Can you keep a secret?
I’ve found my own hideaway and it’s only a 2 hours drive from Los Angeles. Located in Palm Springs, this little slice of heaven is called Parker and it’s everything I could dream of. Picture citrus trees with ripe oranges you can pick off the branches and eat, private swimming pools, cabanas for lounging and a full-service spa. And this is just scratching the surface.
Inside, the hotel is a vision from Jonathan Adler. Picture mod meets chic. Blenko glass, shag carpet, indoor fireplace and lots of colorful (and fluffy!) pillows. Rooms are more subdued yet still full of character with funky tapestry and embroidered pillows. The best part is their toiletries, where else do they provide Hermes soap, Blistex lip balm, Peter Roth sun block and Bvlgari lotion? I couldn’t stop myself from taking everything home with me after my stay!
For food, Parker offers two fine choices right within its premises. Mister Parker’s for dinner and Norma’s for everything else. When you book your room, make sure to mention Glutton’s Delight. It’s an unbelievable deal where your room is $199 for the night and it comes with $200 worth of food credit. Almost as if your stay is free!
To utilize the deal, my friend and I dined at Mister Parker’s for dinner. You can find the restaurant by its psychedelic door and a red light when it’s open. Step inside the room and you’re enveloped by dark woods, mirrors and nudie art work—how I imagine a bachelor’s den from the 60s to be. Order a glass of wine and enjoy the short ribs.
As for brunch, Norma’s is the natural choice as Mister Parker’s is only opened for dinner. Right as you sit down, a server appears out of nowhere to present you with an amuse bouche, a double shot of the day’s smoothie of the day. Everything on the menu is tempting and no doubt delicious, but be sure to get their potato pancake with cranberry apple sauce and carrot payasam as it won the James Beard Award! The Waz-Za (waffle with buleed fruit) and traditional eggs benedict are both solid as well.
After all that food, it’s best to work it off by walking on the hotel’s grounds as it’s full of little surprises. For the more adventurous, they have beach cruisers you can ride around town. Or if you’re me, just spa it up at Psyc (Palm Springs Yacht Club). Indoor pool, Arabian tents, steam room and personal ipods makes me a happy camper.
I’m already planning my escape back to Parker…