Hard Rock, Sparrows and Monroe hotels open in Palm Springs

September 4th, 2013 | by Skip Descant | Comments

 

A construction crew works on the pool area of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. The hotel, which is a renovation of the former Hotel Zoso, is scheduled to open in early October. Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun

A construction crew works on the pool area of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. The hotel, which is a renovation of the former Hotel Zoso, is scheduled to open in early October.
Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun

A new tourism season in Palm Springs is opening with a delightful handful of new hotel options to consider.Three former properties have been transformed and renovated into all new brands.

It would be too easy to start with the Hard Rock Palm Springs, which is breathing new life into a somewhat tired Hotel Zoso.Hard Rock is investing heavily into the 1980s-era building, doubling the size of the pool, along with other improvements that reach well beyond the cosmetic. The hotel opens in a month.

On the south side of town — where hip increasingly calls home — the Sparrows Hotel is quietly spreading its wings as the new cozy 20-room boutique at 1330 E. Palm Canyon Drive near Sunrise Way. For those familiar with the area, the Sparrows used to be known as the El Rancho Lodge.

The Sparrows’ style is something along the lines of rustic ranch, though expect true luxe in this mix, particularly given the hotel’s DNA. The Sparrows is owned by Doug and Josie Smith, the couple behind Palm Springs’ secluded Korakia Pensione.

On the north side of town, America’s Best Inn has dropped its corporate flag and has been remade into The Monroe Palm Springs. It’s mid-size and mid-priced, and with a noticeable green streak running through as the renovation made a point to recycle a number of the building materials throughout the property including the pool towel bins made from the window sills during the room renovation. The Monroe Palm Springs is pet-friendly, and offers its guests complimentary Wi-Fi access, complimentary coffee and snacks, laundry facility, and complimentary hot breakfast at the neighboring Rick’s Restaurant and Bakery.

The sign is now up on the former Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs identifying it as the latest addition to the Hard Rock Hotel empire.

The sign is now up on the former Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs identifying it as the latest addition to the Hard Rock Hotel empire.

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