Groovy modern-meets-Hollywood glamour, with a touch of hedonism” is how Jonathan Adler describes the look of Parker Palm Springs, a hotel he worked on for its opening in 2004 and then again for its makeover in 2017. Characterised by the use of bright colours and diverse textures, the hotel’s vibrancy reflects Adler’s style and pervades the spaces.
Formerly actor Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch and Merv Griffin’s Givenchy Resort and Spa, the property—which was built on 13 acres—is surrounded by a variety of gardens with the desert and mountains providing a stunning backdrop.
Throughout the renovation, Adler ensured that the historic soul of the hotel was preserved. The 1950s-era and mid-century architecture movement influences were complemented by more contemporary touches. A 7-foot-tall, 900-pound bronze banana lawn sculpture is just one of the new elements— added in 2017 by Adler, who placed eccentricity and colour centre stage. Parker Palm Springs comprises 144 rooms, organised in several categories: The Junior Suites, 600-squarefoot spaces, are described as having “decadent, divine decor”; Poolside Rooms, adjacent to the pool, are “the nest you never need to leave”;
Hammock Rooms, with gorgeous outdoor sitting areas, are “crisp, happy, modern”; the spacious Deluxe rooms feature an “easy-going essence and laid-back luxury”; the Estate Rooms are where “excess meets value.” Finally, 12 one-bedroom Villas—each with a large living room, dining area and private enclosed patio— complement the offering.
Named for the actor and country singer who owned the hotel in 1961 and once lived here, the Gene Autry two-bedroom house—with a living room, dining room, full kitchen, two bathrooms, closet, treatment room with sauna, screening room and lawn— perfectly embodies the spirit of Hollywood. Furnished with several pieces of furniture from Jonathan Adler’s collection, the house architecturally epitomises the mid-century architectural vernacular that defines the Palm Springs region.
The hotel also features five restaurants and bars. Among them, Mister Parker’s is decorated in dark tones with an Old Hollywood Palm Springs style, while Counter Reformation is a hidden wine bar decked with brass details and stylish mirrors.
Visit www.parkerpalmsprings.com for bookings.
Surrounded by the desert and mountains, the hotel is situated on five hectares of landscaped gardens.
The Parker Palm Springs is home to 144 rooms, a two-bedroom house and 12 one-bedroom villas.
Located in Southern California, this hotel has four different restaurants.
The outdoor areas invite guests to enjoy the warm weather.
The spa comprises an indoor pool, in addition to the outdoor pools.
Interior designer Jonathan Adler was in charge of decorating all the interior spaces.
Good to know
Palm Springs is a city located in the Sonoran Desert of southern California, and is famed for its hot springs.
TEXT KARINE MONIÉ PHOTOS PARKER PALM SPRINGS