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Not Into The Hard Rock? Palm Springs Has Two New Hotels to Try

September 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM | by | ()

Palm Springs has quietly been undergoing a bit of a hotel renaissance. Not only will the brashy Hard Rock Hotel brand open on October 4th and the Kimpton will open in 2015, but the desert resort city now has two new (quieter) hotels to try. That's in addition to the four new hotels that have opened since November of last year.

Just opened this past weekend is the Monroe Palm Springs on North Palm Canyon Drive, which was formerly America's Best Value Inn. The property has been fully renovated and in a green way too, repurposing as many materials as possible. For example, the pool towel bins are made from the old window sills. But even though the hotel is "green", it's hue of choice is actually orange, which is found everywhere from the bedspreads to the walls to the pool chairs. Interestingly, there's no mention of Marilyn Monroe at the hotel but we can't help but wonder if that giant statue of her, that was recently on display in town, was an inspiration.

Rates for the rooms start at $100 a night for a regular room (suites are $150) and come with coffee-makers, free WIFi and complimentary hot breakfast at the neighboring Rick’s Restaurant and Bakery. Oh and pets are welcome too.

Opening on October 1 on Palm Canyon Drive is the Sparrows Hotel, from the former owners of the Korakia Pensione. The 19-room ranch style property was originally built in the 1950s and went by the name El Rancho Lodge. But now, each room has been completely overhauled and restored, featuring outdoor fireplaces and hand-built furniture. The lodge's original barn will also be the hotel's communal dining and entertainment spot. Rates start at $175 on opening night for a garden room with queen-sized beds and private patio. That includes breakfast and WiFi too. Given that the hotel only has 19 rooms and that it looks rather gorgeous, you should make reservations now as we anticipate it will be sold-out most weekends.

Best of all, both of the new hotels do not have resort fees!

[Photos: The Monroe/Facebook and Sparrows Hotel/Facebook]

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