parker palm springs
parker palm springs parker palm springs
jul 25, 2010

parker palm springs

grounds of the parker palm springs with palm trees and landscaped gardens image © designboom

the parker palm springs is a luxury boutique hotel in palm springs, california, USA. it is situated on palm canyon drive, in the coachella valley – in the shelter of the san jacinto mountains. it opened in 1959 as california’s first holiday inn, then became singing cowboy gene autry’s melody ranch until it was revamped in the merv griffin’s resort hotel & givenchy spa in the 1990s. the property was purchased in 2004 by jack parker, who also owns le parker meridien in new york.

image courtesy the parker palm springs

the hotel has 131 rooms, 12 one-bedroom villas (and the original gene autry house), set in 14 acres of lush desert gardens.

at the lemonade stand, an adorable place by the pool image © designboom

vaporizers in action image © designboom

and fresh lemonade at the pools image © designboom

open air lounge image courtesy the parker palm springs

an open air lounge, located next to the pool area image © designboom

chlorine-free saline pool image © designboom two pools are here to refresh you : the chlorine-free saline pool and the silicone valley pool, which is located on the north lawn and contains an adjacent whirlpool.

whirlpool image © designboom

balinese bench image © designboom

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the silicone valley pool is surrounded by … image © designboom

estate rooms and patio rooms image © designboom

image courtesy the parker palm springs

open air lobby image © designboom

open air lobby image © designboom

norma’s restaurant, a perfect citrus-colored scene for breakfast

norma’s tables with bird-shaped ceramic salt and pepper shakers that designer jonathan adler made specifically for the hotel image courtesy the parker palm springs

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the villas – private courtyard image © designboom

the villas – kitchen image © designboom the villas – hanging wicker chairs swinging in the living room image © designboom

parker palm springs opened in 2004, and at the time, the US designer jonathan adler envisioned the hotel as ‘your great aunt’s estate’ – she likes the irregular, geometric shapes of ’60s décor and mixes them with peruvian wall hangings, statuary of exotic animals and sequins on her couch pillows, right?

bedroom image courtesy the parker palm springs

bedroom image © designboom

marble bathrooms and amenities image © designboom

image © designboom at night, watch the stars while lying in a lounge chair or rocking in a hammock.

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the garden design was done by elysian landscapes in LA. the idea was to create intimate little nooks tucked away in the meandering paths of the garden.

the kumbaya-ready fire pit that is surrounded by butterfly chairs image © designboom

image courtesy the parker palm springs

fireplace by night image © designboom

relaxation spots have been created and hidden all around, with water and fire for the guests’ peace and tranquility. image © designboom

the exterior of the spa looks like a versace version of versailles image © designboom

spa lounge with shop image © designboom a daily resort fee (of 30 USD) covers access to the spa facilities, the gym, valet parking and, if there are any during the slow season, exercise classes.

the cheekily named palm springs yacht club, or PSYC for short image © designboom

yoga mats image © designboom

the spa lounge and boutique image © designboom

the lobby features knights in armor,  wire-based warren platner chairs … image © designboom

in the lobby, your attention is drawn to numerous decorative items arranged together, even though you wouldn’t expect them to be, since their styles and colors are so different.

… a fireplace … image courtesy the parker palm springs

… leather chesterfield sofa and a wall rug … image © designboom

… and a vintage store sign that says ‘drugs’. image © designboom

the lobby image © designboom

palm springs the first visitors came around the turn of the 20th century to soak in the hot mineral-spring baths and recuperate from respiratory ailments in the dry desert air. the desert ecosystem reduces the four seasons to two – from warm with chilly nights (winter) to dry, hot, and somewhat deserted (summer). palm springs is a year-round getaway and has always felt like a place suspended in time. the real action began in the 1920’s, when palm springs became a hollywood hideaway filled with mediterranean villas built by silent-film stars.

a twinkling glassware collection image © designboom

from those rowdy rich who wined, dined, and gambled to a movie-star retirement home in the seventies, the parker is probably the most ambitious attempt to restore the luster of palm springs. in any case, during the high-heat, low-price summer, it’s a good destination to escape crowds.

the parker palm springs, 4200 east palm canyon drive, (888) 450-9488 more info on the website (which has hilarious movies).

  • Seems to be a nice place

    Uhh me want holidays says:
  • Very kitsch!

    Renata Rubim says:
  • finally a hotel with character and not one more of these super-cool over-designed anonymous holiday blocks.

    astrid says:
  • Quite the pad. Nice to see it has a character that the regular hotels lack. Think it’s Gene Autry, rather than Autarky d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Jetwax
    yes of course it is gene autry –
    uhh, a freudian slip!

    anita/designboom says:

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