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 loved our stay! The room was great-spacious and clean. The beds, pillows and linens were very comfortable. We had a great room with a wrap around balcony and amazing views. The terrace bar was a great area to relax and catch up with friends. The service was very good throughout the hotel. The valets were so sweet and helpful. Only suggestion is to improve the lighting in the bathroom.
Beautiful new hotel located in the heart of Palm Springs. Rooms are great and all the staff are a delight. Very nice compact gym with great views of the action below.
The stunning art museum is just out back (5 minute walk), a fantastic plush-ultra-modern Starbucks is out the front door and diagonally across the street sits Ben and Jerry's. If these are not enough to draw you to this fabulous hotel perhaps you should reevaluate life.
This hotel is very beautiful. Perfect location. Right in the middle of Palm Springs. The customer service is outstanding. Everyone very helpful and friendly. Pool bar service is great. I loved the pool area. Rooms are large. Hotel is spotless. Really can’t say enough good things about it.
We were in room 535. Highly recommend it for quiet area facing beautiful mountains. The hotel is in a great central location. Many shops and restaurants to walk to and a big Starbucks reserve right next door. There is a rooftop bar and pool with awesome views (see pictures). Parking is included in $35 resort fee and I like that you can text to pick up car.
The room was a nice size and very clean. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They sent up a mini fridge for my baby's bottles within minutes of our arrival to the room. We received a delicious fruit and cheese plate as well as a bottle of wine for a welcome amenity for our Inner Circle Kimpton status. The only suggestion I would have is to extend the shower door to fully enclose the shower. It is open to the bathroom which makes air cold when you are trying to shower and also the water gets all over the floor.
Overall, an excellent visit and we will definitely stay here again!
I was a Kimpton fan to begin with (just because they are a dog-friendly hotel and I love dogs) but this was the best hotel I have ever stayed at in Palm Springs - from the comfort of the room to the exceptional service of the staff, it can only be described as top-notch. Our service manager Megan Bordenkircher could not have been any more proactive and attentive, right down to the smallest detail. Chef Stephen Wambach is not only a brilliant chef but is also an unparalleled master of his craft (and that's coming from a serious food snob). But that's not all....every single employee we came into contact with - valets, front desk staff, housekeeping, etc., were all just super friendly and bent over backwards every time to make sure we were happy. May sound trivial but trust me...it makes a huge difference when every single interaction is a good one. When in PS, this is where I will stay from now on.