Wallpaper: The 7 Best Palm Springs Hotels

There must be something about all that sunshine and blue-on-blue sky, but Palm Springs has long lured a particular tribe of traveller – savvy, design-conscious, and fastidious about their choice of lodgings. Aiding the cause is the area’s haul of classic mid-century architecture, many of which, thanks to generous proportions and outdoor spaces, have been successfully co-opted or refurbished as bright and cheerful hotels. Continue Reading…


Thoughtful Misfit: Albert Frey and The Monkey Tree Hotel

Since we’re planning a pretty big trip with a huge portion of our family for our 10 year anniversary, we decided to keep the personal celebration low key and focus on what matters most – spending time with each other in a beautiful, intimate setting (with a pool, duh). Continue Reading…


Sunset Magazine: 10 High-Design Hotels in Palm Springs

Get your design fix while enjoying the Palm Springs desert. Continue Reading…


Dwell: This Palm Springs Hotel is Filled with Vintage Midcentury Modern Finds

With an extensive renovation, a 1960 Albert Frey hotel gets an age-appropriate facelift with lots of vintage appeal. Continue Reading…


TRAVELMAG: 12 Unique Things to Do in Palm Springs

This private 16-room boutique hotel in North Palm Springs was designed by Desert Modernist, Albert Frey in 1960. Nowadays the recently restored Monkey Tree Hotel remains one of the city’s finest boutique hotels. Continue Reading…


Thrive Global: Relax and Recharge in Palm Springs

Incorporating wellness options when you are traveling for work/business is insanely important. … Think outside of the “big box” hotels and go for the boutique experience. My Pick: The Monkey Tree Hotel. Continue Reading…


USA Today: Mid-century modern hotels swing into a new era

In recent years, several iconic U.S. mid-century hotels have been reinvented and given a new, contemporary point of view, while still retaining the essence of the era. These properties have embraced their mid-century heritage with a renewed vibe and updated feel, inviting guests to enjoy a glimpse of stylish (and sometimes kitschy) history while enjoying modern comforts and amenities. Continue Reading…


Palm Springs Life: Full Circle

The Monkey Tree Hotel, designed in 1960 by architect Albert Frey, has a rich history whose legacy has been preserved and updated for the 21st century. Continue Reading…


Wallpaper: Monkey Tree Hotel, Palm Springs, USA

Swiss architect Albert Frey’s inspiration for his famous 1960 Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs was the elemental pull of the San Jacinto Mountains; he sited the courtyard to maximise views of the majestic peaks – spiritual beings to the local Agua Caliente Indians – as well as the light and energy of the sun. Continue Reading…


Lodging Magazine: How NYC Professionals Became California Hoteliers

For Gary and Kathy Friedle, realizing that they had logged 25-plus years in finance and architecture, respectively, in a fast-paced, New York City environment was the kick they needed to take stock and rethink what they wanted out of their careers. Continue Reading…


Variety: New Places to Eat, Drink and Stay During the Palm Springs Film Festival

Polished gem: The Monkey Tree Hotel
This hide-away in the historic Racquet Club neighborhood features peak Midcentury Modern architecture by architect Albert Frey. Continue Reading…


Featured in Bicyclist Magazine’s
Destinations Within Reach

The Mid-Century modern desert hotel is a perfect destination for bicyclists. The Monkey Tree Hotel hosts all the accommodations that cyclists look for, and features sports recovery amenities which are excellent after a climb through the mountains or a cruise along the sand… see page 10 for more
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telegraphThe Monkey Tree is an architectural gem that’s been fully restored, tucked away in a residential neighborhood in North Palm Springs. The boutique, 16-room hotel has a roof-line that mimics the dramatic view of the nearby mountains. The property is set on an acre of land and feels very private.
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On October 1, 2016, the Palm Springs Modern Committee awarded The MonkeyTree Hotel the “2016 Commercial Restoration Award” to Gary and Kathy Friedle.


elleukJust when you thought Palm Springs couldn’t get any hotter, the hip thermometer shot through the roof. How about sightings of Suki Waterhouse drinking Bloody Marys with squid ink and truffle oil at the new L’Horizon, the most exclusive hotel Palm Springs has ever seen? Or Caitlin Jenner spied tucking into prime rib at the freshly-opened Mr. Lyons Steakhouse, famous for its 19th century English décor dating back to the 1940s?

Even when you think you’re just out for a low-key Vietnamese meal at the new Rooster and The Pig, you’ll stand a chance, as I did, of getting a table next to Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid giggling with hot male model Lucky Blue Smith. I later found out that the energetic Coachella set have dubbed this funky take on Vietnamese dining (check out the Jasmine tea leaf salad) the eaterie of the moment. Continue Reading…


visitpalmspringsThe term “boutique hotel” gets thrown around quite a bit, but you won’t be disappointed when you book a room at The Monkey Tree Hotel, a very private, 16-room oasis set on one acre. The hotel was designed and built in 1960 by the renowned midcentury architect Albert Frey and was meticulously renovated in 2015 by its current owners, Gary and Kathy Friedle.

The couple met at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where they both had campus jobs working at the print shop. “This was the one and only time we ever worked together—until now, that is,” says Kathy. Continue Reading…


la-timesMost of us tend to feel more relaxed on vacation, but if Palm Springs happens to be the destination, it’s nearly impossible to return home without a renewed sense of well-being too. Populated with spas, outdoor recreation and healthy dining options, this desert sanctuary brims with ways to boost your spirits and your vitality.

The hospitable climate means visitors can get outside and enjoy Palm Springs’ stunning natural beauty all year long. Take your pick of golf courses galore, escape to an afternoon Continue Reading…


socalrunnergalI’ve now visited Palm Springs ten times or so and this last trip was the first time I managed to make it a restorative and healthy weekend getaway. Every other time it has been party central so it was nice to experience a different vibe and return home without a hangover.

If you’re planning a wellness weekend in Palm Springs I can very easily tell you what NOT to do. For starters, don’t go to Las Casuelas because Continue Reading…


la-blogA 16-room boutique property in North Palm Springs, California, the Monkey Tree Hotel greets visitors with delicious homemade breakfast, a Scandinavian spa, and scenic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Designed in 1960 by iconic local architect Albert Frey, the hotel was recently renovated and brought to its former mid-century modern glory. Continue Reading…


mt-1The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs just reopened this year after being restored and updated by it’s new owners, Kathy and Gary Friedle. They have retained the charm of it’s mid-century heyday and added modern conveniences.

One of the perks of staying at The Monkey Tree is that breakfast is included. Continue Reading…


press-2The Monkey Tree Hotel brings back its 1960s name and look, but with a bent toward the fitness conscious. Continue Reading…


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In the early days of Expedia.com, our business strategy was based on the agency model; taking a small commission on every hotel booking. Problem was, it usually cost more to process a booking than the commission brought in, so what we lost in margin we made up for in volume. Then a brilliant colleague proposed we pivot to a merchant model, in which Expedia would pre-purchase rooms at a big discount and then resale them at a reasonable markup. Now, of course, Expedia.com is a very profitable not-so-little business.Continue Reading…


Albert Frey’s Monkey Tree Hotel gets new life
mt-pressNo Vacancy is a monthly feature showcasing the small hotels, motels and inns across the Coachella Valley.

It’s been years since the little hotel on East Racquet Club Road on the north side of Palm Springs has been a place where guests are asked to keep their clothes on. Continue Reading…