What's with the name? Palm Springs Fan Club

People often ask why we named the event venue at ARRIVE Palm Springs the "Palm Springs Fan Club."  In 2013, Chris, Matt and some friends were up at Pappy & Harriet's for Purity Ring show. We met some Australian travelers up there, and they ended up hitching a ride with us back down to Palm Springs the next morning. 

Anyone who's taken that drive knows that as you come down Highway 62 out of the foothills into the Coachella Valley, you're suddenly presented with a view of hundreds and hundreds of gigantic, white windmills spread out across the valley. There's about 4000 of them and they provide enough power for most of the Coachella Valley.  Just as all these windmills came into view, our Australian friend asked us: "Are those to cool the desert down?"

It still makes us laugh every time we say it.  So we thought it would be fun to pay homage to that brilliant question by naming the event space the Palm Springs Fan Club. It's been "cooling the desert since 2017."


Wexler's Deli | Coming to ARRIVE Palm Springs

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June 5, 2018 (PALM SPRINGS)-- ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants announced today that Wexler’s Deli, the popular, modern Jewish deli which originated at Downtown LA’s Grand Central Market, will open its first location outside of greater Los Angeles at ARRIVE Palm Springs this fall. Wexler’s Deli will replace the restaurant now known as Reservoir and is expected to open in October. 

"We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the Wexler's team. Their passion for elevating and re-imagining what a deli can be is evident in the quality of their food. We also know that their voice and style will be a great fit for the locals and visitors to our property and Palm Springs as a whole,” said Matt Steinberg, Co-Founder & CEO of ARRIVE Hotels. 

Created by the duo of chef Micah Wexler and partner Michael Kassar, Wexler’s Deli aims to take the traditional deli back to its roots and provide a place of community, pride, familiarity, and quality. Born of a desire to serve classic Jewish deli food made by people who care, the menu features traditional deli favorites including corned beef, pastrami, lox, and sturgeon – all cured and smoked in-house using old-school methods – as well as house made condiments and freshly baked breads and bagels. At ARRIVE, Wexler’s Deli will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from menus created specifically for this hotel location. 

"We're incredibly excited to bring the Smoke Fish Every Day lifestyle to ARRIVE in Palm Springs. Wexler's at ARRIVE will have the same house-smoked meat and fish staples as our Los Angeles locations, plus a number of items that will be unique to Palm Springs," said Micah Wexler, Chef/Owner. 

Classic Wexler's Deli items will be featured at ARRIVE, including: 

• The Macarthur Park, featuring House-Smoked Pastrami, Russian Dressing, Coleslaw, and Swiss on Rye 

• Double-Smoked Pastrami Lox with Cream Cheese, Capers, and Red Onion on a toasted Bagel

New menu items unique to Palm Springs are also planned, such as: 

• The Pastrami Burger made with a Wexler's Special House-Blend Patty, Pastrami Bacon, Grilled Onion, Russian Dressing, and Swiss Cheese 

• Sasso's Pancakes with Blueberries, Creme Fraiche, and Maple Syrup

The development of Wexler’s Deli is a personal one. After 11 years of friendship, working together and separately, Mike and Micah officially became business partners in 2011 as they opened Mezze in Los Angeles. The contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant received 2½ stars from the LA Times and was named one of the Top 10 New Restaurants by Los Angeles Magazine. Micah was named one of the top 20 most influential chefs in the City by LA Magazine, and he was also a semi-finalist for James Beard Rising Star Chef in America. At Mezze, Mike and Micah started a cult following for their Sunday Deli Nights. Every Sunday, the Middle Eastern restaurant would serve house-smoked hand-sliced pastrami sandwiches and matzo ball soup as a nod to Micah’s favorite Jewish meals growing up. This homage-menu became wildly popular which got the guys thinking about expanding on the concept. 

In late 2013, the owners of the historic Grand Central Market in DTLA approached Mike and Micah regarding their plan to renovate the 100-year-old market. It became clear that what Grand Central Market needed was a great deli. Mike and Micah had a vision to take Jewish Deli food back to its roots, and to create a concise menu in a 350 square foot space, where everything is made in-house. Wexler’s sought out to be the only deli in LA that cures, smokes, and hand-slices all their meat and fish in-house, uses sustainable meat and fish, and local farmer’s market produce. In 2014, Mike and Micah opened Wexler’s Deli in DTLA. Jonathan Gold of the LA times named Wexler’s the best Lox in the City, and Besha Rodell of LA Weekly named their pastrami and lox the best in the City and maybe anywhere. 

After much success of the DTLA location, in 2016 Mike and Micah opened a slightly expanded menu in Santa Monica. In September 2017 they opened their third location at the renovated Westfield in Century City. 

ARRIVE East Austin: Frequently Asked Questions

What’s that you’re building there?
ARRIVE East Austin will be a new 83-room hotel with two full-service restaurants and bars, a coffee shop and a retail store. Like all ARRIVE hotels, the property will cater to the local community, with restaurants, bars and shops that aim to make our neighbors into regulars. 

What used to be there?
There was an ugly one-story stucco office building and a fenced off parking lot. We also incorporated a 100-year-old dilapidated warehouse next door, which houses one of our two restaurants. 

Are you trying to ruin East Austin?
No, we’re trying to become a part of it. We get that this neighborhood is changing insanely fast and there’s a lot of churn and unease related to that.  But we also think there’s a way this can happen that’s better than others, and we want to be part of that. That’s why we designed this property to be a part of the community rather than a tourist destination. Sure, visitors will be staying there, but we want them to experience the neighborhood for what it is, and we can only do that if our neighbors are there. So our bar and restaurants will be the types of places you can drop by anytime – or all the time.

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Maxims of the Innkeeper: #1

"It'll be fine. It'll all be fine."
(To be asserted loudly, confidently as the situation deteriorates.)  
- Noah Ellis, COO & optimist

Hotels Behaving Badly

Hotels do some uncool stuff. Stuff like:

** Thanks to co-founder David Isen for his incredulity.


ARRIVE Wilmington | Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to The Wilmingtonian?

ARRIVE Hotels and Restaurants has acquired the Wilmingtonian. We are going to reopen the hotel as ARRIVE Wilmington, which will part of the ARRIVE family of hotels that we launched in Palm Springs, CA, in 2016.  We’re also going to add a café and bar on the corner that will be geared towards the local community.

What are you doing to the place? 

Most of our work involves re-landscaping the property and building out the new café and bar. We're going to restore the property to its historic look, with the facades returned to their early 20th century designs. And we're going to make the property feel more open to the surrounding neighborhood, with a vibe that’s as welcoming to our neighbors as it is to our out-of-town guests. 

With the guest rooms, we'll be converting some of the apartment-style units to studios and upgrading all the rooms to have nicer finishes, furniture and bathrooms. There will still be several one-bedroom suites available if you enjoyed those in the past.

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This is nice.

Thanks to Lucy Mahon (@lucyjmahon) for this very nice drawing of ARRIVE Palm Springs. 


Bad Idea Hotel

One of our favorite pastime is thinking up bad ideas for hotels. So we made a cartoon about it. Here are some ideas we've batted around. To be fair, underwater speakers isn't a bad idea. And neither is shag carpet in the pool. Actually, these aren't bad ideas.