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We Like Our Binders Full of Hotel Facts

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  Site Where: 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
October 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

One very excellent reason to sit and scan the amenity notes in those thick leather "Hotel Information" binders: the unexpected freebies. For example, the JW Marriott Lima binder notes that they offer complimentary shoe polish service and we've read many other hotel binders to find out properties have deals with nearby swanky gyms for guest access.

BUT! The most important time to examine a hotel binder comes when you're charged a dreaded resort fee. Milk that. The $30 per night fee at the Parker Palm Springs includes Internet access, valet parking, fitness center and spa access, a newspaper and—the surprise—morning coffee service.

Without reading the fine print, you'd be calling Norma's (one of the hotel's restaurants) for their French press coffee service at $6 per person before service fee and tip. You see—binders can be good, though we only like 'em full of hotel facts (not women!).

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What is The Parker Palm Springs' 'Waz-Za?'

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  Site Where: 4200 East Palm Canyon Drive [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92264
December 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM | by | ()

It's called the "Waz-Za?" and we're assuming that's because of the jealousy of other diners when this $20 Belgian waffle is deliver to you. Like a "what's that?" The menu description says only "fruit inside, fruit outside—crackly brulee top," but the magic isn't in listing off ingredients; it's in seeing the blueberries and bananas right there, glistening under the hot desert sun.

The Waz-Za is something we recently tried at the emphatic suggestion of a good friend and Palm Springs veteran. Our waitress nodded approvingly at our choice, so we knew we'd done well.

Normally we wouldn't shell out $20 for a glorified fruit waffle, but this is Norma's at The Parker Palm Springs, where regular buttermilk pancakes are $18 and a Lobster Frittata can be ordered with 1oz of Sevruga Caviar for $100, or 10oz for $1,000. In other words, this hotel restaurant isn't your average diner breakfast. But alas, there is a way to get that Waz-Za without worrying at all about the cost...

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