This trip was our first to Palm Springs, and we left our home with snow on the ground, which made the whole thing more delicious. In Palm Springs on business, we had only two nights there. Only left the hotel briefly to attend the International Film Festival, then out on an early flight the next morning.
We arrived at The Parker exhausted from weeks of travel and discovered the recuperative powers of the hotel, the staff, the stunning weather, and the quirky, retro groove of the place. This hotel could not exist on the East Coast. Lushly planted and well maintained, the grounds felt like a comfortable, almost foreign habitat. We spent the first morning getting lost in the maze of paths and discovering the surprises salted away there - the bocce courts with the wicker chairs and tables (felt very French), the fire pit with the ring of white canvas chairs, a wonderful scene at night, the Lemomade Stand with the killer Margueritas.
Our room was huge and full of light and comfort. Great reading chairs, leather ottomons for foot rests, huge bathroom with double French doors. Wonderful view of the pool across the grass lawn. The turndown service was especially thoughtful with special touches everywhere.
The hotel was slammed with business because of the Film Festival, but if you were not there for the event, you probably would not have noticed. The After Party was held in the ballroom of the hotel, but the staff was so well rehearsed in the preparations that they were almost invisible. We travel a lot, and it is the staff of this hotel that I would call out as outstanding. Under enormous pressure during our stay, they still managed to take great pains to ensure that our visit was perfect. And they succeeded.
When I needed to get into my email account and couldn't remember the new password, the concierge, Andre, talked me into guessing the right one. Took about 10 minutes. Before entering the After Party a member of the staff offered to take my package and hold it at the desk until checkout next morning. This amid hundreds (thousands? Seemed like it) of attendees! Everyone on the staff was willing to take the time needed to make us comfortable. Didn't use the spa, but can highly recommend the salon on the premises for hair and makeup. At the Film Festival, while backstage, the stylist from the hotel was doing the makeup for the stars (Helen Mirren, Helen Hunt, etc.) when he saw me there he offered to do a "touch up." he powdered my nose and fluffed my hair and made me feel like a movie star too!
We loved this hotel, loved everything about it. Didn't even mention the food - Norma's was good if pricey. I have to figure out how to get back to Palm Springs again. It seemed like a slice of heaven!
- Also Known As:
- Parker Palm Springs Hotel Palm Springs
- Parker Palm Springs Hotel
- Meridien Palm Springs
- Parker Hotel Palm Springs
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- 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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