See the perfect mash-up of Palm Springs’ 1950s roots and post-modern eclecticism at this five-star hotel (technically called Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs), with equal parts mid-century-suave and 21st-century debauched movie star. Parker Palm Springs, opened in 1959 as California’s first Holiday Inn, was snapped up in 1961 by the “Singing Cowboy,” Gene Autry, who used it as the spring-training home of his baseball team, the California Angels. Autry built his own private residence at the back of the property, and the ultra-private, period-perfect house, complete with its own saline pool, is now available for overnight stays—but it will set you back a little over $5,300 per night.
Given a $27 million makeover by designer Jonathan Adler in 2003, the Parker Palm Springs now stands as one of the “it” spots for seclusion-seeking celebs, who love the privacy of its high white walls, dense hedges, and off-the-grid entrances. And when they’ve had enough seclusion, there’s always the patio, which is one of the great see-and-be-seen scenes in the region. But even non-A-listers can mingle there or luxuriate in the eye-popping lobby with its hipster chic decor.
Two exceptional dining locations do not disappoint: Norma’s, a bright, open-air terrace restaurant with a California-fresh menu—try the Egg White Frittata during brunch—and Mister Parker’s, a darker, more sequestered, self-described “guy’s guy” kind of place that will cater to your every indulgence, be it a perfectly mixed martini or a steak au poivre. Also be sure to drop in at Counter Reformation, Parker Palm Spring’s “shrine to great wine,” to get some bites with your vino selection. Word is these folks are experts at wine-and-food pairings.
For those looking for an ultra-luxe spa experience, check into the Parker’s Palm Springs Yacht Club for everything from facials to wraps, reflexology, and massage.