The Parker is a unique and wonderful place. Quiet and peaceful; smallish and cozy. The foliage is dense, allowing for semi-private seating areas throughout and porches off of the rooms. It also creates a camp-like feeling at night. One can get lost due to the lack of signage on the pathways. The staff is proactive and attentive. The vintage 1960s-70s decor is great! Anyone who remembers macrame will find a blast-from-the-past here. The only negative aspect of my experience was the obscene prices at the hotel restaurants. $25 for a cheeseburger at lunchtime! $8 for coffee! That is nuts.
Breakfast at Norma's (restaurant) was $44, including the tax and tip. My order was for blueberry pancakes and coffee! After I paid the bill and prepared to leave, the waitress OFFERED me a to-go cup of coffee. I accepted with enthusiasm, assuming that it was reciprocity for patronizing the restaurant. The next day, at checkout, I was astonished to learn that $8 had been added to my room bill for the coffee. The front-desk clerk removed the charge upon hearing my objection, but the whole episode seems like a shabby way to treat customers. (Also, there is no option for getting quick cup of coffee and pastry for breakfast. All food is dispensed through the restaurant.)
Luckily, Palm Springs has many other restaurants and grocery stores, which we took advantage of during our stay at the Parker.More
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