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“The secret garden...” 4 of 5 stars
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Parker Palm Springs
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (Formerly Le Meridien)   |  
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“The secret garden...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Where do I.. is... wait! We passed it!

A little tricky to find, but once you are inside the garden walls, there is a magical whimsical sense. The grounds are so extensive, and the paths so labrynth like, that the desk associate walked us to the room in the north building. Before exiting the building where we passed numerous seating areas, hammocks, fire pits, we passed what can only be described as a living room. Complete with a center fireplace and decor that looks like your wealthy grandmother's uber cool pad. It is amazing.

The room was charming. With vintage photos of Palm Springs, and more vintage decor.

The concierge was friendly and spot on.

It was a great overnight visit. I will come back when I have more time to enjoy and explore the grounds

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ParkerPalmSprings, General Manager at Parker Palm Springs, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Dear Comaaz,

The Living Room is a great spot to sit, relax and enjoy some cocktails next to the fire pit. Our "Secret Garden" is actually 13.5 acres. You really have no need to leave the Estate.

Please let me know when you plan to return for a longer visit to the Estate.

Warm Regards,

Brandon McCurley
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I enjoy this hotel and the amenities it offers. It’s quite unique and I do enjoy that from time to time instead of the standard square-box hotel and elevators set-up. The ground are nice and there is lots to explore – the fire pit, the pools, the tennis courts, restaurants, etc.

I do agree with others that sometimes there are way too many “young adults” around. The weekend day I was at the hotel there were so many checking into rooms and they were quite loud. That took away from the relaxing nature of the hotel.

However, the rooms are well maintained but have a serious lack of electrical outlets. This is a problem for anyone with a laptop or ipad/phone. Nothing was convenient to the desk or bed. The amenities were all a nice touch and by far the best I have seen at any SPG hotel. By the way, tripadvisor notes “formerly Le Meridien” but I booked this hotel through the SPG.COM website using my starwood points. It’s absolutely a current SPG/Starwood property.

I ordered the Bagels and Lox for breakfast and was very pleased at the portion size and how wonderful everything tasted. Thank you for starting my morning off well!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ParkerPalmSprings, General Manager at Parker Palm Springs, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Dear TravelinLeather,

It was a pleasure welcoming you back to the Estate.

Like any other hotel, the vibe will vary from time to time especially if we have a gathering friends and family for a special occasion. The good news is that with 13 acres to explore it is really easy to find a little area that works for you.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.

Warm Regards,

Brandon McCurley
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Sometimes you feel like you've arrived at a playground of the rich and famous. And then other times you feel like you're just at the playground. Maybe it was the time of year, but during our weekend here the place was crawling with spoiled young people (aka brats) who stumbled from dusk to dawn along the gravel pathways in conspicuous displays of designer party wear. The grounds are a Wonderland of greenery, with a pair of inviting pools tucked behind the maze of hedges. The grand entrance and lobby make a better showcase for Jonathan Adler's eye-popping design talents than the rooms, which felt a little clinical in layout (the entire confusing North Building - South Building floor plan seems to have been built with a cheaper property in mind). We checked out with two lingering impressions: Not luxuriating in the pool by the lemonade stand would have been a big mistake; and having breakfast at Norma's was basically what made the whole trip worthwhile. Yep. It's that good folks.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ParkerPalmSprings, General Manager at Parker Palm Springs, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear HotelCalifornians,

Yes, we have a lot of spoiled guests...in fact, our goal is to make sure everyone feels spoiled when at the Parker Palm Springs.

Thank you for sharing your love of our grounds, pools and Norma's. Hope to see you again soon.

Warm regards,

Brandon McCurley
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

My husband and I spent two nights at the PPS in October 2012. We thought this place was really cool. We ended up with a very large corner room, benefit of mid-week stay perhaps? The staff was cordial, but not warm. The design of the property was super cool (thanks to Jonathan Adler). The fire pit room had what we dubbed as a Cracklin Oat Bran divider wall and hanging basket chairs (which we spent some time in with cocktails. The spa, with it's Mediterranean pool room was very unique and relaxing. Lastly, I enjoyed the idea of the adult pool (no kids allowed) with a 'lemonade' stand. All in all, this place is pretty cool. There was also a fashion shoot going on while we were there - no feelings on that, just something to note!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ParkerPalmSprings, General Manager at Parker Palm Springs, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear Elemenohpea,

Thank you for sharing your enjoyment of the Spa, Living Room and the Gene Autry pool.

Our team's greatest strength is their natural and sincere warmth. We're saddened to read you did not feel this consistently. I hope you find the opportunity to return for the full Parker experience.

Please let me know the next time you find yourself coming to Palm Springs.

Sincerely,

Brandon McCurley
General Manager
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Clayton, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This was my second time staying at the Parker and it was even nicer than the first. It's very cool to see how the gardens have grown in giving the place a more intimate and secluded feeling. The staff is about the best I have ever encountered.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ParkerPalmSprings, General Manager at Parker Palm Springs, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear Corey B,

We love the word PERFECTION, but we always strive for more. Thank you for your appreciation of our team. Our team is the key to our success and we thank them every day.

Warm regards,

Brandon McCurley
General Manager
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Had business nearby and stayed at the hotel with family for two nights. We arrived at 2:00 am in the morning. The welcome staff in the front was very attentive, and we love the way they discreetly announce our arrival to the welcome desk inside. The lobby was very nicely decorated, giving a real show room home feel. The rooms were very clean, spacious, plus the amenities were very well appointed. The bed was firm and very comfortable. I got up early, and found the hotel being even more beautiful in the light. The hotel has an unbelievable spa. The spa massage services were first rate. The decor at the back of the spa was something else. We also had brunch at one of the restaurants, Normas. The server was a gentleman who said he had been there for many years. He was very attentive, polite and funny. It was a very good stay. The service, the food, the surroundings were all impeccable. We will definitely return to Parker Palm Springs.

Room Tip: We checked in on a Sunday. The lady who walked us to our room said Sunday thru Thursday are the bes...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ParkerPalmSprings, General Manager at Parker Palm Springs, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear jspyu,

Despite your business commitments, it appears you used every available minute to enjoy what the Parker Palm Springs has to offer.

The next time you're here be sure to try one of our Muddled Lemonades at the Lemonade Stand or while relaxing at the Gene Autry pool.

Best regards,

Brandon McCurley
General Manager
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was the second time at the Parker within last 6 months for me and the family (4 of us). I would certainly recommend the place both to my family and my friends - had no complains (did have a few the first time around, water under the bridge by now). Friendly, courteous, accommodating. The one dark spot, I guess, and this is all depending on which way you look, is that families with children are not allowed at the main pool, now not even during weekdays. It sat half-empty on this beautiful, sunny day, and we had to settle for the much smaller, plainer one. I'm sure I'd be telling a different story had I been there sans kids. Looking forward to going back again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ParkerPalmSprings, General Manager at Parker Palm Springs, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear damir p,

Thank you for thinking of us when you planned your trip back to Palm Springs. We have continued to work hard as a team to further enhance the experience at the Estate. I am pleased to see this is evident on your second stay.

Look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely,

Brandon McCurley
General Manager
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Also Known As:
Parker Palm Springs Hotel Palm Springs
Parker Palm Springs Hotel
Meridien Palm Springs
Parker Hotel Palm Springs
Address: 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (Formerly Le Meridien)
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Palm Springs
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Springs
#4 Family Hotel in Palm Springs
#5 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
#11 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Parker Palm Springs 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine spending a weekend at your great aunt's home, an extremely elegant lady of indeterminate age. Her home, the Parker Palm Springs, is full of the kind of patina achieved by always purchasing the best, knowing that living well ages all things with a particular beauty. What is Happy Luxe? Happy Luxe is luxury without formality, beauty without pretension, elegance with comfort. ... more   less 
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