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 visited the Parker looking forward to a delicious & pleasant lunch at Norma’s. My fiancé and I pulled in and were greeted by 2 very pleasant valets. As we walked near the first reception desk with a woman behind the counter - she failed to look up & acknowledge nor greet us. There is a 2nd counter and that employee failed to
acknowledge us as well. There was a hostess near the entrance at Norma’s who was not very friendly. We told her we were having lunch there but first wanted to show my fiancé a quick view of the property. She refused us entry. When asked to see the manager - he also refused us as he was too busy and we could come back later at his convenience. He wasn’t too nice about it. I have stayed there before and have had plenty of meals at both restaurants. But the staff was unacceptable for my standards. We ended up having a lovely delicious meal at the Ritz Carlton with a fantastic view. The staff were extremely accommodating and friendly and they were more than happy to allow us to view the property. The only reason I’m giving a 1 star is because of your friendly & professional valets. Needless to say.. I will not be coming back. There are plenty of other places to dine.
Spent 3 lovely nights here and could not have been happier. Check in was a breeze, I arrived late and tired and the staff even offers to walk me to my room but I choose to walk myself. The property is absolutely stunning, so well kept and so many hidden places to discover in this beautiful place. The room was large, spacious, clean and comfortable and they think of everything the toiletries in the bathroom were fabulous. There is also complimentary water in the room and the valet were very pleasant and always willing to help. I honestly I am not a fan of paying resort fees but in this case I think the resort fee is necessary and money well spent. They really gives you enough amenities and perks to make it worth the extra fee. I love that Valet is included in the resort fee. I had a great time and look forward to coming back soon.
I love the Parker, its garden, its pools, its interior design, its food, I really do but I decide to give him one star because of their pet policy
After I decided to go there for the first time with my dog for 4 days as the hotel pretends to be Pet Friendly it changed my opinion dramatically about the hotel
Upon check-in, you sign a waiver for your dog stating you have to keep him off lawn which is very constraining and that the pool is for 2legs only which makes sense. The fee for 1 dog is $200 per day (two hundred dollars!) and for this fee you have basically nothing. No dog bowl in your room or pet area.
It does not stop there, you cannot bring your dog in the pool area as it is not mentioned in their policy
Basically you can stay with your dog in the room and the restaurant patio
The manager let me check out and reimbursed me as he recognized the pet policy was unclear.
Staff has been very nice all stay but they should consider a pet friendly policy
We visited for a vacation and loved the property. The hotel is super cool and classic Palm Springs. We had two movie stars and an NFL player next to us at breakfast. The spa is also amazing. Budget a day for that alone.
This hotel is highly recommended.
My wife and I first stayed at the Parker back in 2016 (before we were married) and fell in love with the property--from the enchanting grounds and the impeccably designed interiors (an eclectic mix of styles from the 1950s-70s), to the warm and friendly staff and fun atmosphere. When we got engaged, we could think of no other place we'd rather host our wedding. Though we live far away from California and were unable to find the time to travel to Palm Springs for a site visit and food tasting in the months leading up to the wedding, the event planning staff gave us every confidence that our day would be perfect, and it totally exceeded our expectations. Randy was so wonderful to work with from start to finish. Her thorough and detail-oriented approach to every aspect of the event made us feel comfortable planning from afar. While we knew, for example, that the food would be amazing no matter what we chose, Randy walked us through the menu over the phone, describing everything in detail and providing images so that we could feel good about all of our selections. The staff even created modifications and substitutions to our menu in order to accommodate individual guests' dietary restrictions.
Upon our arrival a few days before the event, we were warmly welcomed by everyone. Randy had even arranged a wine and cocktail tasting so that we could work with our bartender to create unique signature cocktails using special ingredients that had been ordered just for us. When the big day arrived we were able to relax and let everything go just as it had been planned. For anyone who wants an elegant yet low-stress destination wedding, the Parker makes it possible for couples to essentially just show up and have the time of their lives. We trusted them and they took care of things we hadn't even thought of, adding special touches and surprises to our weekend that made everything feel like pure magic. We look forward to celebrating future milestones at the Parker estate!