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
I ended up double booked for two rooms through a circumstance that was 100% my fault, both of which were non-refundable. I noticed the my mistake almost immediately and the wonderful woman who supervises guest services on-location fixed the issue without charging me - something they fully had a right to do. I really appreciated the help, and look forward to staying again sometime!
This was my first stay at the Rowan. It was a 3 night for fun visit with my niece and friend. We had an amazing time there and already can't wait for our next stay! From Jose at check in...thank you for such friendly service and the surprise free upgrade! ...to Celia whose infectious smile, positive attitude and genuine warmth made you feel like family...to Sara at the rooftop pool whose wonderfully prompt service and attention made the R&R experience superb...to Ashley at the front desk when we checked out; most FUN checkout experience EVER!! She has a wonderfully creative marketing mind and we cannot wait to call her for our next Rowan adventure! ps-my dog, Chloe was a big fan of the huge Rowan dog bed, water and food bowls which were waiting for her in our room:)
Road tripping around California with my daughters and this hotel stands out head and shoulders from the rest! Mainly because of the amazing staff, from the first smiley greeting by the valet to the reception and pool area, especially the chap who made sure our iced water glasses were never empty, faultless. Couldn’t be more helpful and friendly, everyone has a smile and nothing is to much trouble, completely refreshing. The hotel itself is funky, clean and luxurious. Little perks such as free happy hour are lovely (perhaps a few little snacks would be even better) I never really leave reviews but had to take the time for this one. Thankyou making our trip even more fabulous ????