(Originally uploaded in 2011, this video was viewed 28,870 times in its previous location) Virtually every card-carrying gay man knows that Palm Springs is the world capital for clothing-optional gay men's resorts. What you may not know, however, is that one can swim in the buff in the heart of West Hollywood, literally a stone's throw from Santa Monica Boulevard.
Where, you ask? At the San Vicente Inn, where their current slogan appropriately includes the word "rediscover" because in its fourth year under new ownership, the resort has changed dramatically for the better. The most important change, which in and of itself has transformed the clientele, is that the property no longer offers day (or night) passes to non-hotel guests, so it is no longer a magnet for the post-club scene looking to continue the party into the wee hours.
Those with historical knowledge of the property know that it had been expanded to the next city block, but under new ownership, the resort area has been returned to its original size, and the other part of the property is now an independently operated sober living facility. So, instead of being worried about bump into into a tweeker in the Jacuzzi, guests can now take heart in knowing the new owners have invested in the sobriety of the neighborhood.
The operating partner Michael Hahn explained that they're really going for a spa feeling on the property. In fact, the pool has been completely redone and has been converted to salt water, and all of the suites have been completely refurbished, with more room renovations underway. On deck for all rooms are new flat screen TV's, upgraded interiors, pay-per-view channels, and more.