This adults-only haute moderne hotel is on the edge of Palm Springs. The 1952 wood and stone spot provides guests with bikes to use during their stay. Most of the 20 rooms have private patios and the pets weighing less than 35 lbs. are allowed for a fee.
Most of the open concept rooms are 300 or 400 square feet and though they come with Wi-Fi, there are no telephones or televisions in any of the guest rooms. Two units, The Cabin and The Owner’s Suite, offer more privacy and larger square footage. Room decor is rustic yet modern, with a mixture of warm and cool tones and a variety of building materials ranging from rock and brick to metal and concrete.
All bathrooms contain spacious walk-in showers with an open floorplan, a rain shower head, and Argan bath products. Certain poolside rooms have bathtubs made from metal horse troughs.
Guests enter the barn-shaped building to find they are not at a farm, but a former Hollywood retreat turned boutique hotel. The lobby has plush benches and boasts an envious collection of modern art.
The large pool, on the backside of the barn, is surrounded by a stone patio accented with palm trees and cushioned lounge chairs. There’s also a hot tub and various fountains and water features, as well as a vegetable garden.
A select few massage treatments occur in a specialty tent in the property’s gardens. In-room services can be arranged for a $20 fee.
A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning in The Barn Kitchen, which offers daytime meal service from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests staying on Wednesday or Saturday nights can make reservations for specialty family-style dinners.
The bar at The Barn Kitchen is open until 11 and offers beer, wine, and cocktails in the the lovely space that flows from indoor to outdoor effortlessly.
There’s free self parking if you drive and Sparrows Lodge provides Sole bikes. BUZZ, a free shuttle bus that runs throughout downtown Palm Springs, picks up near the hotel at the intersection of E. Palm Canyon and Driftwood.
The desert’s hottest modern steakhouse is Mr. Lyons (14-minute walk). For coffee, try Koffi (8-minute walk), which also has a few yummy pastries in the case and a peaceful patio. Joey Palm Springs (6-minute drive) is a sweet little downtown cafe.
Tiki drinks in a funky old hotel only begins to describe the experience you’ll have at The Reef (12-minute walk). Cocktail culture is alive and well at Seymour’s (14-minute walk). And speaking of alive, at Dead or Alive Bar (16-minute walk) the name is literally a game answering whether or not a celebrity is still kicking.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The breezy flow between outdoor and indoor spaces in both the common areas and rooms is warm, inviting, and comforting. In addition to the cabin cool aesthetic, the fact that it’s kid-free makes it a perfect spot for couples getting away from the kids, young professionals on holiday, and those who want to enjoy 1950s splendor with modern amenities. The lack of televisions and offering of bikes implores travelers to unplug and explore.