Palm Springs is renowned for its superb hotel properties, and with a handful of recently-opened properties, two new hotels opening this fall, plus others set to open in early 2014 and 2015, the options are expanding even further for folks looking to try something new.


The Sparrows Hotel is a 20-room, rustic luxury getaway being opened by Doug and Josie Smith, the designers and former owners of Korakia Pensione. Set to open on October 1, 2013, the 1950s property previously known as El Rancho Lodge, located in South Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive near the Ace Hotel and The Saguaro, has been completely overhauled and restored. Each room is adorned with its own outdoor fireplace, redwood walls and hand-built furniture, and the property’s original barn will be the focal point for communal dining and entertainment. Reservations are being accepted now, and with the buzz that is already circulating, you’ll want to make sure you book your room now for a fall or winter getaway.


Anchored in the heart of downtown, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is set to open on October 4, 2013, in the former location of the Hotel Zoso. The 163-room property is the brand’s second lifestyle hotel in Southern California and will offer a new pool and outdoor space, VIP rock star suite, work out and spa facilities, and a new live entertainment venue. Reservations are being accepted now, and with the property already set to host new events like the inaugural Palm Springs Fashion Weekend and a Halloween party, you’ll want to make your reservations now to ensure your spot.


The Monroe Palm Springs officially opened its doors on September 1, 2013, offering moderately-priced, pet-friendly lodging, with complimentary Wi-Fi access, complimentary coffee and snacks and complimentary hot breakfast at the neighboring Rick’s Restaurant and Bakery. Placing importance on the use of green practices during the renovation of the property, the new owners of The Monroe took the initiative to recycle and repurpose many materials throughout the property, such as with the wooden amenity trays in the guest bathrooms, which were made from the former wood window sills as part of a collaboration with Palm Springs High School woodshop students. Other newer hotels in Palm Springs that are currently open for business include the Skylark Hotel and The Curve Hotel, both renovated mid-century properties.


Set to open in early 2014, Arrive Hotel will be the first new construction hotel in Palm Springs in about a decade (other new openings have all been renovations and redesigns of former properties). The 32-room boutique hotel will be located in the Uptown Design District on North Palm Canyon Drive near Vista Chino Drive, and will include a new restaurant, retail spaces and a pool area with cabanas. The project is set to break ground next week for the first phase of construction, with renderings offering a preview of a gorgeous modern design with mid-century modern touches by architect Chris Pardo.


A little further down the pipeline is the opening of a new Kimpton Hotels property in downtown Palm Springs on the corner of Belardo Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way. Slated for a 2015 opening, Palomar Hotel is another new construction property, with 190 rooms and a rooftop pool and bar (the first of its kind in Palm Springs), as well as a chef-driven restaurant, retail space and 24,000 square feet of event and meeting space.


For more information about Palm Springs hotels, visit www.visitpalmsprings.com, or call 760.778.8418.

Image via Sparrows Hotel.

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