Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs
What We Love
- Schmoozing at the trademark Kimpton wine happy hour
- Cruising around Palm Springs on a complimentary bike (from San Francisco-based bike brand PUBLIC, no less)
- The hotel is superlatively pet friendly
What To Know
- There’s no spa, but you can book a treatment in your room
- There’s a daily resort fee of $35, which includes valet parking
- The pool can get crowded
Palm Springs’ downtown has been undergoing major redevelopment, and the Kimpton anchors the new look with considerable panache. The hotel goes back to Palm Springs’ mid-century heyday, getting creative with concrete and glass and making a huge effort to make the rooms as breezy and light-filled as possible. Each has a floor-to-ceiling window, most looking out onto the San Jacinto Mountains and the desert (and the view from the corner suites is truly spectacular). Still new on the scene, the hotel is already making a social splash, with its rooftop pool—how can this be the first in Palm Springs?!—filling up with guests and locals, sipping on the top-notch cocktails from the High Bar. Yes, we’ll have a frozen Aperol Spritz…or should we make it three? 4 Saints, the fine dining restaurant, is drawing crowds, too; reserve in advance for a dinner of exquisite Mediterranean-inspired small plates, made for sharing, and laden with seasonal produce.
In the Area
The Kimpton’s within walking distance of all sorts of restaurants and bars, plus the convention center – its location is hard to beat. The excellent Brickworks is a block away; stop in here for wood-fired pizzas with superior toppings like black pepper honey, crispy bacon and smoked gouda. Romantics will want to book a table at Pomme Frite, a Belgian bistro with fabulous mussels and lots of California wines by the glass. Outdoorsy types should reserve a day for a hike in Indian Canyons, home to rock art, waterfalls and stunning desert scenery. Indoors types will prefer the Palm Springs Art Museum, a gem of a museum that displays its strong ties to the area through a collection of relevant and stimulating work.
How to Get There
We are so glad we picked to stay here! The hotel is very modern and clean and nice and it’s located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The staffs are very friendly and most importantly... the hotel is pet friendly. And the best part is ... dogs stay free! Valet and WiFi is included in the resort fee.
The lobby is very pretty and there’s a bar on the left hand side and a living room area next to it. There’s also a fireplace in the living room area. We stayed at the king spa room and it’s spacious with a gorgeous view of the mountain. The bathroom is also big and there’s a big tub in it. There’s a mini bar in the room and also some snacks and water bottles for purchase.
The dogs are welcomed anywhere in the hotel except the top floor (the rooftop) where the fancy restaurant and the pool is located.
The restaurant 4 saints closes at 10pm but the bar closes at 11 pm. We tried the fried calamari at the bar and it was very yummy. The orange juice is very fresh and doesn’t taste like it’s from concentrate.
On the day we arrive hotel has social hour at the lobby from 5-6 pm and there’s wines and beers for you. And we were told there’s coffee served in the morning from 7-10am.
The Starbucks Reserve is literally next to the hotel and they have Villagefest down the street every Thursday night. You can shop, eat, and drink for 3 blocks long and you can also bring your dogs.
Overall it’s an amazing hotel with great location and food and highly recommended if you wanna come to Palm Springs for a visit ! Will definitely be back ~
11/10! I’m IHG Spire Elite and was treated like a king by the staff of this beautiful new property in the heart of Palm Springs. Ashley really came through, helping get the two night booking minimum waved for me AND upgrading me to an INSANE spa suite with wrap around balcony. Note to management: your two night minimum for weekend stays is pushing people to Priceline/Expedia/etc who are happy to sell single nights. Please don’t punish your elite loyalty guests with these rules. If I had to nitpick, I’d ask for nicer sheets. We stayed in the Intercontinental DTLA the night before on 3x nicer linen for half the $.
Very much enjoyed our 1 week stay. The downtown location is excellent. Great service, relatively new hotel with good amenities, very comfortable room and bed.
(1) Concierge was friendly but didn’t provide much information (no brochures for tourists). When he’s away the front desk can’t really help you on tourist questions. You’ll need to visit one of the tourist centres
(2) on Saturdays we couldn’t find chairs together at the pool since the hotel sells pool access to non hotel guests
Note that there can be many kids in the pool which is small and only 3.5’ deep. But the pool has a nice bar, some food, nice lounge chairs and great city and mountain views
Amazing property, the staff is always smiling and very helpful. Perfect location with the beautiful mountain so close and so real! Great location for walking up and down Palm Canyon, near all bars and restaurants and shops!
The hotel is nearly brand new and in a perfect location for walking where ever you want in downtown Palm Springs, including bars, restaurants and shopping. We had a problem during our stay, but it was addressed by Chris and Peggy and they not only made it right, but exceeded any expectations that I could have possibly had for a resolution. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Palm Springs.