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
Not impressed. More effort is put into decor than basic upkeep. Carpets were stained and worn. Hallway smelled like an old college dorm. Maps of the facility look like they were written by a 2 year old.
In lobby bar late evening and had Jose as our bartender. He was the most smug, expecting, unfriendly bartender I’ve ever had, unfortunately. The hotel otherwise seemed to be a nice place. Valets were worthy.
The Parker is an amazing place to spend time and enjoy. The architecture the decor and the grounds are incredible. You can spend endless time wandering through the beautiful grounds. The room was good, spacious and well decorated. The service was good but no one went out of their way to make you feel welcome. We checked in on my Birthday and received a nice "Happy Birthday" but no little surprise in our room. When you spend this much money staying at a 5 start hotel I would expect some kind of bday surprise like a bottle of champagne or something. So that was disappointing. The issue I have is the exorbitant cost for everything. Everyone raves about Norma's restaurant but it was nothing special.
Really enjoyed our stay but could have been better
This hotel is a gem in the middle of the desert. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed. The staff is not only accommodating but extra friendly and warm. The grounds are labyrinth of winding paths and secret gardens to be explored. Moreover, the property has quaint and quiet areas as well as high-energy cosmopolitan places. The mountain views are spectacular and the room and hotel decor is well-done.
Wonderful gardens, great plants. Beautiful grounds.
Lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. Superb staff who are kind and knowledgeable. Norma’s is very good for breakfast and other meals. Amazing golf courses and restaurants in Palm Springs.