Age and the famous and infamous stories of the Inn and Melvyn’s past.”
Melvyn’s Restaurant is receiving a light treatment to its aesthetic and menu. Design plans include restoring the restaurant’s bar and bathroom tile to their original look, reupholstering furniture, and the addition of striped awnings and an updated patio.
Within the re-imagined Inn, smooth adobe walls will be newly washed in white, contrasted with dark-wood trim, and accented with a soft color palette of gold, shell pink, muted teal and apricot. Saltillo tile, reminiscent of flooring found in a 1920s Spanish-style home, cover the ground beneath while restored photographs from notable moments in the property’s history adorn the walls throughout. Highlights of the guestrooms include headboards custom-made in Mexico, bespoke furnishings, period-appropriate lighting, Spanish-style rugs and mint-tiled bathrooms, and rattan furniture in rooms with private outdoor spaces. In addition, the pool area is comprised of a palm-dotted landscape set against a backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains.