Not sponsored or perked by the Parker Palm Springs. I paid for my getaway in full. Just thought I'd share.
Last week was my first time to stay at the Parker Palm Springs, even though I had been there before for lunch and the spa. But I discovered that if you go during the week, you can book the spa package, with a $200 spa credit for each night you stay. This is enough to cover a massage or a facial including gratuity. So for three nights, I had $600 worth of spa credits. This was plenty of spa-ing for me. I got two massages and a facial and spent long chunks of time reading in the hot tub. Trust that I know how to “get away.”
I booked the most economy room they offered, the estate room, which was just fine for a few days alone. The thing you might should know about some of the coolest Palm Springs hotels is that they’re old. They’re very stylishly decorated (The Parker is designed by Jonathan Adler), but they’re still old. A little worn around the edges in a homey way. It’s a different brand of luxury than you might be thinking.
I ate breakfast every day at the little cafe and while pricey, it was delicious and the service was good. I ordered room service three times and only once was it worth the price. (The buffalo chicken pizza was what I loved. For lunch one day I ordered an expensive bowl of french onion soup that arrived with nothing else, no bread, no crackers, nothing. Another time the meal was late and not what I ordered.) So, in most cases I’d recommend the cafe first.
During the week the place was all but empty. I had the pool and spa to myself both days. The main area of the spa is co-ed, so you must wear a swimsuit if you plan to get in the hot tub or pool. One of my massages was great and one was just okay, and my facial was very nice, leaving my skin truly glowing.
There is something very special about The Parker. I just felt good there, and it wasn’t just because of the warm California sunshine. Even with a small hiccup the service was good, and I was blissed out for the whole stay. The Parker Palm Springs may well become my new private getaway.