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
- 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 enjoyed sparrow lodge so much we ended up extending our planned stay by 2 nights.
Good sized property that meant even when it was full, it wasn’t over crowded. Really allowed us to relax after some time in LA and Santa Monica.
Pool size is good, and was definitely needed in the desert heat to cool down. Later in the evening it did start to fill with flies though, so probably needs to be cleaned with the net more often would be my only negative comment. Plenty of beds around the pool, and fresh towels are topped up regularly.
Hot tub is a good size, and can imagine that would be of more use in the colder months.
Breakfast in the morning is included, and is suffice bearing in mind how close you are to downtown and other places to eat.
The rooms themselves are spacious and well layered out. You have a private patio out back, but it’s pretty much open plan with a divider between the shower / bath and the bed. Air con worked well, which was needed in the 44c heat. The showers are really noisy though because of the water flow. By that I don’t mean the one in your actual room, but the one next door which is against the same wall as the head of your bed.
The staff are really good at this place and friendly. Even offer to get the fire going at the back so you can make smores at night.
Overnight parking is included in the price, and I think it’s good value for what we paid.
Would definitely return and recommend it as a more mature and chilled out vibe vs others in the area.
This review is for The Long Table, In The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge. Had a large group there for dinner and it was lovely. The ambience is amazing and it is so beautifully set up. The service was perfect and dinner was just the way I like it, fresh, interesting but not too complicated and family style! Baby lettuce and feta salad, grapes, dried cherry, walnut, apple and apple vinaigrette, Marinated flank steak with roasted garlic puree and asparagus, and a dark chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and ice cream. Absolutely lovely! Thank you!
Just had nice weekend here.Great peaceful place w great breakfast spread and idyllic pool .location close to downtown restaurants and staff very helpful..Leave the kids at the bus stop and enjoy.Rooms include comfortable beds and an empty Smeg mini reefer.A/C is powerful and kept us comfy despite summer temps in the teens outside.
I booked my stay at the Sparrows Lodge after doing extensive research to try to find a place in Palm Springs that would be thoughtfully curated and “cool” but not a “scene” — I was seeking a quiet place to have a restful and restorative visit and the Sparrows exceeded my expectations. Having read several reviews I knew some things to expect prior to arriving — I’d seen others comment that the walls were thin, the rooms somewhat dark and the decor was minimal. Yes, the walls between the rooms are thin but that was never an issue for me — I brought earplugs just in case but didn’t have to use them and instead enjoyed the rustic feel of the entire property (walls included). Yes, the rooms are dark but unless I was planning a photoshoot in the far corners of the room it didn’t matter in the least and in fact felt calming to return to a dark room after spending time in the bright Palm Springs sun. They do provide small LED flashlights in case you need to check said dark corners, which is great because I actually dropped a pair of socks I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Yes, the decor is minimal in the sense that it is so thoughtfully curated and feels extremely intentional. I loved my room and the rest of the furnishings/art on the property — I wish I’d been able to spend more time enjoying how beautifully laid out everything was there because my room, the fire pit, the gardens, the front gate house are all such welcoming areas.
I was able to have an extremely mellow and relaxing stay — I can’t emphasize enough how lovely the property or the staff were in facilitating this. I do think that staying midweek probably helped in things feeling quieter, but honestly there were days when every chaise by the pool was full and the atmosphere never felt like a “party” and instead was more like several adults doing their own thing (couples, groups of friends, solo travelers) while balancing being friendly and respectful of other guests’ space and privacy.
Check in was slightly confusing (I’m sure this is mentioned in other reviews but I didn’t see it) in that you enter the front gate house and then walk back by the pool to the barn, which is the main hub for the hotel. There is a sign that says to come back to the barn but I didn’t see it at first and I did have a few other people ask me where to check in on subsequent days. Check in itself was easy — the feel is the opposite of a stuffy or cookie cutter business hotel. Parking out front was also easy.
There’s the option to eat the complimentary breakfast and to dine at the barn/pool, I appreciated the options available for both the continental breakfast and the lunch/dinner. The bar options are beer, wine or soju-based cocktails and were quite good. The food I had was great and the staff was receptive to hearing other requests for the continental breakfast. Fruit is available in great cubbies numbered by room and also at the bar/front desk. I had a few meals there and a few out in Palm Springs, it’s nice to have solid options at the hotel.
The staff was friendly, helpful and also gives people their space and privacy. I had great interactions with all the staff at all hours of the day, the entire time I was there. You can tell they go out of their way to facilitate a great atmosphere for the guests, from housekeeping to the groundskeeping staff to the folks working in the barn and combining concierge/front desk/bar duties.
Some thoughtful touches in my room included a small fridge, great seating options on a small patio (I booked a garden room), great bedding and a few nights while I was there the delivery of fresh towels, water and a small sweet. I have to say that the shower and bath trough were phenomenal — I loved the bath salts available and the great tray for the tub. My one request would be better positioning of the toiletry rack in the shower. I’m definitely not tall, but the height it was mounted at made reading for soap a significant stretch. The clothing storage options are a small foot locker, a rack for luggage and a bar to hang clothing on — all of which was more than sufficient for my visit. I was nervous at first about the lack of TV because sometimes it is great to go back to your room and zone out but in retrospect I am so glad there aren’t televisions there — it meant I read more at night to be honest!
The grounds are really beautiful - Adirondack chairs are available to sit in and there is a long table where they offer their seated dinners on weekends. The pool was where I spent a great deal of time and I wish I was back there right now. I think it was due for a small cleaning as all of the respective guests’ sunscreens made some of the tile around the edges a little greasy/streaky, but honestly that is such a small thing to note. The pool is gorgeous, period. It was great to get to rest by the pool, soak up the sun, swim and repeat. No pool floats or toys are allowed which is totally fine by me. The music playing on the speakers by the pool was awesome and so up me alley it felt like one of my playlists.
I hope the Sparrows Lodge is able to maintain its unique and lovely atmosphere — I loved my stay here and cannot wait to come back (hopefully so soon!). Thank you to the staff for your hospitality and for such a relaxing stay.
Very rustic property. You are staying in a converted horse stable with a trough for a tub.
Bare bones as far as amenities - minimum towels, minimum sheets, no slippers/robe/minibar or fridge.
No storage or closet - no drawers for clothes - there was a hanging bar above a footlocker with 4 hangers.
No coffee/tea maker in room.
Very dark in the room - even with extra floor lamp.
No help with baggage to/from room. Small parking lot, you drag your luggage in, go past the pool and ask at the bar to check in. Not very helpful or friendly.
Very minimal breakfast on offer - hard boiled egg, yogurt, granola, bread for you to toast, coffee - All self serve.
At this price one would think there would be a bit more effort/service.