Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs
What We Love
- The hotel’s unique, mid-century charm
- Poolside celebrity-gawking
- Private Jacuzzi-hopping
- Outdoor fire pit with butterfly chairs
What To Know
- Reserving a chair at the pool can get competitive
- The hotel charges a resort fee
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
To many Angelenos, the Parker is Palm Springs. The former Givenchy Resort underwent a $27 million reboot back in 2004, adding 13 acres of frolicsome Jonathan Adler-designed spaces, chock-a-bloc with funky bric-a-brac (atomic chandelier, meet knight in shining armor). Inside, each of the 144 rooms has a laid-back eclecticism ranging from shaggy Moroccan rugs and cheeky Adler needlepoint pillows to lacquered four-poster beds and retro wall hangings. Geometric-patterned bathrooms spoil with products by Molton Brown and Hermès. The centerpiece of the property, however, is the legendary pool—chlorine-free so as not to turn all those SoCal blonde tresses green. The difficulty of getting a poolside chair here has become somewhat legendary: towel claims start at the crack of dawn, so be sure to mark your chair early. A second, jewel-box-sized salt water pool is quieter and has an accompanying whirlpool. You’ll also find a 16,500-square-foot spa, lawn croquet, pétanque, golf, and tennis. Reserve in advance for the sexy retro brasserie Mister Parker’s and for the packed brunches at funky Norma’s.
In the Area
Architects including Albert Frey, Richard Neutra and John Lautner created Midcentury Modern architecture in the Coachella Valley, and Palm Springs Modern Tours offers engaging (and encyclopedic) trips to check out the masterpieces. Getting too hot by the pool? It’s usually about 30 degrees cooler at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (in winter it even snows). Take trails for hiking or, conditions permitting, snowshoeing. Looking for more nature? Enter an oasis, spot a coyote, climb a rock or just hike your cares away in Joshua Tree National Park or, closer, Tahquitz Canyon and Indian Canyons. Palm Springs is one of America’s premier destinations for gay and lesbian travelers; the gay nightlife district is centered on East Arenas Road, about two miles away. Finding a date is never a problem in Indio, at the other end of the Coachella Valley, as more than 90 percent of America’s date crop is grown there. Visit the orchard — and the tasting room — at Shield’s Date Garden.
How to Get There
I stayed at the Parker in June with some family and friends. To say the stay was amazing is an understatement. This hotel wasnt like any other hotel I’ve stayed at and I have stayed at many 5 star hotels around the world. The staff were super friendly and very professional, the rooms were just gorgeous and very comfortable and the grounds were quirky but cool. We were advised prior to staying at the hotel that we would have no power for one of the days we were there which we appreciated being told in advance. The hotel compensated us for this without any issues which we also greatly appreciated. We knew when we decided we were going to Palm Springs that we wanted to stay at the Parker but we did question it for a while because of the not so great reviews on TripAdvisor. All I can say is that I am very happy we decided to stay because I honestly do not feel we would have had the amazing experience we did in Palm Springs if we had chosen to stay elsewhere. Do yourself a favour and give this place a go!!!
We absolutely loved our stay at the Parker Palm Springs. The staff was so attentive, the property was beautiful and the rooms were spacious and comfortable! Our favorite was the lemonade stand by the pool! Very refreshing drinks while you are laying out :)
The hotel is hip, beautiful, and private. The staff will leave you feeling like maybe you really are part of the hollywood elite that patronizes this swanky establishment. I could not recommend it more.
Worst hotel in the valley. Wanna be attitude. Wanted to view property for big 60th Birthday celebration. Middle of summer, no guests. They said no. Have stayed at top hotels all over the world and when you see the this run down, dilapidated, paint coming off the walls place perhaps I I was fortunate not to waste my money here. Most unfortunate as it’s predecessors were so much more welcoming. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
First I have to say I have been coming here for years. It is my number 1 top place to burn my buns and relax. The Parker is so Palm Springs with a twist on luxury and drama. All designed by Jonathan Adler with chic, fun, and pop decor. Every time I go I get more and more ideas for our home here in the Hollywood Hills.
The Parker has the best grounds ever. It’s like a desert oasis. All the gravel paths with the tiny water features are charming. The giant brass banana. The bocce ball court area is a great place to chill and soak up a vibe.
The only thing I always tell people is...where are the peacocks and the lama?? I feel like they would be hiding somewhere.
Far as crowd, there are a lot of Europeans and locals from Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Which I love. The people are worldly and interesting to chat with. Definitely not Las Vegas crowd thank god.