Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hip Hotel - The Parker Palm Springs, California

I have been dreaming of Palm Springs, California for a long time. So when I first laid eyes on The Parker Palm Springs, each glorious picture more stylish than the next - I knew I had to stay here. I love a hotel that is full of quirks. The Parker gives you that and then some. I could only imagine how gorgeous it would be to have a wedding here or even the little photo shoot hubby and I did (above) was pretty magical.
If you're looking for a smart luxury vacay, the Parker in the off-season summer time can get as low as $99 night! Yes it's a little hot, but we still loved our visit - squeezing in as much fun in the sun as a girl can handle.
The Gene Autry Pool - Sip cocktails and lemonade poolside while splashing around the pool. Palm Springs summers are HOT. The best schedule to operate on is pool/tan in the morning and then gym/nap in the afternoon when it becomes just too hot outside. I loved the retro umbrellas and black and white loungers (above). Everything at the resort is so well thought it with a burst of bright style.
Norma's Diner - This is where I started my morning, with breakfast on the patio at Norma's on the resort. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and I highly recommend the Eggs Florentine. If you're feeling extra splurgey, there's always the $1000 frittata - kidding, not kidding. It includes 10 oz of beluga caviar! Can't decide between pancakes or the Benedict? Norma merges both by layering a traditional eggs Benedict on a genius.
If Austin Powers could design a hotel lobby, I feel like this would be it.

Getting lost in all the crazy prints and shag pillows!
The Room - Swoon! As soon as I saw this modern four-poster bed, I was in love. Clean lines, crisp whites and quirky lamps in this huge ultra-relaxed space. It was great to finally be able to spread out!
The hotel has a long history, first as a Holiday Inn in 1959 before Gene Autry (the singing cowboy) coverted it into his Melody Ranch. Merv Griffin puchased and operated the resort in the 90s before it opened as The Parker Palm Springs in 2004.
I loved the quirky retro style of Jonathan Adler's design. It really stayed true to the hotel's roots and it's as far from cookie-cutter as you can get. Above right is a lovely reading chair and a leather pouf. The bathroom (bottom left) had a unique pink and grey mosaic countertop. We used the table & chairs (above left) as an office area for our laptops. Our lovely patio room had a private hammock for lounging and an outdoor sitting area.
The Toiletries - Instead of the usual boring hotel shampoo and soaps, The Parker Palm Springs has curated  a stash of luxurious products across various lines. My favourite had to be the Hermes soap + soap dish which I happily took with me as a souvenir. The pretty bottles of Quercus shampoo and conditioner were a close second. Extra points for medicated lip balm! That's a hotel first.
The Outdoor Fire Pit - is perfect for a late-night snuggle and a glass of wine. It's also great for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. You'll find this along one of the winding paths in the garden.
Catching a quick game of croquet on the fully-equipped croquet lawn. If that's not your cup of tea, The Parker Palm Springs also offers bocce ball, tennis courts, ping-pong, a gym and spa on the resort.

To learn more visit:

The Parker Palm Springs
4200 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California
(760) 770-5000


  1. This is honestly one of my favourite places in the world

  2. Great write up (and photos). I had no idea you might get in for $99 off-season. That makes it a must-visit.