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
- 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 didn't stay here but did have breakfast in the garden and saw the spa and pool on premises. It is so lovely, I would definitely stay here the next time we're in town. Breakfast was delicious AND beautiful. Definitely get the fruit smoothie.
as members of the leaders club we have been upgraded to a nice room in the north building with access to the beautiful poolarea. the decor of the room and the mainbuilding are great. the kids enjoyed the vast gardens. friendly and helpful staff.
On arriving at Parker Palm Springs - first impressions of the entrance and lobby area were WOW! Unfortunately check-in didn't go very smoothly, we arrived a couple of hours early as we'd travelled from Santa Monica and the traffic was good. We were told our room wasn't ready (not a problem) house keeping were working on it and it should be ready soon, we took ourselves off to the pool area fully clothed and waited for a call or text to advise when the room was ready. After an hour I went to reception only to be told the room was still not ready! Okay, I went back to the pool for a lemonade. Another hour passed, so I called reception - room still not ready. I did begin to think that perhaps we were in a penthouse suite and it needed 2 hours to clean! After another 20 minutes I went back to reception to be told that the room was ready but the number I gave didn't work - I checked the number they had taken and it was my number.
I'm please to say that the rest of our 3 night stay was great - pool area was kept clean and the pool staff were very attentive. The bedroom and on-suite was kept clean! We ate at Norma's one evening, the food was wonderful with huge portions and great service.
Loved the lounge area with the fire pit, after a full day sight seeing there was nothing better than sitting with a glass of wine chilling.
Check-out was smooth and a query I had with the bill was dealt with quickly. We were travelling onto San Diego, we were advised to take the scenic route - thank you so much for the recommendation it was an amazing drive!
Would stay at the Palmer Palm Springs again
Standing out from the rest, Parker Palm Springs is a massive resort-style hotel, that even comes with it's own map. The whole hotel had the concept of a maze and exudes Indiana Jones vibes. The lobby was spectacular and full of character, where you can immediately tell that a lot of work was put into its interior design. Immaculately decorated down to its details, it is noticeably visible that all the furniture down to the knick-knacks are handpicked individually to suit the hotel's theme.
It was our first day in Palm Springs, straight from LA and it was refreshing to be in an environment that felt so private yet still so full of life. The crowd was mainly groups of friends or couples and I did not see any families with young children for our whole stay there.
Deluxe King, Garden View
Super spacious. Just like the hotel, the rooms were massive.
The room was beautifully decorated with a huge, plush king bed to top it all off.
Only thing that was pretty disappointing was the bathroom as it looked older and was less intricately decorated in comparison to the rest of the room and the hotel.
Comfort & Privacy
As Parker's complex is very private and spacious, there was no noise leaks into my hotel room.
There were also blackout drapes, perfect for a good night's rest!
Aside from the overall bathroom impression, the Acqua di Parma toiletries that were provided were fabulous, I loved them!
Be prepared to dive into the room service menu because there is no complimentary tea or coffee in the room.
Although the room comes with a mini fridge, there was no alcohol in it, which was kind of disappointing initially, until we discovered their extensive room service menu that includes both drinks and great food.
We had the view of one of Parker's gorgeous pools with a backdrop of the famous California hills. The only issue was that a lot of trees were covering it so we didn't have a clear view of it and blocks out the sunrise/sunsets.
- 2 Gorgeous Pools with beautiful cabanas
- Hill View
- Restaurant & Bars: Mister Parker's & Norma's
- 1 Amazing Spa with a pool
Full Wifi connectivity throughout the resort as well as in-room Wifi. Great phone reception.
The resort's location is pretty secluded, also with it being 2 hours from LA. However, it is only a 6 min drive to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).
There are not much restaurant options in walking distance but there are great in-house dining options. It's located in proximity of many golf and country clubs, with Seven Lakes Country Club being the nearest (1 min drive!). Wet N Wild is only a 2 min drive away as well.
We drove a car that we rented from LA to the hotel and it took us 2 hours through the highway.
Uber would be okay to get around Palm Springs in, but would be very expensive to go from LA. Might be more budget friendly to fly there as they have an international airport.
You could walk but most people just drive as there's not much traffic.
Public transport is a hassle. Not recommended.
Palm Springs is beautiful and is a picturesque town in the middle of huge hills. Similar to LA, it has a lot of palm trees too. It's like a more laidback version of LA with a lot of golf courses.
Service was good throughout but nothing too special. However, overall vibe and decor of the place is absolutely splendid. This hotel is worth the $ due to the level of comfort and tranquility it has. But be aware that advertised price doesn't include meals and tax.
I would recommend anyone to visit for not only great pictures but an overall cleansing and calming experience.
We Stayed at the hotel over New- Year’s weekend, We Got a room with s broken toilet and malfunctioning heater.
Noticed both in the middle of the night. My husband got up in the middle of the night to put a towel inside the toilets niagara so it won’t leak!! We had a nightmare of a night as I was freezing cold (40 degree night) and couldn’t use the toilet, all of the above while being 8th month pregnant, definitely not what I would consider a fun relaxing baby-moon, for a 5 star-hotel with such high rates.
We called first thing in the morning, they said they will send someone to fix it, we called after an hour and half and only then someone came and confirmed that both the toiled and the heater aren’t working.
The hotel didn’t think for a Moment to compensate us for the terrible experience and refused to refund our night, Absolutely ruined our baby-moon.
The hotel management and the way they handle problems is beyond disgrace, I wouldn’t call it a one star service,let alone a 5 star hotel.
They did an horrific job handling the situation.
Don’t go there, definitely no value for your money.