Parker 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
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Jonathan Adler-designed Palm Springs landmark with a legendary pool scene, sprawling spa, and sexy bistro
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
We had a blast and can not wait to return for our next stay. The hotel thought of everything. The staff consistently went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful stay. The vibe was fun, the spa was luxurious, the food was great, the rooms were clean.
We came here highly recommended by a friend who got us a night here for our honeymoon. Our wedding was very small and private, and we considered this stay a “mini moon”.
We intended to only stay in one of the smaller rooms, but as we checked in, we were told we were upgraded to a villa. From that moment on, we knew this stay was going to be different. We were escorted to our villa by Erica who checked us in. We were given chocolates as a congratulations to our new marriage which came with a nice card. The property is gorgeous and very private. It absolutely made our honey moon.
We can’t wait to come back and just enjoy ourselves. This place is great especially if you enjoy privacy.
Toured the grounds and ate breakfast at Norma's. After visiting several hotels as part of a plan for future trips to Palm Springs, this is my #1 hotel.
Would absolutely recommend staying here- it is everything you want in a luxury boutique experience. If you want a Palm Springs hideaway where you don't need to leave, this is it.
The grounds are immense. So private and beautiful.
two pool areas, one for adults only, one for kiddos of all ages.
Definitely worth staying here.