Holiday House, the newest “it” spot in Palm Springs, actually has a storied history. Located in the heart of downtown, it was originally built in 1951 by mid-century architectural designer Herbert W. Burns — one of the most important figures in the creation of modernist style in the desert. When the property first opened to the public, it was billed as a luxury getaway for exclusive and select clientele. Over the years, it changed hands and names a few times, most recently as The Chase Hotel. In 2017, Holiday House reopened with its original name and spirit — not to mention, a gorgeous redesign by Mark D. Sikes and the team behind Sparrows Lodge.
The best way to describe the 28-room boutique hotel is as a true escape. Upon arrival, you’re offered rosé sangria and a set of love beads. The common areas offer communal seating or intimate alcoves — you can mingle at the bar, or take your beverages to the garden. For activities, you can play a round of shuffleboard or take a polka-dotted bike out for a spin. Or, might we suggest admiring the property’s art collection? You’ll see pieces by David Hockney, Roy Liechtenstein, Herb Ritts, Alex Katz and Mr. Brainwash, with a garden sculpture by Donald Sultan. (#Goals.)
The rooms are beautifully appointed, featuring Waterworks bath hardware and oversized showers along with Mark D. Sikes custom textiles, a curated artwork collection, and an extensive mini-bar. Here, you’ll see old favorites alongside hard to find options like Gem & Bolt Mezcal, plus a few cheeky options like a book titled How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide. The only thing missing from the room is actually something you won’t miss at all — there are no televisions onsite, further encouraging the escape.
It wouldn’t be a Palm Springs experience without poolside food and beverage, and Holiday House certainly does not disappoint. The Pantry offers a continental breakfast to start your day, and a fresh take on classic, simple “Americana” fare for later. (We suggest the HH Lobster Roll and the Avocado Chicken Salad.)
This is a hotel where you feel like family — after all, the staff greets you with a “Welcome Home” upon return each evening. After one getaway, we have a feeling you’ll vow to never stay anywhere else in the desert. Start the slideshow, or learn more here.