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 stayed at the Soartow’s Lodge for my wife’s birthday and were extremely glad that we did Eveything was truly perfect, from the electric car charger in the parking lot, to the delicious drinks offered on arrival, yummy apetisers by the pool, delicious dinner at the long table Saturday night (with birthday surprise) and ‘Smores’ around the fire ag night. Thus was a memorable stay and well worth the price!
I love the vibe at Sparrows. Stayed with some friends for a couple of days and we enjoyed ourselves.
What I love ...
It's quaint and comfortable. The breakfast is wonderful - yogurt and fruit parfaits, granola, hardboiled eggs, coffee, toast, cereal, coffee and juices. We missed out on the Wednesday supper dinner but we saw the setup and it was beautiful. Love the community barn where the bar, check-in and breakfast takes place. Excellent service, all of the staff was friendly and accommodating. The rooms are unique with concrete and rock flooring, open showers, back patios. The restaurant serves lunch until 6 pm. Had a delicious chicken salad and some other snacks. Not a big menu but it suffices. We took the bikes into town (6-7 minute ride) and they were great!
What I didn't love ...
The rooms are so dark. We came to Palm Springs specifically for a hike and I felt disoriented in general with the lack of lighting. Especially at 3 am when I was getting my backpack in order. The walls are thin. The lodge is courtyard style so you can definitely hear voices out front. For mid-week, things were quiet fairly early, but one of my friends was situated next door to someone who had left their dog for the evening and he was crying for most of the night. The cocktails are all wine-based. Some rooms have mini fridges and bathtubs. No children allowed but they do permit dogs under 35 pounds.
Overall, this is a great place to stay!!!!
The do 2 family style dinners here during the week, chicken on Wednesday and steak on Fridays. We've been here twice for steak night and both times it was a super fun experience and the food was very good. The menu is prix fix and there are 4 courses. The meal is served at a very long table, it feels a bit like a dinner party or wedding. They serve groups of 4 large dishes of food to share from as well as wine pairings. This is not an intimate dinner and may not be for everyone, you definitely interact with the folks sitting around you. We've met some very interesting fun people during our meals here. The reservations fill up weeks and sometimes months in advance especially during high season, so it's must to plan ahead. They save a certain number of seats for hotel guests. They also do a lunch here which we haven't tried yet, but I've heard its also very good.
This is a really memorable unique motel, with large rooms, friendly staff, and a nice swimming pool. But there are aspects of the place that prevent it from deserving a 5-star rating: (1) The floors are made of 3 foot square concrete slabs. These slabs are separated by 1 inch gaps which are filled in with 3/4 inch smooth stones rather than simply grout. The result is that when one walks across the floor barefoot or in socks, the stones are somewhat uncomfortable, even when walking on a throw rug. (2) The floor of the shower is made completely of small smooth stones. (3) The rooms are dark, with about 8 different light switches, none of which provides a customary level of illumination. (4) There are no TV sets. (5) The blanket is a little too small for the bed.
I booked through Expedia at this hotel and just 2 weeks before my arrival, THEY cancelled on me. I now have to find another hotel to stay at. This is HORRIBLE guest service. When I tried to speak to them, they kept interrupting me and when I got upset, they disregarded anything I had to say! I have stayed at 5 star resorts from Thailand to Caribbean and have never had a hotel do this to me ever! Complete disappointment!