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
Had a great meal at the Four Saints rooftop restaurant and bar at the Kempton Rowan Hotel in Palm Springs. Had the pork chop w veggies. Delish but LOTS of food. Two people could easily share that. Very nice servers and a great view of downtown Palm Springs.
Nice cocktails too!
We stayed here for a bachelorette party. Maybe the BEST part of our stay was being "busted" with having a naked man poster posted on our hotel window for a game of pin the....on the man. As a bunch of 35 - 40 yr old women, this made our day. The hotel staff was SUPER NICE when coming to let us know the windows were not as tinted as we thought they were.
Otherwise our stay was great - the pool was fun, albeit a bit small, but the drinks were strong and the food was delicious. (they could have put in a hot tub, I think that would have been a nice addition to the roof top and I was shocked they hadn't installed one) The rooms were FANTASTIC and the bed was super cozy. We loved the daily cocktail hour and took full advantage. We also got coffee in the lobby every morning with snacks from starbucks next door - very atmospheric and convenient and a great meeting space for our large group.
Our room was huge with a lot of space to spread out. Could maybe use a closet.
If I had any complaint at all, is the new trend at Kimptons to use the barn door on the bathrooms. (also came across this at the Kimtpon in Sacramento) As someone who travels often with friends, I find this is not enough privacy for the commode.
Not a fan of the Kimpton's pet friendly policy (GROSS!) but many many many people seem to disagree as there are always many pets throughout the hotel.
I've stayed at Kimpton's in the past and have really enjoyed myself as they have amenities such as the mini-bar freebies you get with your stay. They recently merged with IHG and I thought I would use their free night stay at this property. I had already been in Palm Springs for 4 days and needed one more night before my flight back. The hotel I was at before had NO resort fee. This one did have them but hidden from the booking. I couldn't find a resort fee anywhere in the booking when I made this reservation. I looked but also figured since it was a free night stay no fees would be added regardless. I was wrong I was charged $40 in fees for this free night. I assume it pays for the pool which I didn't use but got free pool parties with my other stay and no fees. Maybe resort fees pay for the phone usage because people use those in 2018. Quit insulting people and add it in clear site before we make the reservations.
This hotel also has a elevator room key requirement AND a lock at the front door to get inside if you happen to stroll outside after 10pm or so. That's two locks you have to go through to get into your room. Where is this Detroit?
I recommend other hotels without all the entrance hassles and no resort fees.
The newest hotel in Palm Springs is simply amazing. The location, the design, the furnishings, the room size and decor, the rooftop pool and fire pit and bar, the landscaping is all TRIPLE FIRST CLASS! Add to that, I found the management team to be responsive and totally service orientated, thanks Abe and Nick! My recommendation is, if you want to make your Palm Springs visit special and memorable, this new hotel is one to stay at!!!
We had a nice 2 days stay in this exceptional good hotel. Clean and perfect room, nice staff working in the hotel. Very very good hotel, one of the best I ever did. And an excellent pool and bar. 10/10.