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Parker Palm Springs

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Lounge Chairs at Parker Palm Springs

Lounge Chairs at Parker Palm Springs

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What's Special About Parker Palm Springs:

Opened in 2004, the hotel was formerly Gene Autry's Melody Ranch and Merv Griffin's Givenchy Resort and Spa. Located in the desert against a backdrop of mountains, the Parker Palm Springs is a lush retreat that has hosted stars including Brad/Angelina and Nicole Kidman. (I saw Suzanne Somers having breakfast one morning!) The Parker is full of personality but (thankfully) not attitude.

Guest Rooms at Parker Palm Springs:

  • 144 guest rooms
  • Interesting touches like a hand painted mini bar menu, grass cloth ceilings, sisal flooring, white brick walls, a white four-poster bed with 50s wooden horse lamps and a Ron Galella print of Jackie O in Central Park.
  • The Parker is keen on pampering. At night, soft lambswool rugs are laid out next to your bed. I am a product nut so the bathroom was a real WOW: Hermes and L'Occitane soaps, Molton Brown bath products and Peter Roth sunblock. Need anything? Call the front desk for anything from Moroccan tea to 'counseling.'
  • Rooms come equipped with Wi-Fi and a CD/DVD/MP3 player.
  • Rates: $
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Dining at Parker Palm Springs:

Restaurants include:
  • Norma's is a five-star diner that services breakfast all day in a kitsch indoor restaurant and outdoor terrace. I dug right in to chocolate decadence and mandarin orange French toast, and extra creamy macaroni and cheese with lobster chunks. The chow was worth every calorie!
  • I loved lounging on the overstuffed couches and hammocks that are scattered around the gardens. Order up drinks and munchies from the lobby bar; they'll deliver them outside.
  • Dinner at mister parker'sis French bistro style. Tucked behind a curtain off the main lobby, a low ceiling, sultry colors and a piano bar complete the mood.

Activities and Amenities at Parker Palm Springs:

  • Four red clay tennis courts, two outdoor heated pools with comfortable recliners and access to an 18-hole executive golf course where President Eisenhower hit his only hole in one.
  • The divinely decorated Palm Springs Yacht Club has separate men's and women's indoor pools with outside patios, saunas and steam rooms. Choose from a playlist (hip hop to classical) for your treatment room. Afterwards, the staff will offer a dose of wheat grass or a shot of whiskey!
  • A 24-hour fully equipped fitness center with floor to ceiling windows is stocked with fresh fruit. There is also a serene wood-floored yoga room for stretching.

Good to Know About Parker Palm Springs:

  • Walking paths on the 13-acre property wind around colorful gardens, croquet courts, hammocks and lounge areas with outdoor fireplaces. The grounds are quite magical. No surprise that bunnies run around at dusk.
  • Smoking is allowed on the outside grounds.
  • Dogs are allowed for an extra fee.
  • No need to bring a book. The rooms have stacks of novels by a variety of writers including Jacqueline Suzanne and Harold Robbins.
  • If you want some privacy, rent the Gene Autry house with two-bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, dining room, full kitchen and lawn area or one of12 private one bedroom villas.

The Story of the Parker Palm Springs:

The hotel is created around a fictional character, Mrs. Parker, modeled after the celebrated Auntie Mame. Mrs. Parker travels around the world collecting interesting artifacts. Truth is, Jonathan Adler, noted potter, store owner and designer, shopped estate sales for the eclectic decor to recreate the Palm Springs of the 1950's through the 1970's. The menagerie includes a wraparound couch covered in a Moroccan wedding veil with gold spangles, bells and embroidery, colorful 50's tableware, "leopard' covered lounge chairs and a abstract glass chandelier that is 16 feet long and five feet wide.

Getting to Parker Palm Springs:

Tucked into a private neighborhood two miles from downtown Palm Springs and ten minutes from the airpor
Find a flight to Palm Springs International Airport

Contact Parker Palm Springs:

4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Direct Phone: (760) 770-5000; Reservations: (800) 543-4300
Fax: (760) 324-2188
Email: reservations@theparkerpalmsprings.com
Web site: Parker Palm Springs

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