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Sparrows Hotel Review: The upcoming (October 2013) Sparrows Hotel is a former 1950s motel that has been taken down to the studs, rebuilt from the ground up and reincarnated as a hip and haute retreat. The owners, Doug and Josie Smith, are no strangers to Palm Springs. They sold their popular Tennis Club area inn, the famed Korakia Hotel, about six years ago and now divide their time between the desert and New Orleans. What they’re creating with their new twenty-room hotel venture is a posh, rustic resort replete with rusted tin roofs, built-in redwood furniture, individual campfires outside each abode and a communal allure with informal group activities, from tennis to horseshoes and more. The barn, in all its red glory, faces the swimming pool and will house a restaurant where complimentary breakfast will get underway; the restaurant will boast a stone pizza oven and a chef’s garden where fresh produce will be harvested for the menu. Pets will be more than welcome; kids, not so much.