Out of all the Starwood Hotels I have stayed at so far, I have to admit The Parker – Palm Springs is one of my favorites. The Parker – Palm Springs was a nice tucked away resort in the heart of Palm Springs, located just about 5 minutes away from the main strip. The Parker is secluded, if you’re not paying close attention, you may miss the entrance.
Palm Springs during the summer is definitely hot. Stayed here on July 13th, 2012 and the temperature outside was approx. 98+ degrees farenheit. But, as soon as Valet whisks your car away, you couldn’t help but notice the huge orange-colored entry door into what you would least expect to be a “perfect” retreat for a weekend getaway.
A few friends of mine have raved about this hotel, which made me inclined to book a night to see what this hotel was all about. Of course I had an idea in my mind of what this hotel looked like, the gallery showed the key features of what this hotel had to offer. But, I had much more appreciation being able to stay in such a fabulous Palm Springs retreat. As you open the double orange doors, you immediately walk into a vintage/chic lobby, with an art deco feel. I was utterly impressed as I walked into the lobby and it was nice to be greeted by the front desk as you’re welcomed in.
As usual, if you are a Starwood Preferred Guest Member, make sure to provide the front desk with your SPG account. We decided to book a one night stay for $269/night. (Eeeek!!!) I know… $269/night? What were we thinking? The package included a $200 Credit Voucher towards their Spa facility, which worked out great because we were both in need of a spa massage! That left us with the room turning out to be $69 + tax and $30/day resort fee. Not too shabby after all!! That is if you are really interested in some R&R and needing a spa massage as badly as I did.
Here are some images of the front lobby:
This property was like a maze! One thing I would have appreciated, is if they had placed signs all over the property to direct guests where the pool, rooms, spa and other facilities were located. If the front desk failed to provide you with their animated map, you may get lost. But, for some visitors, they may not care for signs and actually enjoy venturing the property on their own. After check-in we were pleasantly surprised by the room and toiletries offered:
After staying here for one night, I decided to book the room for one more night. What I absolutely appreciated was the fact that there was an “Adult Only” pool and a “Family” pool. The staff at the adult pool were attentive and the cocktails kept flowing. Besides the pool, the amazing spa experience and quaint rooms, the resort has so much to offer. The lawn area had a fire pit for spending QT underneath the stars, while they bring you chocolate and marshmallows to cook s’mores over the open fire. If you enjoy playing tennis or croquet, they also offer the equipment for you to play a game. Or, if you prefer to venture out of the resort, they also offer bicycles for rent. But, if you are not as adventurous or wanting to stay away from the heat, this resort offers video rentals for you to stay cozy inside the room. Pick your poison, but it appears to me that the paid resort fee is well worth it. This place was FANTASTIC!
- Hotel Ambience: Art Deco and Dainty
- Hotel Staff: Pleasant.
- Hotel Amenities: If you read the above message, there is not much more for me to say. Extremely satisfied.
- Cleanliness of Hotel: Spotless, no complaints.
- Overall Experience: Can’t wait to return. Enjoyed all the amenities, especially the adult pool and PSYC (Spa). Next time I’ll have to try the restaurant and rate their food. To be continued…