The Parker Palm Springs: My home away from home
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The Parker Palm Springs
Their’s just something about The Parker Palm Springs that holds a very special place in my heart. I love that when I walk in those iconic orange doors I feel like I’m transported to another space and time. Being a true hippie at heart, I completely fell in love with the vintage style and retro vibes of Palm Springs and The Parker Resort. From it’s provocative vintage drug pharmacy sign that blares “drugs” in the main lobby to its mid-century modern design this hotel is every bit of #DECORGOALS. Hippie and retro feelings, though you know it’s very upscale at the same time. The attention to detail extends to the sprawling grounds, which are filled with delights that keep you exploring. The meandering paths with dense bordering plantings makes for a fun jungle like experience walking through all the gardens.
I stayed in the Lanai room this time and that room is all about pool proximity — along with their Bougainvillea-clad patios. Wake up, throw off the sheets, stride across your terrace, bound over the lawn and dive directly into this petite, aqua gem of a pool. First one out of the water gets the cabana. Repeat at night for a silent, solitary dip before bedtime. It was a nice change from the Patio Room, which is where I normally stay. The Patio room is clean, with minimal lines that make for a striking cube bed juxtaposed against Moroccan textiles, grass papered ceilings, and embellished throws. A wink to tradition with a duo of poppy red sitting chairs furthers this perfect style mashup. It’s a little more private which I like and it has the hammock in the back, making it the ultimate chill spot.
Deserts and pools make good company they are each other’s perfect compliment so I spent a lot of my time relaxing by and in the pool enjoying all the yummy delights. You can eat, drink, make merry or meditate at any one of the three pools on this gorgeous property. Always a good and relaxing time at The Parker when I go, It’s my home away from home. The trip wouldn’t be complete without a Joshua Tree stop where you can take in the best scenery and nature views. I love the desert and everything about it is straight out of a postcard. Can’t wait till I’m back in the desert!
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If you find yourself at The Parker Palm Springs MAKE SURE to visit these places:
Norma’s — the brightly colored open-air Terrace restaurant that serves breakfast all day and night. Mind you, the concept of breakfast at Norma’s can be a no-holds-barred extravaganza of decadent proportions, But there is no denying a contagious feeling of both calm and delight as you pull up a chair or slide into a booth to peruse the menu. Go gluten free, vegan or vegetarian — they serve to change it up and please. The white slump block and wood interior of Norma’s is a room open, friendly and bright throughout the day — cozy, votive-lit, and discreetly at night when the menu changes to a short selection of California fresh, clean entrees prepared to classic perfection or with the subtlest twist to standard.
Mister Parker’s is Dark, discreet, and decadent. Over-the-top decor and under-the-tank mischief. A watering hole befitting dreamy aesthetes, wandering flaneurs, and swaggering dandies. The high-born agreeably mix with lowbrow, the bon vivants nurse the lugubrious and everyone is ‘wilkommen’. A guy’s guy sort of place with a menu to match — epicurean, savory favorites with Chef’s personal inspirations. A wine list not meant for the faint of heart, a bar that happily provides your martini in lieu of an entree and desserts that extend the pleasure principle.
Counter Top Reformation — Bar seating and ledge-leaning is the rule of thumb — think Paris tabac or the zinc — the heat of local life, crowded with regulars at the counter waiting for their vin rouge. Here you’ll find our Cave à Manger, an eclectic curation of wines by the glass offered with a menu of small plated savory delicacies created for this tasting smorgasbord. More than an amuse-bouche, less than a serving. Range, variety, exploration and discovery are the point.
Mini Bar — intimate and grandiose at the same time — designed like a jewel box. Dark emerald stone facings with mirrored accents, blackamoor sconces and lucite stools. Wander a bit further into the lounge proper — a space that warms on a cool desert night — if not from drink then from the suspended fireplace and it’s seating surround. A mix of adjacent love seats, couches, and hanging chairs provide a setting for discreet tete-a-tetes as well as the occasional voyeur. Part mod, part modern, all comfort. Drink, eat, and be merry.
Lemonade Stand — What could be a more fitting adjacency to the Pétanque court than a citron press? The charm and pluck of it has infiltrated the entire property. You haven’t experienced anything here if you haven’t made at least one stop at the Lemonade Stand. Order poolside or from beneath the striped awning stand.
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The Parker Palm Springs has a storied history dating back to the late 1950s, but it was its reincarnation in 2004 as the Jonathan Adler-designed boutique property under the Le Méridien brand that has put the hotel on the map as a top destination for discerning, design-loving visitors.
The property got its start in 1959 as California’s very first Holiday Inn, and was purchased in 1961 by the “singing cowboy,” Gene Autry. Autry’s intention for the property was to house his newly-acquired baseball team, the California Angels, during spring training. He changed the name to the Melody Ranch, though the property was often referred to as the Autry Hotel, and set out to add new amenities like a second pool, tennis courts and restaurants. In 1994, Autry sold the property to Rose Narva, who partnered with fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy to transform the hotel into a Versailles-inspired establishment named the Givenchy Hotel & Spa. Even following the sale of the property, Autry and his wife remained living in a two bedroom, two bath private home on the property.
The hotel was purchased by TV personality Merv Griffin in 1998 and renamed Merv Griffin’s Resort Hotel and Givenchy Spa. In 2002 the property was again sold, and remained vacant for a year until it was purchased again, this time by hotelier Jack Parker. Parker enlisted designer Jonathan Adler to lead a $27-million-dollar renovation of the property, and in 2004 the hotel reopened it’s iconic orange doors to the public as the Parker Palm Springs. Revealing a fresh, luxurious-yet-tongue-in-cheek interior renovation and garden landscape straight out of “Alice in Wonderland.” The 13-acre property was re-imagined in the style that Adler likes to call “hippie chic,” with an eclectic mix of vintage treasures decorating the guest rooms and common spaces.