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
On this trip to Palm Springs we stayed at The Rowan. You can’t beat the location if you’re looking for something downtown.
The staff, like at every Kimpton I’ve stayed at, was amazing. Very friendly and helpful.
The rooms are nice and well appointed.
The bars have a nice cocktail program with some nice drinks on their menus.
If you don’t like The Rowan, well...I’m sure there are other places for you.
From the moment we rolled up in the car our visit was superb. Check in a breeze. Had to wait an hour for the room but wow i would have waited hours for this room. We had a corner suite and we couldnt believe our eyes. Small hallway into a large living room. Large bathroom with 2 showers and double sinks. And the bedroom unbelievable. Ceiling to floor windows with film scenery. The pool and seevice was also fantastic. No hotel will ever be the same again. Thanks kimpton for a memorable 3 days.
From check in to check out, our four days at the Rowan were among the best hotel experiences that we've had.
We asked for early check in and it was no problem. We brought our 2 dogs and they had food and water bowls as well as a bed ready for them.
The room felt new, showing no wear. The TV had a good picture and an adequate number of channels. The room had adjustable white noise, a first for me and a great feature. There was WiFi but not very impressive speeds.
The staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed at the pool for several hours on 2 days and the staff there was great.
Minor complaint is no in room coffee. It is available, for free, at 7:00am in the lobby restaurant and Starbucks is a 1 minute walk.