The Parker is one of Palm Springs’ most popular and famous hotels, so we were excited to check it out on our recent trip to the desert. We left with mixed feelings about it, so we wanted to share our experience, both good and bad. While we understand that Norma’s is a very popular brunch spot, we would not recommend spending your time or money here. We attempted to have brunch, but ended up paying for our coffee and leaving, We heard many locals agree. Instead, save Norma’s for dessert (see details below). We’d suggest skipping all the obvious lobby dining areas and head out back to the secret wine bar. To find it, you’ll need to walk past the sign outside Normas that says “Hotel Guests Only” and it will be down the path tot the left. Counter Reformation is small, dark, and in complete contrast to the rest of the hotel, which was decorated by Jonathan Adler, but they offer a very limited menu and curated wine list that is very good, and very reasonably priced. All the wine on the list is the same price ($7 for 3 ounces, $12 for 6 ounces, or $42 for a bottle), and the selections on the list were interesting and different. We sampled a few of their reds, including a Williamette Valley Pinot and a Cabernet from Columbia Valley, Washington.