Location: Nestled on 13 verdant acres in the suburbs of Palm Springs, Calif., is the neoclassical style Parker Palm Springs, a Meridien Hotel. This bougainvillea covered resort estate is positioned within four miles of downtown Palm Springs and the Palm Springs International Airport.
Hotel Features: Breakfast favorites, brunches and lunches are served at Norma's, which features indoor or al fresco dining. Dramatic black and white décor and contemporary silver chandeliers provide the backdrop for the French bistro cuisine presented at mister parker's. Menu items include Sauteed Duck Confit with Truffled Potatoes and Butternut Squash Ravioli in Vin Blanc Sauce. Beverages and light fare, including Falafel Salad and Coconut and Shrimp Ceviche, are available at the poolside Lemonade Stand. Conference rooms are provided, as is wireless Internet access. The hotel's 16,500 square foot spa, the Palm Springs Yacht Club, hosts two indoor pools and spa tubs, steam rooms and saunas. 10 rooms are available for spa services, which include massages and hydrotherapy treatments. A 24 hour fitness center provides treadmills, stationary bikes, stair climbers and Nautilus machines. Tai chi, yoga and Pilates classes are offered, as are a personal trainer and nutritionist for a fee. Additional recreational amenities include two outdoor pools, four European red clay tennis courts, croquet lawns and bocce/petanque courts.
Guestrooms: White brick walls and accents in rich, earth toned hues embellish the 144 guestrooms and suites. Each includes desks, upholstered seating, distinctive artworks and complementary fabrics in contrasting designs. Sliding glass doors open to patios or miniature balconies, which frame views of the garden and pool or mountains. Marble bathrooms contain bathrobes and designer toiletries. All accommodations offer cable television with premium channels, complimentary wireless Internet access and minibars.
Expert Tip: Located four miles away, El Paseo, regarded as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, features more than 300 major retail and specialty shops.