Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Parker Palm Springs

 
"This hotel has racked up an impressive number of names in its seventy-year history. Once Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch estate, it was, for a time, the Merv Griffin Resort, then the Givenchy Hotel and Spa—and now, after a substantial rethink by lifestyle designer Jonathan Adler, it’s back; this time as Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs, or simply The Parker."



"And its new style is difficult to pin down as well—it’s been described as “hippie chic,” but its promiscuous blend of periods and references is an Adler trademark, and alternately recalls the Mod Sixties, the feel-good Seventies, and the classic Rat Pack vibe that Palm Springs is known for."









 
"This town, after all, used to be where the stars fled to from Hollywood—and the Parker is a conscious attempt to recapture the glamor of those bygone days."







"Palm Springs skewed older, blander, and more Republican over the decades, but those trends are reversing, and today the stars are coming back."







 
"Looking around the Parker, it's easy to see the appeal; every detail calls out for attention, from the bubblegum pink of the bellhop's uniforms, to the occasional animal-print rug, and the inclusion of such refreshingly old-school games as croquet and petanque, alongside the red clay tennis courts and the five-star diner, Norma's."











"And underneath it all, the Parker is quite possibly just as luxurious as it was in the Givenchy days, though miles less pretentious-and, conversely, miles cooler than it was during the Merv Griffin years."




The grounds are secluded and intimate.




There are succulents,


bougainvillea, cacti and


palm trees.


It's breathtaking.


We strolled the grounds.








There were parties in progress and delivery boys on bikes.




A view of one of the pools


surrounded by gorgeous roses and palm trees.




There are cozy spots sprinkled throughout.


A glimpse into one of the shops adjacent to the spa.


I love the wallpaper, fabric and light fixture!


My favorite photo!



"There’s a golf course, of course, this being Palm Springs and all, as well as several pools, and the spa is still here, whimsically re-christened the Palm Springs Yacht Club."


"PSYC" for short.
















30 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

I've seen images of the Parker Palm on Jonathan Adler's site and loved it. Your shots are terrific, Terri. especially loved the 'drugs' sign. I know you had a blast! wonderful piece. thanks so much!

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

This is fantastic! I've missed you while I took some time away! xo erica

Raina Cox said...

I have the biggest crush on J. Adler. This is my favorite project of his.

1 Funky Woman said...

I would love that Drugs sign! What does that say about me? Fabulous decor, I hope I get there someday!

The Zhush said...

I love this post, and will probably come back and visit it again and again! At least until I can get to that hotel and spa in person! How cute are those PYSC pillows and shirts? Really, its just ALL so good!

ashlina said...

this is my favorite hotel in palm springs...the riviera is also amazing. hope you guys got to go....
anytway, those are some amazing photos my sweet! and those two hotties in the photos (j + e) look fantastic...nobody is hotter than those two besides YOU. and i have to say, you are GORGEOUS!!!!! you were my breath of fresh air in palm springs this weekend woman! i definitely did not get enough of you.
when can we play again???? in matching dresses!
oh and clark wanted me to tell you to tell chris that he is ready to face him in ping pong again! asap!
:)
all my love.
xo

Beach House Living said...

I liked the blue door and the roses. It's nice to see the old building remains instead of a bunch of condos.

Marija said...

You certainly didn't disappoint on your first day back to posting! Great images! Love to see fantastic places in all of their "unstaged" glory! Marija

Maya said...

How exquisite! The grounds are just so beautiful. Thanks for sharing..., I love virtual traveling, especially since I've become such a homebody -might be just a (long) phase, who knows.

Privet and Holly said...

Teri....SSHHH! Don't want TOO many people to know about wonderful Palm Springs! (Just kidding.) Your pictures certainly capture that very special spirit that is Palm Springs. We got home on Saturday and I am in PS withdrawal! Luckily the snow was gone or I might be severely depressed! The flowers, the fruit, the palm trees set against snow-capped mountains....be still my heart. Thank you for bringing it all back to me....We are already booked for next year--hooray!

Kathysue said...

Terri, YAY!!! You are back. I was wondering when we would get to see pict of PS. They are wonderful and of course our two fav guys look great as always. Tell Christopher cute picture!!! Glad you are back safe and sound, Missed you,Kathysue

La Dolfina said...

Hi everyone!!!
So happy to hear from you... I miss you guys. I'm still in PS but will be leaving tomorrow evening for LA to spend a few days touring UCLA before heading back Friday. It was so hard to upload this post as the WIFI here is horribly slow and undependable, but I couldn't stand being MIA and needed to connect with my people :)
Much love,
Terri xo

Kitty said...

Dolfina, Darling, it's been too long! As usual your post is gorgeous; it makes me ache for California! I adore hotels (just stayed at the Palmer in Chicago last weekend: the oldest continuously-operating hotel in North America), and I would love to do yoga in that studio space. Be well and happy! Love, Kitty

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Terri; I am having a huge pity party here in Houston. Seriously thrilled that you all had the opportunity to soak in some Palm Springs. I always feel like there are ghosts walking about as this magnificent town has so many stories to tell. Oh, to have walked those streets/dirt paths in the 30's thru the 60's. Have a great time touring UCLA. That's something I've always wanted to do too. Really loved your post, thank you as always. xxx deb

Rebecca June said...

The Parker makes me want to move to Palm Springs. I love the spa/gym. It is nautical and fantastical!

xoxo

Rebecca June

Daisy's Mercantile said...

OMG, looks like your having fun! Miss you and have BIG news when you get back. Call me we will have coffee, can't wait to see you.

Tell all the guys hi for me...

Kerry said...

Terri, I am insanely jealous. I never knew that I wanted to go to Palm Springs until now!! Thank you...I think!

Mélanie said...

The Parker makes me want to fly to Palm Springs , it looks terrific

Cashon&Co said...

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START! I think those entrance doors, the glossy orange doors, are TO DIE FOR. I so wish I had a house where I could have those! And everything, the light fixtures, the papers, the furniture, the grounds, I feel like I just took the best tour via you! Was it a blast? I want more details. :)

Copy Cat Chic said...

I so have to visit this hotel now! Gorgeous :) And I recognize that mirror in the 2nd pic ;) http://www.copycatchic.com/2010/04/mecox-gardens-peacock-mirror.html Sounds like you're having a blast Terri!

lisa golightly said...

Who are you Miss Dolfina, and can I have your life ??!! Your son is quite a looker ... like you ! Here's to more fun in the sun with your men !

xoxo
lisa

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

It looks like a place to hang out and have some casual fun.....like going to a friends house. One with a sense of humour! Thanks for the tour Terri and so glad you had a great time. XO

Lumo said...

Gorgeous photos, you definitely had a great time...

Hamptontoes said...

Wow...I loved looking at every photo (minus the drugs sign...not something I glamorize). I would love to sit in that hammock and then head indoors to enjoy the beauty inside. Now I need to add the Parker to my list of hotels to visit!

eddieross said...

God I miss Palm Springs and you all!! thanks for such a fun time!!
xoxoxo
Eddie + Jaithan

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

So California Cool! Looks like a really great time.

Catherine

Splendid Willow said...

What a trip girlie! And what fun images! I bet they all miss you!

Enjoy LA. Safe trip back!

... an award is waiting for you. Not that you can handle any more (: But feel the love!

Iva said...

looks like you had such a great time!!!

sealaura said...

great post! makes me want to run there this weekend! beautiful pictures. glad you enjoyed it.

Noel Solomon said...

Hi Terri!! I think I could stroll around that place all day~ I love all the lush greens and bit of hollywood history.

Thank you for the comment on Cru :-)) I'm having lots of fun with it. You're the best!

Hope you have a fun weekend~

Lots of love,
Noel