Hollywood comes to Parker Palm Springs

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”

— Alfred Hitchcock


Hollywood and Palm Springs have had a long and lustrous relationship. From the early days of the Golden Age of film, through the exciting time of young directorial breakthroughs of the ’60s and ’70s, and into this century, our town is where Hollywood has come to relax, play, and escape their agent. Now, with the Palm Springs International Film Festival here, there will be a little business thrown in. 

This year, from January 5 – 16, the film world will be in town to celebrate the best films and performances of 2022. Films from more than 60 countries will be screened and the awards ceremony, hosted by Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner, will honor actor Brendan Fraser with a Spotlight award. For a list of events and films, visit their website.

As a Platinum Hotel Sponsor, our relationship with the festival is now in its second decade. Our property’s distinctive, one-of-a-kind amenities and accommodation are star caliber, and our food and beverage options are exquisite. We also offer some of the most stunning event space in Palm Springs, which one guest called a ‘set designers dream.’

Few places understand the art of relaxation like Parker Palm Springs. Our style, ambience, and Hollywood lineage has earned us the reputation as the best boutique hotel in Palm Springs. In the early days, the legendary singing Cowboy Gene Autry owned our property, which he called Melody Ranch. It was a favorite spot for visiting Hollywood royalty and players of the baseball team Mr. Autry owned, the Anaheim Angels. Eventually, the hotel was purchased by the indefatigable media mogul Merv Griffin and the estate became the exclusive destination where Hollywood met to wheel and deal. 

  • Parker Palm Springs Property Aerial

Today, as a downtown Palm Springs hotel, our private, thirteen-acre desert oasis of soaring palms and fragrant citrus trees continues to be a favorite destination of film makers.  Here, it is easy to relax, let the mind wander, and maybe even dream a little – the perfect environment for inspiration. From private villas and poolside rooms to the exclusive Gene Autry Residence, Parker Palm Springs is the escape you have been looking for.

Days here start as early or late as you want – there is no call sheet at Parker Palm Springs – and the roles you can choose to play are numerous. Couples Retreat is a favorite, where poolside lounging, quiet corner cocktails, and in-room dining are skills to be mastered. Big Night is another popular choice, where decadence is on display and the company of friends, old and new, are an important part of the plot. Or maybe The Last Action Hero, a great off-property desert adventure picture is a better casting call.

No matter which film you choose to star in, the one constant is the quality of light and shadow in the desert  – a golden-tinged, sepia washed, glowing hue that bathes everything it falls on. It wraps you in its arms, caresses you with its warmth, and immediately puts you at ease. It is the feeling that people return for time and again. It is the feeling of Parker Palm Springs. And it is never dull.


About Us

Parker Palm Springs is quietly known as the luxury hotel in Palm Springs. We offer only 144 rooms on thirteen acres of exclusive, private property.

Contact us today to help plan your next vacation, weekend escape, special event, or wedding.


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