I was given a gift this week, essentially, with a perfectly timed, work-mandated visit to the West Coast. With temperatures dropping and snow expected up and down the East Coast, my destination: Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs, often referred to as simply The Parker. My blood pressure seemingly dropped almost upon arrival, and I left for LA yesterday with a new appreciation for the desert - if only the wildly glamorous desert experience of The Parker.
Designed down to every detail by Jonathan Adler, half of one of the most stylish couples I know (Simon Doonan is his partner, and I hesitate to use the term "better half" - after all, how can a girl choose?), every element at The Parker is thoughtfully chosen. I landed in a spacious Junior Suite, replete with killer photography of style mavens like Diana Vreeland, a framed illustration by Ruben Toledo and reading material that included The Andy Warhol Diaries in vintage hardcover.
The lobby and the grounds at the Parker are the true masterpiece, though. Expect glorious florals, the seductive smell of fresh orange blossom, and comfort above all, with playful hidden nooks, and naughty design touches.
It would be hard to call a stay at the Parker well-rounded without breakfast at Norma's (a Midtown New York breakfast staple, renowned for creative comfort food), copious amounts of pool time, and a spa treatment at the indulgent Palm Springs Yacht Club (I gave in to a massage with Jared and as Edith Piaf once sang so eloquently, I have no regrets).
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Oversized Chessboard at The Parker
Lobby of The Parker
Lobby Fireplace at The Parker
Junior Suite at The Parker
Ruben Toledo illustration of Isabel Toledo above bed
Lemonade Stand at the Parker Palm Springs
Staircase at The Parker
More Lobby Seating at The Parker