What We Love
- The well-curated art throughout the property (see if you can spot the David Hockney and original Lichtenstein)
- No TVs makes it that much easier to unplug here
- The shuffleboard court and polka-dot-painted English bicycles for guests—two amenities that have existed since the hotel's first incarnation
What To Know
- Rooms are divided between Good, Better, and Best—book Better for a wet bar or Best for a private balcony or patio with mountain views
- Sunday brunch at the Pantry is <i>de rigeur</i> but there's only 24 seats, so book early
- The tiles lining the lobby bar were inspired by Italian architect Gio Ponti
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Reinvigorated 1950s retreat with the same midcentury mindset but a new modern edge
Owners Jeff Brock and Richard Crisman (the same minds behind Sparrows Lodge) have breathed new life into Hubert Burns’ once beloved but since dilapidated Chase Hotel—a 28-room bolt-hole with gorgeous midcentury bones but tired interiors. In the redubbed Holiday House, rooms are now cheery and bright with blue-and-white rugs and bedspreads, walnut backsplashes, and rattan furniture, and the lobby is its own kind of marvel with travertine floors and artwork by the likes of David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein. The color scheme continues in the outdoor patio, where navy striped sectionals sit beside a shuffleboard court, as well as the library, whose sofa upholstery is the same fabric that covers the walls.
In the Area
The Holiday House’s location is hard to beat: it’s within walking distance of all sorts of restaurants and bars, plus the convention center. The excellent Brickworks is across the street, where you can (and should) stop in wood-fired pizzas with toppings like black pepper honey, crispy bacon, and smoked gouda. Romantics will want to book a table at Pomme Frite, a Belgian bistro with fabulous mussels and lots of California wines by the glass. Outdoorsy types should reserve a day for a hike in Indian Canyons, home to rock art, waterfalls and stunning desert scenery. Indoors types will prefer the Palm Springs Art Museum, a gem of a museum just blocks from the hotel.
How to Get There
We travelled to Palm Springs for a winter get away and loved the city, architecture, food scene and Holiday House. There is a fun, relaxed vibe about the property - from the service to the decor to the comfort. Our room was a highlight. It was spacious, well designed and appointed, comfortable and quiet. The 'mini-bar' wins as the best I've ever experienced! It was too cold to use the pool but looked like a fun place to hang.
The only criticisms/suggestions I'd make are that the breakfast offering is fairly standard and repetitive. I truly think HH could up their game in terms of the creativity, variety and service at breakfast. Finally, we found the 'relaxed' staff/service a bit lacking. As said, the overall vibe is great but I feel the staff could be a bit more attentive. They came across as a 'neighbour or friend' rather than hospitality pros. That said, we'd stay here again and will recommend it to friends.
The Holiday House is a really great property with nice and colorful rooms, a wounderful pool and amazing views. Very nice details in the room and lobby such as books, cocktail mixer etc. Staff could be more friendly and interested.
We have been recommended by friends who had a great time. We were greeted by the owners themselves. They really know how to make you feel. It is nice to be welcomed warmly, like in someone’s house. I love that they have so many Rose’s by the glass. The food is very good, a special shoutout for the chicken salad. We will come back. Thank you to the owners Jeff and Richard for making us feel so special.
I'm taking the time to post on all hotel review websites etc, because I enjoyed my stay at Holiday House! I stayed from June 5-7, 2019. Keep in mind that I stayed midweek, booked last minute and did luck out with even booking a second night the day of, and was looking for a quiet, relaxing place to unwind :)
If I could stay at the Holiday House forever, I would. The staff is extremely welcoming and the 28 room structure with a pool, hot tub, and plenty of outdoor seating was more than enough for a last-minute weekday (Wed-Fri) solo trip. It was never too crowded or loud, making it the perfect place to unwind and just relax. They also provide towels and sunscreen so if you forget yours, don't worry!
The food on property is pretty good for hotel food as well and the spicy margaritas are some of the best I've had. Their included breakfast is fresh and simple and the way hotel breakfasts should be. They supply homemade bread, yogurt, and fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, etc. The rooms were also more than enough, staying in a "Good" and a "Better" room, both were plenty big and cozy. Only real big difference was an actual kitchenette in the "Better" Room vs. just a huge desk and only a bedroom area in the "Good" Room. The hotel is also in walking distance, right off a side street from the main road in Palm Springs, makign it walking distance from everything, but still quiet enough from late nights as well. The other guests were friendly and everyone kept to themselves but striking up a conversation would've been just as easy. They even have a cute ice cream stand on site that is self serve (ice cream is $4) and bicycles to rent (for free I believe).
Honestly, Holiday House felt like a second home to me and I can't wait to come back again.
For a quiet getaway, book midweek, I was able to book my stay the morning of since it was during the middle of the week, and then I even booked a second day on a whim and there was still availability! Granted this is not always the case but during the week and not near any major holiday, it seems that there is always at least one room or two available for a last minute getaway.
This is a great hotel in a great location. There is a laid back welcoming atmosphere, lovely pool. Short walk to restaurants and bars.
Worth noting that it is adults only and no TVs in the room - if that matters to you. Would definitely stay here again.