The Monkey Tree Hotel

P: 760-322-6059
2388 E. Racquet Club Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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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 North Palm Springs, California. Originally designed and built in 1960 by renowned modernist architect Albert Frey, the hotel re-opened in 2016, after a loving restoration by its current owners to its original mid-century modern design.

A delicious homemade 
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.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities
Spa Facility
Breakfast Included
Hot Tub
Kitchen/Kitchenette
Internet / Wi-Fi
Full Service Spa
Microwave
Fireplace
Meeting/Banquet Facilities
Extended Stay
Architecture: Mid-Century Modern
Architecture: Historic
Swimming Pool

Hotel Backstory

The Monkey Tree Hotel: A true 1960s time capsule

Kathy and Gary Friedle left the hustle and bustle of New York City for the laid-back ambience of Palm Springs, and never looked back.

Kathy is an architect and worked as a studio director at Gensler, while Gary was the chief operating officer at a private wealth management firm on Wall Street, but when their older son announced he wanted to go to college on the west coast, it got them thinking about their family's future and the possibility of a move and a dramatic change.

"We lived on the east coast our entire lives, but it was starting to wear us down," Kathy said. "We could have kept chugging along, but we kept thinking, 'Let's try something different.' We had always dreamed about owning a little B&B when we retired, but an opportunity came up earlier than we expected and once the seed was planted, we started to actively look for a hotel to buy on the west coast and decided to give new careers a try."

They liked the idea of moving to Palm Springs, which is already a tourist destination, and were both fans of mid-century modern architecture. In 2015, the Monkey Tree Hotel property became available for purchase, and the Friedles jumped at the opportunity to reinvigorate the historic, 1960 Albert Frey-designed hotel. They refreshed the 16 rooms and suites, purchased vintage decor from local Palm Springs sources, and installed the desert's first Scandinavian spa with a sauna, hot tub, and cold plunge. Gary is also now in charge of the breakfast served every morning to guests, and he has come up with a delicious rotating menu that incorporates some suggestions from diners while also using the freshest local ingredients.

"It's a true 1960s time capsule," Kathy said. "We haven't made a lot of changes to it, intentionally. We want it to remain true to that period."