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
I stayed her for three nights. The room was dark and spartan, to say the least. No dresser. No closet. Chairs too uncomfortable to sit in. No TV, no telephone. If you like no-frills, this is for you. At $599 a night, it was a ripoff. Motel 6 looks luxurious by comparison.
Despite the torrential unprecedented rain storm when we arrived we snuggled into our room and were treated like a King and Queen especially by George.
He’s the Dude.
Wonderful heated lap pool and incredible food by the fire oh and did I mention George ????👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Great experience celebrating a friend’s birthday!
Group dinner on Saturday night family style.
Wonderful staff who worked hard to make sure every detail was taken care of.
Delicious meal (perfect medium rare ribeye, potatoes, salad and a great panna cotta).
A great opportunity to share a table with new friends from many backgrounds.
Beautiful property, very cozy!
Magical small hotel that feels more like Northern California than Palm Springs. Rustic, but cool and chic. Large pool in the center of the complex, massage room and fabulous restaurant. Top service and intimate. Why would you stay anywhere else?
What a beauty of a property. Rustic, modern, romantic. Fire pits and fire places, pool and hot tubs. And the Barn! All wonderful places to read, hang out or meet fellow travelers. The food is delicious. The staff, every one of them, are terrific. They are energetic and friendly, helpful and engaging. It was like one big happy family, staff and travelers. Yes, the rooms are dark but that makes them (and us) look so pretty. So point the lights to the ceiling for better illumination, your side table lamps into you suitcase to see better. I hope they will soon equip the rooms with a good, well lit magnifying mirror. The one they provide has no light and the other stand alone mirror has lights that are too dim - and no magnification. I sat on our back patio to put on make up. Not as easy for my husband and beard trimming :) And yes, there is little storage. Neither of these should be deal breakers, they weren't for us. The place is magical, the staff amazing, which makes it a most memorable experience - and is now one of our favorite hotels we have ever stayed in. We miss it already and hope to be back!