Palm Springs, California Riviera Hotel: Transformative desert majesty

Tracy Conrad, Special to The Desert Sun
Published 7:51 a.m. ET Oct. 6, 2020

The Riviera Hotel advertises the appearance of Harold Stern and his $100,000 Stradivarius violin. (Photo: Palm Springs Historical Society)

“Palm Springs goes Continental tonight with the opening of (the) Riviera Hotel’s palatial Riviera Dining Room. General Manger Ted Ratcliff announced that the premiere of Palm Springs’ most elegant dining and dancing spot will be musically saluted

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Palace in the Desert

Claim:   Photographs show palatial home of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


Status:   Real photos; inaccurate description.

Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, 2005]

Amazing what $2.55 a gallon gas can buy, isn’t it?

In case you’re wondering where this hotel is, it isn’t a hotel at all. It’s a house!

It’s owned by the family of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former president of the United Arab Emirates and

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Desert Adventures scales tourism business via cloud, web

The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the travel business, but that hasn’t stopped Desert Adventures Tourism from expanding thanks to a move to the cloud, the adoption of travel management software, and new partnerships with online travel agencies (OTAs) that include dynamic links to booking apps. 

Though tourism has taken a hit this year, the overall historic trend has been toward increasing international travel. Given the sheer scale of the

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Palm Desert OKs moratorium on new short-term vacation rental permits

The Palm Desert City Council approved an urgency ordinance 4-0 Thursday night, establishing a 45-day moratorium on new short-term vacation rental permits within all planned residential zoning districts. 



a sign on the side of a road: Palm Desert is the third most populous city in the Coachella Valley.


© Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun
Palm Desert is the third most populous city in the Coachella Valley.

The temporary moratorium was suggested by council members at an Aug. 27 meeting, after receiving complaints from about 20 residents of Hovley Lane West — 

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Scottish adventure travel business run by Newton Mearns entrepreneur, which supported celebrity desert trek, expands its horizons

A SCOTTISH adventurer who supported celebrities on a desert trek in Namibia for the BBC’s Sport Relief charity fundraiser is expanding his Sandbaggers international expeditions business into new locations, having taken on staff.

David Scott from Newton Mearns, who has staged multiple events across the Namib and Gobi deserts as well as jungle and extreme weather treks and an ice-marathon race, is offering adventure trips in other locations such as

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