Parker Palm Springs
Nestled positively perfectly at the far end of East Palm Canyon Drive sits the jewel of Palm Springs, the fabulously fantastic kitschy-chic Parker Palm Springs.
Stepping onto the grounds of the Parker is like taking a big fat dose of Prozac. This boutique hotel transports you instantly to a time of classic Hollywood starlets, cabana boys, lawn croquet, cocktail hours and dressing for dinner. A heavenly happy pick-me-up.
Let me start with a full disclosure: This review is in NO WAY neutral, it can’t be, the Parker Palm Springs is hands down my most favorite and top rated resort that I have EVER visited.
As you walk through the glorious orange lacquered doors into the friskily lavish lobby adorned with zebra rugs, hand-blown glass, and groovy mid-century modern furniture a sense of
complete happiness washes over you as you check in.
Once your room key is in hand, swing by the Mini Bar located in the lobby- I recommend the Parker’s signature Muddled Lemonade–then make your way out of the main building onto the lavish grounds as you head to one of the 131 tantalizing rooms or 12 posh villas surrounded by bougainvilleas, palm trees, hammocks and a wondrously retro croquet court.
Infused with a rich Hollywood history, the Parker originally opened as a Holiday Inn in 1959 and was then taken over by Gene Autry in 1963 and renamed The Melody Ranch. Gene added his home (which still sits on the grounds) and the North building in 1964, which was constructed to house the California Angels (the team he owned).
In the early 1970s the property was purchased by Givenchy and later run by Merv Griffin.
Fast forward to 2003 when Le Meridien Resorts purchased the property and enlisted the famed designer of happy home furnishings and ceramics, Jonathan Adler to give the resort a head to toe makeover turning it into a paradise packed full of kitsch and glamour with a tongue in cheek humorous approach to the Classic American Country Club Style resort. 1960s Hollywood Glamour in the heart of Palm Springs. Opening as The Parker in 2004 it has been a favorite getaway of Hollywood producers, celebrities and musicians ever since.
With 2 delicious restaurants fit for even the most finicky of foodies (Norma’s and Mr. Parker’s), a 1960’s style swanky poolside cafe (The Lemonade Stand), the relaxing and tranquil PSYC spa, 4 terre battu (red clay) tennis courts complete with an on staff tennis pro, a fabulously French Petanque court (I suggest you order a Patis while playing), 3 pools and lush grounds there is really no need to ever leave the property- a truly all-inclusive experience.
If you haven’t been to the Parker..go now..seriously..what are you waiting for…book a room! With rates in July and August as low as $99 a night how can you say no!
Parker Palm Springs, 4200 East Palm Canyon Drive (888) 450-9488; www.theparkerpalmsprings.com.
Disclosure: On occasion, contributors of The Trend Tribe receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence the contributor’s point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the reviewers experience. The opinions are their own. Photos credits: Christie Moeller and Parker Palm Springs.