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 have had so many friends stay at the hotel and rave about it! The grounds are really special, private and you feel like your back in the 70's with wonderful decor and use of colour throughout the property. The restaurants are amazing and we ate at all 3 (we did not go anywhere else for breakfast & dinner).
I will say the rooms are nice and spacious. When we first checked in our room had 2 double beds when we requested a King. It took the concerige some time but they were very kind and moved us to a room with a King bed. The bathrooms are older but well maintained. The only issue we had with the stay was that we could hear every other guest! We were on the 2nd floor and the main floor rooms have the outdoor space with the hammocks. The guest below us had people over early morning and late into the night -- SOO Loud!
Pools are OK, both small - the adult pool is better, but little bugs bite your feet so bring bug spray! We also lucked out (not in a good way) and had a rowdy group over take the pool so it was not as enjoyable.
Great location, wonderful service throughout our stay. Awesome valet sevrice too!
We were upgraded for free so we needed up with a patio room with a hammock. This was a game changer for me. It was so relaxing.
I loved the landscaping which made you feel like you were more alone, in a good way, than you probably are. It’s so lush that it gets confusing finding your way through the grounds.
I get when people made comments about it being a bit worn but for me I took it as character... it’s not glossy anymore but still beautiful.
The pools aren’t big enough but I can appreciate that there are two.
Loved the fire pit and hammock space... really gorgeous.
The spa wasn’t open when we were there which was ridiculous. If it isn’t open the least they could do is offer in room massage.
Of course there are too many Instagram “models” around that you awkwardly happen upon in the middle of their “photo shoot”. We were lucky to stay mid week so we didn’t have to put up with too many of these types.
We ate dinner and breakfast at the restaurant and both were totally good.
The lady on reception was lovely and one waiter was sweet but that is where any form of good service stops.
The “greeters” didn’t greet. The people at the pool just talk to each other. In the 3 days we were there and at the pool for hours I believe I was asked if I want a drink twice.
They don’t clean up the pool areas either. We went for an after dinner swim and there was glasses and towels every where left over from the day... and no one except us was in the pool area.
I loved staying at the Parker. I would only stay mid week. But the cost is frankly criminal. I couldn’t justify the price which is over $600 Aud for the most basic room!
If you don’t get a nice room with outdoor space I just don’t see how the facilities at this hotel can possibly justify the cost. An Instagram photo isn’t worth $600+.
If spending $700 aud a night (patio room) is normal for you and you want to stay somewhere pretty then I can recommend The Parker.
We have just made our first visit to Palm Springs. And it is almost embarrassing to admit that we did not leave Parker. This is a great resort with a sense of tranquility. Very comfortable rooms and a staff that takes service to a new level. Do not miss the hidden wine bar with an exciting list of wines and food at very enjoyable price level