Just what you thought Palm Springs would be…
The Monkey Tree Hotel is 1960’s style California chill – updated for the 21st Century. We are luxury without pretension. The Monkey Tree Hotel is a private 16-room boutique hotel nestled against the backdrop of the gorgeous San Jacinto mountains on a large one-acre property in Palm Springs, California. Originally designed and built in 1960 by renowned modernist architect Albert Frey, the hotel re-opened in 2016, after a restoration by its current owners to its original mid-century modern design. A delicious house-made continental breakfast is served every morning and is included in the room price. Inside the expansive private courtyard are a large, heated saltwater swimming pool and lush lawn area spacious enough to find a secluded area to relax in peace. The hotel also boasts the area’s first Scandinavian spa, which includes a newly built sauna, hot tub and cold plunge. Use the spa to rejuvenate, re-energize, or recover from a workout.
The owners, husband and wife team Gary and Kathleen Friedle, purchased the hotel in 2016 and wanted to create a destination for people like themselves: vacationers looking for a clean, spacious room; fresh, quality food; and a calm, cool atmosphere in which to unwind. This might include a workout and a massage, or it might be lounging by the pool with a book. They renovated and re-opened The Monkey Tree Hotel with all this in mind. The smallest room on the property measures 300 sf (twice the size of other hotels in town), with the largest suite measuring 725 sf. The two largest rooms of the hotel also have their own 500+sf private patios, for the ultimate in seclusion and privacy. A continental breakfast including homemade granola and pastries is served everyday.
A bit about the architectural history of The Monkey Tree Hotel…In 1995 Albert Frey contacted the previous owners of the hotel to ask if he could come by for a visit. At the time, Frey was 92 years old and said that he had not visited the property since it was built. He rode his bike the four miles from Frey House II where he was living to the hotel wearing a white polyester pantsuit and burnt orange shirt, arriving dapper as always. As he toured the property, he shared his inspiration for the layout and design of the hotel with the current owners. Frey was fascinated by the San Jacinto Mountains and found great inspiration in them. Frey created the dramatic slanting roof lines to be in harmony with the mountains. Frey was also known for his tracking of the sun during the day to determine the best site placement. He situated the hotel courtyard to maximize the view of the inspiring mountains while sitting poolside – at the same time maximizing the light and energy from the sun.