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
Sometimes you are fortunate to find a place where things just click. For us it was the Sparrows Lodge. It was our first visit to the Palm Springs area in many years and we had checked out many other properties online but were attracted by the 21+ requirement and the reviews that mentioned the friendliness of the team. We were not disappointed. The rooms were clean and spacious with high quality linens, pillows and towels. Our room also had a very nice and private outdoor area that made the room feel even larger. I think all the rooms have this outdoor area but you may want to confirm.
The morning continental breakfast was excellent and is served in a very cool (literally and figuratively) shed like structure that separates the rooms facing the pool from the rooms toward the back of the property that face the fire pits. We also had lunch served poolside which was fantastic. The property is located in a great location with shopping and eateries within a very short walk. There are bicycles with head lamps available for guests at no charge. We used them almost every night to ride to wherever we had selected for dinner. The pool as you would imagine is pretty active but we found other guests were friendly yet very respectful of those of us that just wanted to chill out. At night the entire property is beautifully lit with a combination of fire pits and properly dimmed light fixtures. The turn down service includes two fresh towels and a bottle of Topo Chico...nice touch. The bar does not serve alcohol but does offer beers and great wine based drinks that range from mojitos to margaritas.
However what really made us extend our stay was the quality of the people that work throughout the property. A special thank you to Samantha the manager who along with her entire team were a pleasure to be around and very attentive to all of the guests. My wife had celebrated a birthday a few days prior so I ordered a bottle of sparkling wine for our arrival. Not only was the bottle served but the bed had rose petals organized in the shape of a heart along with a birthday card. Again...great execution. One night we met the owners of the property and everything we had been experiencing made sense. They were warm helpful and their care for the property and most importantly their team/extended family was obvious.
I don’t write many reviews and am not big on social media but felt that this might be a small way to thank the entire team at Sparrows for a great experience. We will undoubtedly be back and have shared our experiences with many friends.
I found Sparrows Lodge on a list from Thrillist about the best hotels in Palm Springs.
The description sounded right up my alley, and we were extremely happy with our experience. We wish we could stay at places like Sparrows Lodge on every vacation. The rooms were exactly as advertised-- dark and cool, which provided great relief from the hot temps outside. We loved that they didn't have any electronics in the room so we could truly unplug and relax.
We originally booked a poolside room (cheapest rate) but got placed in a garden room, which was so nice and quiet, and only a few steps from the pool. There are so many thoughtful touches in this hotel, including a tasty breakfast with many options (not your average continental hotel breakfast), sage burning, s'mores by the fire pit, and a glass of sangria at check-in.
We were there in the off-season, and it was so hot that we really didn't want to get in the car to go anywhere. Luckily, hanging by the Sparrows pool was such a wonderful and relaxing experience that we were totally happy to spend the vast majority of our time in Palm Springs at the hotel. Usually, for us, a hotel is just a place to sleep, but we're so glad that we splurged a bit on Sparrows Lodge for a truly unforgettable experience! I will be recommending this hotel to anyone I know who's taking a trip to Palm Springs.
Nothing compares to Sparrows when seeking a retreat getaway. It's serene, beautiful, cozy, and truly one of the most peaceful places on earth. Everyone is friendly, and the bonus is that all other guests are also friendly. We all got to know one another, and made new friends, you just can't help it when there. There's no party atmosphere here, no drunks getting more drunk in the sun and pool. I love not having a television, it helps to totally shut everything and everyone off.
My favorite part of each day was sitting quietly in the meditation area, watching the bunnies and birds come and go.
Highly recommend getting a massage, it was a transformative experience.
I highly recommend to stay here ! So good to disconnect. The owners are very kind, we had the chance to meet their lovely labs. It really feels like a home, the staff is attentive. Such a nice atmosphere. We loved it and make sure you read one of their amazing books, it is the kind of place where you want to read for hours or even write a book.
My husband and I booked five rooms for ourselves and our adult children. We would have been 8 people in all. The credit card information was provided and cleared and we received written confirmation of all of the reservations by email. The hotel then phoned me to tell me that there was a problem, that they would not be able to honor our reservation because they would be unable to manage having our "large party" of 8 people (!) staying at the hotel because it would challenge their breakfast service given their "small kitchen". I explained that we travel often, that we are very accommodating and understanding and that given that they are a 20 room hotel I couldn't really understand the issue. Further, we have stayed in tented camps in Africa where the "kitchen" consisted essentially of a hibachi, and they had no trouble accommodating our "large group" of 8. The hotel then contacted the third party booking company with whom we had placed the reservation and bogusly stated that our credit card information could not be confirmed and therefore they were unilaterally cancelling all 5 of our rooms! Something is off with this hotel. Either they got a better offer for a higher priced booking or they are incompetent. A hotel that bills itself as a luxury hotel in Palm Springs that can't manage 8 people in the same party at breakfast????