SoCal locales and celebrities from far and wide know Palm Springs as the perfect destination for spending either a relaxing or festive weekend. Design, nature and culture converge here, where annual events like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Modernism Week, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, BNP Paribas Tennis Open and several PGA Tour golf tournaments take place.
There are many hotels in the city, too, but only one hospitality project with a swimming pool on its roof—Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs. Designed by Chris Pardo from Elemental Architecture, the pool anchors a glamorous environment. The outdoor terrace, inspired by its desert surroundings, provides beautiful views of the San Jacinto Mountains, six cabanas and several lounge chairs that invite visitors to rest in this unique setting.
“Palm Springs has stunning architecture and design, an inspiring landscape, and a stylishly cool spirit that’s exactly what the Kimpton brand is all about,” says Abe Liao, general manager of Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs. The exterior of the seven-story building comprises concrete blocks punctuated with pop-out boxes and balconies, providing a sense of movement and dynamism.
A perforated metal screen filters the sunlight and adds texture. Inside, the airy and bright spaces are characterized by their urban and minimalist style with references to the desert. The public areas, 153 rooms decorated with blue, green and cream tones, two restaurants (a Mediterranean café, Juniper Table, on the ground floor; and 4 Saints, a rooftop bar and restaurant) and two bars (Window Bar and High Bar) feature artworks and furniture with pure lines. Spread over 2,500 square feet, the presidential suite occupies the top floor of Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs, offering an exceptional panorama. The hotel also features several areas for events, meetings and weddings.
Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill Architects + Interiors, architects Dion McCarthy and Mark Kirkhart from DesignARC, Powerstrip Studio, Chris Pardo and the design team at Kimpton all contributed to shape an architecturally striking project that pays tribute to the mid-century legacy and modernism of Palm Springs, with a contemporary twist.
Also inspired by the beautiful natural light and surrounding environment, Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs features easy access to hiking trails, encouraging visitors to enjoy nature. Shops, restaurants and the Palm Springs Art Museum are just around the corner too, allowing guests to discover the city’s vibrant cultural scene. rowanpalmsprings.com
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF KIMPTON THE ROWAN PALM SPRINGS