Parker is one of my favorite places in Palm Springs area. The grounds are beautiful, fun, and entertaining. I've visited here a few times in the last 12 months, and spent my last birthday here (surprise gift from boyfriend). Here is a summary of my latest experience:
Guest Services - after arriving I had limited amount of time to eat before my spa appointment. It was a challenge to find someone to help, then to get help from the girl who just arrived for her shift. Finally was able to order the tuna cobb salad, which was awful.
Spa - not the prettiest. Tiny changing room. Disappointing amenities in the changing room. Rough robe that smelled like fish. While sitting in the waiting room I contemplated getting into the hot tub in the nude, as would be normal at Burke Williams or Canyon Ranch Spas. Thankfully right before I acted upon my thought, a gentlemen walked into what I now knew was a co-ed waiting room. Think that should be pointed out as it's not a standard amongst spas. My appointment was for a sugar scrub, which was nice as they usually are. The scrub and balm used smelled great and were gentle on my sensitive skin. My skin glowed after the treatment. I was happy to be able to plug my iPhone and play my own music. Was disgusted to find some sort of dirt on the shower curtain in my treatment room. Almost fell on the floor, as my feet were oily after the scrub and you have to get up and walk to the shower to rinse off, yet the floor was not secured with any towels - accident waiting to happen. In the treatment room many electric cords are exposed on the ground, giving the impression of cheap, unthoughtful design. Overall it was a nice and relaxing experience.
Rooms - cute design. Nice bathroom amenities. No food or snacks in the room, at all. Fridge only has beer, water and coke - very strange. No modern amenities like dock for my iPhone. Pretty hard mattress. Overall enjoyable for the $200 a night rate, not more.
Grounds - I love the grounds' design. Tall bushes creating walls, bunnies running around, hummingbirds, fire pit is lovely at night, yet the chairs are extremely uncomfortable. The lounge area outside of the restaurant is great for relaxing in the evening. I love the hammocks, but wish they were also made from comfortable fabric not the painful rope design.
Pools - Family pool is nice, yet the water looked hazardous to get into (super dirty). The adult pool is pretty with palms in the background, comfortable lounge chairs, umbrellas and nice towels. Service is ok - takes a while to get their attention.
FOOD - this is the biggest issue for me with this property (and most places in Palm Springs for that matter). The salad I had for lunch was very questionable. For my $200 birthday dinner I was convinced by the waiter to order their most popular dish - the ribs. They can call it whatever they want, all it really is is butter, butter, butter with some more butter. Eating it was not enjoyable. Feeling sick for three hours on my birthday after eating the dish was also not enjoyable. Finally throwing up that awful dish was the highlight of my birthday evening. So, be very careful ordering anything from Mr. Parker, Norma's or Lemonade. When I ate there last year the food was good. I don't know what happened, chef or manager change? Food is simply dangerous here. The only dish that felt safe and ok was the Falafel by the pool. I'd stay away from meats, fish, and dairy here.
All in all I will probably be back to enjoy tea in the lounge, stroll on the grounds and lay in the hammock for a bit on my next visit to Palm Springs. I do appreciate that they allow small dogs and my little one loves hanging out with us. Especially in the bird nest chairs hanging from the ceiling in the lounge. I might even buy one of their spa-room deals for a girl's weekend, as the weather in Palm Springs is a lovely escape from cold Los Angeles nights (in Palm Springs evenings are warm so you can relax in shorts or a dress - a treat from the sweater at night weather in LA). But I will be extremely careful ordering food.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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