Four clay tennis courts, plus petanque courts and croquet lawn
Indoor and outdoor fire pits
Mandatory resort fee includes Wi-Fi, valet parking, and use of spa
and fitness center
Food gets mixed reviews and is expensive
Far from beaches
With its Jonathan Adler-designed interiors and
gorgeous grounds, the Parker Palm
Springs is about as hip and stylish as a hotel can get. The 144-room upscale property
offers a host of cool features, including two outdoor pools and an indoor pool,
a croquet lawn, petanque courts, clay tennis courts, and a full-service spa.
Its dining options include a breakfast-all-day diner, a dinner-only restaurant,
and light bites served in the lobby bar, though they’re all pricey. Rooms,
suites, and villas are spacious and chic, and many have extras like patios, wet
bars, and sitting areas or separate living rooms. There’s a mandatory
resort fee and rates are high for this category (though for good reason); however the four-pearl Riviera Palm Springs or the Two Bunch Palms are more affordable, and almost just as stylish, alternatives.
Stylish resort with beautiful 13-acre grounds and hip Jonathan Adler interiors
Formerly Gene Autry's Melody Ranch and Merv Griffin's Givenchy Resort and Spa, The Parker has had to shed some seriously kitschy history and introduce its own version of eccentric glamour. Surrounded by 13 acres of beautiful, green grounds that give it a secluded feel, the upscale hotel has impressive, chic interiors and offers a host of features. Lush palms, verdant trees, and immaculate green lawns offer plenty of space to relax outdoors and enjoy the surrounding mountain view, be it swinging on a hammock or nestled in a butterfly chair around the fire pit.
Indoors, uber stylish common spaces look like pages out of an interior design catalog, which is apt as they were designed by Jonathan Adler. Trendy mid-century modern decor is paired with pops of bright colors and funky pieces peppered throughout that imbue the spaces with character, such as suits of armor, a collection of colorful bottles and vases lining a white wall, and a giant “drugs” sign that lends an Alice in Wonderland vibe to the place. The wood-ceilinged lobby is full of chic seating clustered around coffee tables, patterned area rugs, cool lighting fixtures, a circular fireplace, and even rattan hanging chairs, while large windows that wrap around the space fill it with lots of natural light and provide lovely views of the lush greenery outside.
Secluded feel, a 10-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs
The hotel is on the main
vein of Palm Canyon Drive, just south of the center of downtown Palm Springs.
Its large grounds give it a secluded feel, though the shops, restaurants, and
art galleries of the downtown area are about a 10-minute drive away. The
immediate area surrounding the property is home to several car dealerships and
the Seven Lakes Country Club. Palm Springs International Airport is about a
six-minute drive away.
Once known as a destination
only suited for spring breakers or retirees, Palm Springs has become a classy
and clean desert destination for anyone looking for an uncluttered city with
resort amenities. With a healthy gay scene and the Coachella valley (and music
festival) just over 30 minutes away, the Palm Springs crowd is slowly becoming
harder and harder to define. Most who come are there to spend, exercise, and
Chic and spacious rooms, suites, and villas, many with private balconies or patios
The hotel offers luxurious and spacious rooms, suites,
villas, and even a two-bedroom, two-bathroom Gene Autry Residence, once home of
the famous singing cowboy. The stylish units feature white walls and large
white beds with pops of color provided by art on the walls, accent pillows, and
other elements like area rugs or brightly hued armchairs. Villas have
separate living rooms with chic decor and hanging chairs as well as wet bars,
while suites incorporate sitting areas in the bedroom. The spacious and homey Gene Autry Residence has a full kitchen, dining room, large living room, and huge walk-in closets, as well as an interior courtyard and a lovely yard with a large lawn wreathed in greenery.
flat-screen TVs, minibars, telephones, safes, and radio alarm clocks, plus many
rooms have lovely patios or lanais that overlook greenery or the pool. Modern bathrooms have large granite-topped vanities and
shower/tub combos or walk-in showers as well as a selection of high-end
toiletries from a mix of brands including Molton Brown, Hermes, and Peter
Two outdoor pools and indoor pool, two restaurants and a bar, spa, fitness center, and outdoor activities including tennis, petanque, and croquet
The hotel’s beautiful 13-acre grounds include two outdoor
pools, one an adult-only, chlorine-free, saline pool, and the other
a family-friendly pool with a hot tub. Both are surrounded by large sundecks
lined with padded loungers and umbrellas, though guests complain that it is often difficult to nab a seat. There’s also an adult-only indoor pool as well,
which also offers hot tubs as well as seating under lovely canopy tents. Guests
seeking to indulge in a dose of pampering can do so at the on-site spa, which
offers a variety of treatments including massages, facials, waxing, spray
tanning, and nail services, as well as a 24-hours fitness center and free
weekend yoga classes. There are a variety of outdoor activities as well,
including four clay tennis courts, a croquet lawn, and petanque courts.
There are two dining options on-site, though the food gets
mixed reviews and is pricey. Norma’s offers diner comfort foods and all-day
breakfast, while Mister Parker’s is a more elegant dinner option. There’s also
a lobby bar that serves small plates, besides cocktails and other drinks. The
hotel is a popular wedding venue and offers event space for a variety of other
functions as well. There’s an obligatory resort fee that covers amenities like
Wi-Fi, valet parking, and use of the fitness center and spa.
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