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 the honor of checking out this great hotel. Interior speaks to the quality Kimpton is known for, and the location (DTPS) is a nice spot for this. Once you walk into the lobby you're submerged into the greatness and detail they are known for. It's most interesting to explore this modernism design in the heart of palm springs where style is everyday!
The pool wasn't that impressive. Anywhere you walk, sit, or stand you're surrounded by mountains and the beautiful sunshine. This pool sadly was very small and the limited amount of topside seating/lounging was disappointing. Bar prices are what you'd expect and had some great San Diego Stone Beer on hand. Mixed cocktails were overpriced and could be obtained down the street for less and with more precision.
All-in-all, visit the hotel. Experience the Kimpton brand, but don't expect the topside to be anything special.
The Rowan in Palm Springs was the highlight of our recent trip. The assistant manager, Chris, made our stay most pleasant, as well as the fabulous front desk staff and valet service. The location is perfect, the rooms are spotless, and the lobby area is funky and fun. We will most definitely be back!
Very nice hotel, lovely lobby, friendly staff, nice roof top pool though pool is small. Rooms can be noisy, not soundproofed.
Expensive, there are seven items added on to the room charge for each night’s stay - tourism assessment x4, occupancy tax x2, resort charge. These 7 extra charges came to $122 on top of the quoted room charge for each night!
The roof bar/lounge and pool are great. Heat lamps go on when the sun goes down. The rooms are good, and the balconies are worth it. Within walking distance of almost everything you might want in town.
Stayed four days this past weekend. Very nice location and definitely new, modern construction. Valet service was extremely fast and easy all weekend. We spent time at pool, High Bar and Window bar in lobby. Generally great waitstaff, Erica at High Bar was especially friendly and welcoming.
However, this is easily the most expensive hotel in Palm Springs and fell short in a few areas. We have stayed at Kimpton properties in the past that were awesome. The sixth floor should be avoided at all costs, you can here the people at the pool and restaurant on 7 all night long. The “scenic view” from their suites is a construction site which starts work at 7:00. The windows are so thin, you can hear all of it. The bathroom was so dark, only a few mood lights. And no coffee maker or tea in room. Beds were very hard and we woke up sore a couple of days.
Our last night several drunk people somehow got locked out of their room at 2:00 am. We were woken up by the racket outside our door, and were up for an hour listening to them. I asked them to be quiet, which they did not. I called to complain and the front desk said they were locked out they will try to be quieter. The front desk then called our room at 3:00 am to ask if they could use the door in our room to get into the other room. We were in a suite - with no adjoining door. Not sure how they did not know that, but do not appreciate being called at that hour by the staff while trying to fall back asleep. Staff handled this whole situation very poorly. Upon check out, they did not even comment on the situation. I had to tell him this would be our last stay, which earned me $35 off a $3K bill. Real Classy.
Had some good things but not a great overall experience for the money. Will definitely be our last stay at this Kimpton.