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Originally built as Castle’s Red Barn in 1952 by MGM actor Don Castle and his wife Zetta, it was one of the original resort getaways for Hollywood elite. Legend has it that iconic actress Elizabeth Montgomery had her first marriage at the Red Barn. The property also has had incarnations as Catalina Palms, El Rancho Lodge and now Sparrows Lodge. The Lodge was fully restored in 2013 and many of the original buildings are still in use with modern updates retaining the charm of the original Red Barn.
Sparrows Lodge is a completely restored 1950s retreat. You will be welcomed roadside with a simple hand-painted sign with two Sparrows. The Lodge has a modern rustic vibe that carries through to our rooms, communal barn, outdoor fire pit and vegetable garden, accented by a collection of fine art including works by Ruscha, Kelly, Katz & Baldessari. The 20 rooms feature exposed beam ceilings, russet red walls, concrete floors with inlaid pebbles and butterfly chairs. Swiss army blankets top plush mattresses, and instead of closets you’ll find a metal footlocker along with hooks and hangers. Our bathrooms feature rain showers, and many include horse troughs as bathtubs. Most rooms have private patios. All rooms have AC/Heat and ceiling fans. With no televisions or phones in the rooms, there is an environment of ease and simplicity.
The Chef of Barn Kitchen is Gabriel Woo. Chef Woo was born in Mexico and raised in Palm Springs, California. Chef Woo believes in using fresh ingredients from local farms and purveyors. His culinary skills are centered around classical french techniques, while using ingredients and influences from the wider Coachella Valley. Chef Wood has received accolades from the Wall Street Journal to Conde Nast Traveller. Chef Woo was recently invited to cook at the James Beard House in 2019, where his “localized” approach to cuisine will be put on display.
Sparrows Lodge is located in South Palm Springs, walking distance to Koffi and the simple and delicious Appertito Italian deli and lots of other great dinning and drinking spots in town. Explore the area on one of our bikes. Outdoor activities await at Joshua Tree National Park, the Living Desert, the Aerial Tram or, closer-in, golf at Tahquitz Canyon and Indian Canyons. For local shopping, check out unique design and clothing shops on North Palm Canyon Drive or visit Hedge and the many great shops on Perez Design row in Cathedral City. Lots of interesting estate sale and “vintage finds” shops are in the area. Ask us for our favorites in town or nearby. Pioneer Town is a fun day trip as is horse riding at the nearby Smoke Tree stables.
1330 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
tel. 760 327 2300
For media inquiries please contact PR@sparrowslodge.com
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“There’s a cheerful summer-camp-for-grown-ups vibe to the airy, high-ceilinged barn and rectangular pool.”
“A lush compound of rustic cabins for the unfussy traveler who has a fussy taste for aesthetics.”
“Palm Springs is all about midcentury-modern architecture, but Sparrows Lodge has gone after a more rustic look.”
“Some Palm Springs hotels are a bit too old-school, while others perhaps go too far in the other direction. The “adult summer camp” that is Sparrows Lodge, however, seems to have judged their clientele perfectly.”
“A modern rustic retreat with russet red walls, floors with inlaid pebbles, exposed beam ceilings, and bathrooms with horse trough bathtubs.”