"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
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.
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."