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Stay where Sinatra played, pay with loyalty points, at Riviera Palm Springs

The Riviera Palm Springs opened in the late 1950s and was a hit with the midcentury crowd.

The Riviera Palm Springs opened in the late 1950s and was a hit with the midcentury crowd.

(Christina House / For The Times)

The Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa has a storied history as a Rat Pack hangout for Frank Sinatra and his pals in the 1960s, and a place where Elvis Presley and his band once crashed too.

In November the cool desert spot at 600 N. Indian Canyon Drive will sign on to the Tribute Portfolio, a collection of independent hotels launched in April by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

With the tagline “Stay Independent,” hotels selected for the collection are all upper tier and distinctive, according to a Starwood statement.

For travelers, this means members of Starwood’s free loyalty program, known as SPG, will be able to earn points or pay in points when they stay at the Riviera.

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The hotel, which opened in the late 1950s and sits on 21 acres in downtown Palm Springs, also plans a multimillion-dollar upgrade to be completed by November. It includes adding a new pool bar and a wedding pavilion at the site.

The Riviera is the first West Coast hotel to join the Starwood portfolio. Others include the Royal Palm South Beach Miami in Florida, the Great Northern Hotel in London and the Kiroro Hotel in Japan.

Info: Tribute Portfolio; Riviera Palm Springs, (866)-588-8311

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