Greetings from Palm Springs.
RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Trixie Mattel recently renovated a run-down Palm Springs motel and turned it into a pink paradise for her new show “Trixie Motel” on Discovery+. And it wasn’t just for TV – you can book your stay now.
Mattel and partner David Silver took online shopping to a whole new level after spotting the place – formerly known as Coral Sands – online.
“You know when you buy something on the internet and by the time it arrives, it’s not quite what you expected? That’s when,” Mattel says in the first episode.
The Coral Sands was built in the 1950s, just off Palm Canyon Drive. After seeing the motel in person for the first time, Mattel described it “as the saddest episode of [MTV] Cradles.”
On “Trixie Motel,” Mattel, Silver, and a host of celebrity guests, including Lisa Vanderpump, the Old Gays, and Nicole Byer, strive to put the dilapidated mid-century motel “in drag” in just four months.
Mattel and Silver invested an additional $500,000 in renovations to create seven custom themed rooms, including three suites, three Queen rooms, and a Honeymoon Suite.
Fashion and interior designer Dani Dazey designed the seven rooms and seven themes, and helped Mattel find the “perfect pink” for the Trixie Motel exterior. From the Pink Flamingo Room to the Yeehaw Cowgirl Room, Dazey described it as “my absolute dream project” on Instagram.
And the exterior is equally impressive. “Trixie’s Cactus Garden” features a desert landscape featuring cacti and rocks painted pink. Surrounded by lush palm trees, pink doors with gold trim and pink checkerboard flooring welcome guests. Once inside, motel guests can relax in the retro kidney-shaped pool or have a drink at the bar.
You can now book your stay online. Rates range from $550 to $750 per night (excluding taxes and fees).
New episodes of “Trixie Motel” air Fridays on Discovery+.