The Parker Palm Springs is resort living on a whole new level. (theparkerpalmsprings.com)
Palm Springs has had a recent resurgence in new resort openings with conglomerates like the Hard Rock Hotel chain and Joie de Vivre group entering the market. The bustling resort town is welcoming the Hard Rock and Saguaro tourist much like it has embraced the hipster crowds coming into town for events like Coachella and Stagecoach. For those wanting more of a resort weekend and less of a Pabst Blue Ribbon weekend, don’t fret because the Parker has stood the test of time and is a perfect weekend getaway hotspot.
The Jonathan Adler-designed resort sits on a sprawling 13-acre estate. It boasts three hospitality outlets. Mister Parker’s is a dimly lit restaurant with wonderful signature cocktails and eccentric décor. The Mini Bar is a wonderful lobby bar where guests can drink, eat and be merry in an area that is reminiscent of your aunt’s living room. Norma’s is the five-star diner with comfort food served all day and breakfast clearly being paramount.
The property, which was originally opened in 1959 as California’s first Holiday Inn, has two pools. One is “Adults Only” and is open 24 hours, while the other is a saline pool perfect for post-spa treatment dips.
Boutique hotels have long been known to cause guests to be visually in awe when they first arrive but then slowly disenfranchised by the service or amenities. The Parker certainly maintains a wonderful sense of awe from décor to cocktails to whimsical green walkways. This is resort living on another level. Only 110 miles from Los Angeles, this is a must see.
For more information, visit theparkerpalmsprings.com.