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Hacienda Del Sol: A Mid-Century Modern Oasis

Discover the Retro-Cool Charm of this Restored Motor Lodge

As a Borrego Springs local, I have always been intrigued by the charming exterior of Hacienda Del Sol. Recently, I noticed the bright “open” signs in the windows and couldn’t resist taking a peek inside. I was delighted to discover a beautifully restored mid-century modern lobby that transported me back in time!

Originally built in the late 1940s, with additions of the lobby and storefronts completed between 1956 and 1960. This Borrego Springs icon has recently been thoughtfully renovated to maintain its vintage appeal while providing modern amenities. Hacienda Del Sol boasts 20 units spread across 10 acres of mature desert landscape, conveniently located in the heart of town for easy access to all the fun.

(check their website and social accounts for updates on the ongoing renovations)

And there is more! 

Hollywood Sleeps Here 

Hacienda Del Sol has a rich history dating back to the 1950s when it was a chosen destination for Hollywood stars like Marlon Brando. Mr. Brando even stayed at the Hacienda Del Sol twice, once during the filming of “The Young Lions” war film in 1958 and again for a commercial shoot at Font’s Point in 2000.

Henny the Truck at Hacienda Del Sol

Henry The Truck Approved

To get a fun and nostalgic perspective on the new renovations at Hacienda Del Sol, we turned to our friends Denny Duvall and his trusty 1950s Ford panel truck, Henry. As Old Borego originals with hearts of 16-year-olds, they were the perfect duo to blend in and assess the situation.

After taking a look from the outside, Henry gave the new renovations a resounding thumbs up, proving that Hacienda Del Sol has managed to maintain its vintage charm while adding modern amenities that are sure to impress.

For entertaining tales of the early desert days and road trip shenanigans, be sure to check out Denny’s book.

Did Bob Dylan Stay Here Too?

Bob Dylan, known primarily as a singer/songwriter, was also an accomplished painter. His landscapes, inspired by the reality around him, are featured on a website. One of his paintings, titled “Motel in New Mexico” is speculated to be inspired by Borrego’s unique architecture, which Dylan clearly found worthy of showcasing. 

Motor Lodge Designed by a Local Legend

Hacienda Del Sol has a unique San Diego Mid-Century Modern design, created by architect Richard Zerbe, that has left a lasting impact on Borrego Springs’ architectural landscape. Zerbe’s designs were inspired by the desert’s unique nature and played a significant role in transforming the town into a modern oasis. Zerbe’s signature can be found on many development projects in Borrego Springs, including the Hacienda Del Sol Motel, de Anza Desert Country Club, Borrego Springs Shopping Center, and “El Patio” Retail Stores.

Fun for Everyone: Activities and Amenities at Hacienda Del Sol

Hacienda Del Sol is a charming destination that offers something for everyone.

Families and friend groups can enjoy swimming in the heated pool, roasting marshmallows around the communal fireplace, and exploring the unique décor of the vintage motor lodge.

Social media influencers, vloggers, bloggers and photographers will love the hotel’s vintage neon sign, mid-century modern décor, and stunning desert surroundings for a cool photo shoot.

For history enthusiasts, a visit to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a must, offering a glimpse into the area’s rich cultural and natural history. The park is home to a Visitor Center that showcases the region’s fascinating geology, ecology, and history.

Additionally, solo travelers, campers, off-roaders, hikers, and, birdwatchers and more can explore the vast and scenic terrain of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, ranging from rugged mountains to sprawling desert plains, filled with diverse wildlife and plant species.

Whether you’re interested in a challenging hike, a scenic bike ride, or a relaxing afternoon observing the local fauna and flora, these beautiful state parks and recreation areas have something for everyone.


Explore Borrego Springs

Hacienda Del Sol’s central location in Borrego Springs provides easy access to bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and cultural attractions. From charming shops and galleries to breathtaking natural wonders, Borrego Springs has something for everyone. With Hacienda Del Sol as your base, you’re just steps away from all the action.

Here are some things to do in town:

  1. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – This park is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts, with miles of hiking trails, stunning desert landscapes, and opportunities for stargazing.

  2. Galleta Meadows Estate Metal Sculptures – Explore the unique and quirky metal sculptures that are scattered throughout the desert landscape.

  3. Borrego Art Institute – This cultural center showcases the works of local artists and offers classes and workshops for all ages.

  4. California Overland Desert Excursions – Take a guided jeep tour through the desert to see hidden gems and breathtaking views.

  5. Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area – Off-road enthusiasts will love this vast playground of sand dunes, hills, and trails.

  6. Stargazing – Borrego Springs is famous for its dark skies, making it an ideal destination for stargazing. You can either head out to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park or visit the Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition for stargazing events and tips.

  7. Biking – Borrego Springs is a popular destination for biking enthusiasts, with plenty of trails to explore. You can rent a bike from one of the local bike shops or bring your own.

  8. Food & Music – Carlees’ often has live music on the weekends, the diverse menu offers a range of options to satisfy any craving, from classic American comfort foods like burgers and sandwiches to hearty pasta dishes and flavorful salads.
  9. Scorpion Watching (YEP)- With a black light, you can spot these nocturnal creatures glowing under the ultraviolet light.
  10. AND MORE!

Book Your Stay at Hacienda Del Sol Today

So why not step back in time and unwind in style at Hacienda Del Sol? Whether you’re interested in the motel’s Hollywood history, Mid-Century Modern architecture, or just looking for a relaxing desert getaway, it’s the perfect destination. With its vintage aesthetic and modern amenities, it’s the ultimate retro-cool escape.

610 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA, 92004, United States

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