What We Love
- Low-key alternative to Palm Springs’ scenester hotels
- Pared-down, chic design
- Walking distance to restaurants, cafés and nightspots
- Pool, courtyard and barn (yes, barn) to chill out; or take a spin on the hotel's bikes
What To Know
- About 10 minutes’ drive from Palm Springs International Airport
- Adults only; children 20 and under are not permitted
- No phones or TVs in rooms
- The resort fee includes parking, breakfast, and WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Midcentury modern design is nearly as ubiquitous in Palm Springs as, well, palms. That’s why this meticulously restored 1950s hacienda hideaway feels like a breath of fresh air. In lieu of garish facades and flashy signage, you’re greeted with a simple white sign with two graphic birds, a subtle nod to a modern rustic vibe that carries through to a communal barn and outdoor firepit. The 20 rooms are decked out like hipster cabins, with exposed beam ceilings, russet red walls, burnished concrete floors with inlaid pebbles and butterfly chairs with worn leather covers. Gray Swiss army blankets top cushy-comfy mattresses, and instead of closets you’ll find a metal footlocker. Some open-plan bathrooms include old horse troughs as bathtubs, while the absence of phones and TVs keeps distractions to a minimum. The hotel’s barn serves as a mess hall, with simple breakfasts on camp-style tin plates in the morning, lounging to an indie rock soundtrack in the afternoon, and happy hours of shandys and microbrews in the evening. But you’ll find most guests whiling away the days poolside where umbrellas and overhead misters keep things cool. Explore the area on one of the hotel’s bikes or play a few rounds of tennis. Then when the sun sets, gather around the firepit with a glass of red.
In the Area
The Sparrows sits on the main drag in the up-and-coming hipster neighborhood of South Palm Springs. It’s walking distance to the city’s fave café, Koffi, the sleek new Appetito Italian deli and supper club scene at the Purple Room. Too warm by the pool? It’s usually about 30 degrees cooler atop of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where hiking (or snowshoeing!) trails beckon. Other outdoor adventures await at Joshua Tree National Park or, closer-in, at Tahquitz Canyon and Indian Canyons. Shoppers, check out design and resort-wear shops on North Palm Canyon Drive in downtown and uptown Palm Springs, a couple miles away.
How to Get There
We were only in Palm Springs for an afternoon and a night, and we had saved on other trip expenses to treat ourselves to a fortifying respite at Sparrows Lodge. It was worth it. Jackie and Hiro were especially welcoming, getting us situated, offering us sangria while we waited for our room. The room itself was beautiful, low key luxurious, perfectly appointed. Opening the gate to our private patio, we were welcomed by the amazing scent of grapefruit blossoms from the ample tree. Paradise-like. We borrowed bikes and tooled around town a bit but were honestly eager to get back to the hotel to hang out. Were supplied with s'mores makings to sit around the fire late at night and made quick friends. Enjoyed the excellent and ample Barn breakfast in the morning before luxuriating by the pool until checkout. Felt very welcome our needs were met in every way. My partner said "I feel like an angel." We both did!
My husband and I spent five days at Sparrows Lodge in early April for our baby moon. It's the perfect place for relaxation! Quiet, peaceful, and beautiful with great food, comfortable beds, and the service is on point. Sam was so kind and consistently checked up on us. We loved the breakfast in the barn each morning. The healthy options fit right in with our normal eating patterns and the coffee was fresh. Snacks by the pool in the afternoon were a special treat. We'll definitely be back!
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the Lodge a couple weeks ago, and I'm still basking in the glow of our wonderful stay. Our stay was tranquil and peaceful, thanks in large part to the "no kids" policy. I love kids--I even have one!--, but time away from the racket and noise was so therapeutic. The quiet pool was divine.
The room was great (a poolside room), the private back patio was lovely, the breakfasts were delicious, and the French press was a welcomed treat.
The staff was attentive in the perfect way--alert to guests' needs, but not cloying and falling all over themselves to try and entertain us.
We had a wonderful stay.
One of my top five hotels. The Sparrows lodge is all the things you would want in a Palm Springs getaway if you are looking for a relaxed, laid-back, chill vacation. Super friendly staff, comfortable, nicely appointed rooms, heated pool, great music, outdoor fire pit, and really great food. Oh, there are daily sage smudgings as well.
as regulars in Palm Springs , this little peaceful property makes you feel like a movie star on a holiday away from the stress of any big city - we always get spoiled by the whole staff - this really always feels like our home and we always end up extending a day or two ! Myself and my partner are very picky and have stayed all over Palm Springs - Sparrow is always our #1 choice - oh and the morning bfast is so cute and hits the spot before you lay down by the pool under the misters !