You choose this newly built (2017) hotel in the middle of town if you value a few factors: the ability to forget about your car and walk nearly everywhere in downtown, an easy contemporary design that doesn't assault you with mid-century modern cuteness, and a healthy range of places to eat and drink within in a single building. Although there's a stone patio that spills out of its café into a shopping development, there's no yard or grounds; instead, sunshine is taken seven stories up, at its relatively intimate and mostly party-averse pool deck, Palm Springs' only rooftop pool. Rooms are sleek(with hard floors—they're pet-friendly) with funky touches such as a big plastic camel hiding in every closet. Some have modest balconies with two chairs. Each late afternoon, there's a free wine mixer in the lobby, and its penthouse restaurant, 4 Saints, genuinely has one of the most interesting menus on the town's main strip—in a dusky and romantic setting, the chef plays with surprising juxtapositions of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. The Rowan brings a frisson of urban style to a town better known for sleepy casita sprawl. Tip: if you try to book more than four months ahead, its website will show you prohibitive rates of over $500 a night Book closer in and those prices drop to what we've listed. Resort fee warning: $41/night.