If you have been travelling along with me on my west coast journey you may remember we had a date at the Parker last time I signed off…
So here we are. There is no doubt one is spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in Palm Springs, however as a first time visitor it’s hard to go past the Parker.
Originally built in 1959 as California’s first holiday-inn – the hotel now has become notable for Johnathan Adler’s fabulous Resurrection…with elements of mid-century coolness and a nod to old Hollywood glamour.
The setting of the hotel around fabulous gardens and grounds makes you feel like Alice (in Wonderland) – there is delightful sense of having slipped into another world where anything is possible. An afternoon of pétanque and gin fizzes, followed by tennis and a swim or there is croquet, table tennis, bike riding or hiking but let’s not get ahead of our selves…
as there is also this very inviting hammock…and a few other surprises in the grounds but I don’t want to reveal EVERYTHING 🙂
Of course I had my eye on the interior details too …
and they did not disappoint…and it was exactly the inspiration we came away for.
But when day becomes night, the Parker has that mood covered too…with the fire pit all to ourselves & the smallest coolest bar just a few steps away – Counter Reformation – great for drinks & dinner.
Lamp light, high ceilings and mid-century elements makes every corner very instagrammable.
After our time in the desert (any excuse would do) it was natural that we needed to retreat to the ironically named PSYC – Palm Springs Yacht Club for a little R & R, the decor here was well, extravagant and extroverted but all in a good cause…we had fun 🙂
If you are planning a trip to Palm Springs, this is not your conventional hotel experience, it’s tongue in cheek attitude sits side by side with some serious design credentials. Splurge for a few nights, you will be happy you did!
I am already imagining my next visit…
*Next stop Malibu