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
I recently hosted a smallish wedding at the Parker and the best word I can come up with to describe our experience is magic. The grounds are like Alice in Wonderland - you never know what small surprise is around the corner. A quaint fire pit, a cool place to play croquet, hammocks to lounge in. And the food - hello. UNBELIEVABLY good. This is not your typical run of the mill wedding food - it’s a 5-star gourmet meal. The rooms are gorgeous and fun. The grounds are impeccable. The spa is wonderful - love that they have a big co-ed space to hang in. And let’s save the best for last — the staff. Let’s be honest, the Parker is hip and trendy and one would expect the staff to be standoffish and aloof. Nothing could be further from the truth - they are warm and friendly. When you are there, you feel like they are actually glad you came - imagine that! From the valet to the front desk to the waitstaff - every staff person we encountered was lovely. And the event planning team is superb. They work as a team and preform as a team. During the wedding, I didn’t even know they were there but yet every single detail ran like clockwork.
My friend got married here last November and we stayed here for 2 nights. I love everything Jonathan Adler, so this was like heaven to me. At every turn, there is an amazing design element waiting to surprise you. The rooms are beautifully decorated as you would expect, and the toiletries are top notch. The only gripe we had was that the bathroom location was strange and there was not a lot of privacy. It is easy to get lost in the grounds, but we thought it was a part of the charm. Highly recommended.
the hotel room, the garden, the swimming pool, and the restaurant were just beautiful. just a fabulous place to get relaxed and refreshed. Staff was also very kind and responsive. please note valet is manatory.
There is something a little magical about the Parker. Hidden away behind high hedges, the front door concealed behind a high white wall, there is a sense that you are entering somewhere pretty special. The rooms are large and well decorated in modernist appropriate furnishings. My room, and parts of the hotel look like they are ready for a bit of a refresher but that didn't detract from the experience. My favourite part was dining at Counter Reformation. Again, it is well hidden but worth searching for...the food and dining experience one of my best in the States.
In Summary - the Parker Palm Springs was a fabulous place to get married. Not only was the the vibe of our wedding magical, and the venue unique and accommodating, but the staff is beyond friendly and Shannon, the hotel's catering manager, really put her heart into making sure our big day ran smoothly. All of the staff on the whole property made us feel special. It is a California gem, and we feel so lucky to have gotten married there. Thank you to Shannon, and all the Parker Staff for making it happen!