Thompson Coming To Palm Springs, Replacing Andaz

Thompson Coming To Palm Springs, Replacing Andaz

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A few months back I wrote about how it looked like a Thompson would be coming to Palm Springs, replacing the planned Andaz Palm Springs. Well, this has now been officially confirmed, and we have a timeline for when the hotel could open.

The abandoned Andaz Palm Springs

Back in 2015 it was announced that an Andaz would be coming to Palm Springs. At the time the plan was for the 150-room hotel to open in 2016. For those of you not familiar with Andaz, this is Hyatt’s luxury(ish) lifestyle hotel brand, with properties in popular destinations around the world.

The reality is that this property was already in the pipeline long before it was announced that it would be branded as a Hyatt, as the four acre property has been under development in some form for nearly a decade.

To this day the project still isn’t completed. The development seems to be cursed in just about every way — there have been endless allegations of breach of contract, lack of payment to contractors, etc. In mid-2020 it was announced that the hotel had landed in bankruptcy court, with the controlling entity selling its stake in the property.

Up until recently there were no real updates, and based on what I had heard, the project was more or less dead, at least as a Hyatt. Fortunately that has changed, as the project once again has some life.

Thompson Palm Springs now in the pipeline

A new company has now taken over this project, and there are plans to open the Thompson Palm Springs. This was first discovered a few months back, when the Hyatt Development webpage displayed the Thompson Palm Springs. When you clicked the “view website” button, it brought up the website of the Andaz Palm Springs.

That has now also been confirmed — the Andaz Palm Springs project has now been converted into the Thompson Palm Springs project, and the hotel is expected to open in December 2022. I imagine that’s a really optimistic timeline, so it’s likely going to be 2023 before this hotel opens.

There are still only renderings of the Andaz for now — Andaz and Thompson are largely comparable Hyatt brands in terms of the size of properties, level of luxury, and crowd they’re going after. The major difference will be the finishes, though that shouldn’t be much of an issue to change, since no work has been done on the interior yet. Furthermore, Thompson usually has more of a focus on dining and bar venues, so hopefully that’s reflected in this project.


Andaz Palm Springs lobby rendering (now the Thompson)


Andaz Palm Springs lobby lounge rendering (now the Thompson)

Andaz Palm Springs pool rendering (now the Thompson)


Andaz Palm Springs pool firepit (now the Thompson)


Andaz Palm Springs guest room (now the Thompson)


Andaz Palm Springs guest room (now the Thompson)

Another awesome California addition for Hyatt

A few general notes about this property specifically, and about Hyatt’s overall footprint in California.

First of all, I like Palm Springs a lot, though it’s not a place I visit often, simply because I live in Florida. There are a few reasons I’m excited about this property:

  • Personally I probably wouldn’t travel cross country to visit Palm Springs as a standalone trip, though what I love so much about California is the geographic diversity, so this would be great as part of a bigger trip to California; this will also be awesome for those in SoCal who are looking for a weekend getaway
  • Palm Springs is desperately lacking luxury points hotels; I still miss the Parker Palm Springs belonging to Starwood Preferred Guest; the hotel still exists, but it’s no longer affiliated with a major hotel points program
  • While I’m generally excited about this development, I wish this were a more secluded resort with a bit more land, rather than a four acre development right in the heart of the city

Parker Palm Springs room

On top of that, I can’t help but point out how beautifully Hyatt’s luxury portfolio in California is starting to develop:

  • There are now three Alila properties in California, including the Alila Ventana Big Sur, Alila Marea Beach Encinitas, and Alila Napa Valley
  • For Hyatt loyalists, you have luxury hotel options to enjoy the beaches in SoCal, the nature in Big Sur, and wine country in Napa Valley, plus this Palm Springs addition coming soon
  • Hyatt still has lots of room for improvement when it comes to luxury hotel options in cities in California, though, as Hyatt’s footprint is still largely lacking in Los Angeles and San Francisco; it’s improving slowly (like the addition of the Thompson Hollywood), but there’s still lots of potential

Alila Marea Beach Encinitas

Bottom line

The much delayed Andaz Palm Springs is now officially the Thompson Palm Springs, and the property is expected to open in December 2022. I love the Thompson brand, and am thrilled to see this hotel will be joining the Hyatt portfolio.

Here’s to hoping that this project doesn’t slip too far from the new planned December 2022 opening date.

Are you excited about the Thompson Palm Springs?

(Tip of the hat to Tom)

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  1. Eliyahu

    I feel like it would be difficult to have a "more secluded" property in Palm Springs proper, unless you went pretty far outside the city. And a lot of the appeal of PS in my view is how walkable the downtown is and how much there is to do in a small space

  2. Brian

    If they are indeed planning for a 2022 opening at the location of the abandoned property in the center of downtown… they’ve got their work cut out for them. The concrete floors and load bearing walls have been poured and that’s pretty much it. There are some failed properties in Vegas that are further along.

  3. Joseph N.

    This post is everything that's wrong with the new Hyatt. The overpaid suits at Hyatt do not bother to, or even know how to, differentiate between their brands. Thompson, Andaz? Who knows, who cares? They deal these brands out to the franchisees like a deck of playing cards.

    I do agree with the comment above from months ago. The Hyatt Palm Springs is badly, like decades, overdue for a total renovation, so this one has...

    This post is everything that's wrong with the new Hyatt. The overpaid suits at Hyatt do not bother to, or even know how to, differentiate between their brands. Thompson, Andaz? Who knows, who cares? They deal these brands out to the franchisees like a deck of playing cards.

    I do agree with the comment above from months ago. The Hyatt Palm Springs is badly, like decades, overdue for a total renovation, so this one has to be a step up, no matter which brand they label it with.

    1. Super

      The only Hyatt brands that overlap are Hyatt / Grand Hyatt and Thompson / Andaz. Not nearly as bad as Marriott and Hilton's over-saturation.

  4. Michael

    Drives me crazy how few Hyatt properties there are in LA. Would be happy if The Standard became affiliated with WOH

  5. eric

    looks nice.. Normally stay in the Ritz in palm springs. very nice hotel

  6. Super

    @TK spit out my coffee laughing at your comment. That was hilarious, thank you.

    Based upon these comments I'm now starting to wonder if Ben might be mistaken and the Thompson and Andaz will both concurrently be built? They do seem targeted at the same audience so it would be odd for them to exist right next to each other. But then again, maybe Hyatt's betting on the Andaz never working out, the current hotel...

    @TK spit out my coffee laughing at your comment. That was hilarious, thank you.

    Based upon these comments I'm now starting to wonder if Ben might be mistaken and the Thompson and Andaz will both concurrently be built? They do seem targeted at the same audience so it would be odd for them to exist right next to each other. But then again, maybe Hyatt's betting on the Andaz never working out, the current hotel owners going with a different brand eventually, and now Hyatt is putting a new horse in the race.

  7. Donato

    @ Diane
    As I understand these things, the developer pays or files for protection. Ultimately someone else might own and finish the property and reach a deal for management under a Hyatt or other label. Hyatt is involved in neither ownership nor construction.

  8. Scott

    A little confused by your comment about Hyatt's footprint lacking in San Francisco, as they have two of the largest hotels in the city (Hyatt Regency Embarcadero and Grand Hyatt Union Square). Plus the old Westin in SoMa is now affiliated with Hyatt as the Park Central -- another big, higher end hotel. And then there are a few old Joie de Vivre props in addition to a Hyatt Centric and Hyatt Place also in...

    A little confused by your comment about Hyatt's footprint lacking in San Francisco, as they have two of the largest hotels in the city (Hyatt Regency Embarcadero and Grand Hyatt Union Square). Plus the old Westin in SoMa is now affiliated with Hyatt as the Park Central -- another big, higher end hotel. And then there are a few old Joie de Vivre props in addition to a Hyatt Centric and Hyatt Place also in the downtown area. I feel like Hyatt is one of the better-represented chains in SF, actually.

    Also, that Andaz property in Palm Springs is hardly almost finished. It's a big hulking shell of concrete and metal beams and looks very much abandoned. Someone should at a minimum remove the signs saying "opening early 2019" or whatever it says, such an embarrassment to the Andaz brand.

    1. Eliyahu

      Agree with this. Always feel spoiled for Hyatt choice in SF. They also have a (mediocre) Centric property near Fisherman's Wharf.

  9. Tortuga

    @Teo, I'm not being snide when I say if that's how you feel about the Andaz brand, you will absolutely loathe Thompson.

  10. Tommy

    With Palm Springs being what it is, I’m surprised you don’t like it. Would think it would be up your alley.

  11. Julie

    Hi. The Hyatt Development website gives the location on Amado Road and Calle Alvarado, which is the site of the abandoned Dream Hotel project, and not the Andaz location on Alejo Road. This proposed Thompson is across from the PS Convention center.

  12. TK

    Christian, Rancho Mirage is not Palm Springs. They are two different cities. That’s why they have different names.

  13. Diane

    Who is the "developer" and who is going to pay the contractors for the work that has been done so far? If Hyatt is buying this building isn't it their responsibility to make sure the developer has settled it's debts? I work for one of the subcontractors on this building & it's a travesty that they have not been paid for work they did two years ago!

  14. Teo

    Never liked Andaz. It is millennial/green buffoonery in a fake luxury package.

  15. Skin Man

    The locator pin on the development website for the Thompson Palm Springs actually references another different hotel, namely that dream hotel at the corner of Calle Alvarado and Amado Road. The Andaz is at Alejo, Indian Canyon Drive and Palm Canyon Drive.

  16. James

    It’s worth noting that Hyatt is only the management company, not the developer, so the contract disputes and non payment to contractors is a result of the developer and owners negligence, rather than that of Hyatt’s. The hotel has a surprisingly minimal input into the actually development process.

  17. mike

    The map on Hyatt development site is not where the Andaz is at...

  18. Stvr

    Is Thompson fancier or less fancy

  19. Bobby

    There's actually two more Hyatt's coming up in SoCal (Oceanside) and as I surfer, I am really excited about paying them a visit. Their opening is stated for May/June on their website. One is a Destination hotel (The Seabird) and the other one a JDV property (Mission Pacific). Looks great overall and I look forward to paying them a visit soon.

  20. Mowogo

    As someone that loves Palm Springs and Hyatt this is great news, as the Hyatt Palm Springs is a well located but extremely dated hotel. While the HRC/Welk property is a decent location for visiting the area, especially as a queer traveler, nothing compares to downtown Palm Springs, especially not anything in Cathedral City.

  21. Christian

    Guess you don’t consider the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage a “points associated hotel that is more secluded.”

    1. UA-NYC

      EH, R-C barely participates in Bonvoy

    2. Super

      Like every time this topic is brought up, Rancho Mirage is not Palm Springs, it is Rancho Mirage. It even clues you into this fact by the name of the city being different.

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TK

Christian, Rancho Mirage is not Palm Springs. They are two different cities. That’s why they have different names.

Bobby

There's actually two more Hyatt's coming up in SoCal (Oceanside) and as I surfer, I am really excited about paying them a visit. Their opening is stated for May/June on their website. One is a Destination hotel (The Seabird) and the other one a JDV property (Mission Pacific). Looks great overall and I look forward to paying them a visit soon.

Eliyahu

I feel like it would be difficult to have a "more secluded" property in Palm Springs proper, unless you went pretty far outside the city. And a lot of the appeal of PS in my view is how walkable the downtown is and how much there is to do in a small space

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