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
This is my go-to spot in Palm Springs for a long weekend and it does not disappoint -- it totally delights. The property is beautiful, the decor swoon-worthy, the location prime, the staff friendly but not overbearing, and the drinks and food fantastic (try the grapefruit Paloma). And somehow the whole place smells lovely! The only bad thing about Holiday House is having to leave after the weekend is over. Can't wait to book my next stay.
This was my second stay at Holiday House and as smitten as I was the first time, this stay truly solidified it as one of my annual must visits! Let's start with the staff- EVERYONE went out of their way to make my boyfriend and I feel at home and taken care of from the moment we sat down for a drink ( or 3). We had just been met with a TERRIBLE airbnb experience and even in the midst of setting up for a large dinner Terra, Jessica, Ashley and the rest of the crew took their time to make us feel valued, like we were going over to a close friend's house to commiserate after a long night out.
We had no intention of staying but Terra, the GM, made us feel so good that we decided to swap one bad memory for a great one. They only had two rooms left and Jessica showed us both so we could choose. The room itself is ADORABLE. A huge king bed that was so comfortable I slept like a log, decor that would please even the pickiest instagrammer with thoughtful details like seersucker terry cloth robes and monogrammed bathroom floors.
It was FRIED CHICKEN FRIDAY ( yes, that is a real thing that will change the way you feel about food) and even though we didn't have reservations the staff made us plates and let us sit at the bar. The meal included the juiciest chicken you have ever tasted with a flavorful but not overpowering skin, cheesy mashed potatoes that were so good no adjectives impressive enough have been invented to describe them, ratatouille ( yum!), home made biscuits with thyme butter and the most decadent brownie you have ever tasted- Chef Gabe is a master and I bow down.
After hobbling to bed that night I woke up to a DELICIOUS breakfast that was included in our rate- and it wasn't an afterthought- a full on delicious breakfast. Then after all that eating we decided to take out their polka dot bikes and explore the neighborhood while burning off some calories. There was no rental fee! The pool has an incredible old hollywood/ palm springs in its prime vibe where it is fun but not overcrowded. The drink menu is well selected and the property allows people to bring their pets which makes for an easy way to meet other guests. My boyfriend and I literally have been scoping out dates ever since trying to figure out how to get back there.
After Friday's meal I am itching to try out their Cantina night or sneak up for another weekend. This is a MUST EXPERIENCE PLACE. Go for the free Rose at check in and thank me later!
My husband and I were planning a trip to Maui in December but we’re unable to secure the accommodations we wanted and decided to try Palm Springs for a change .
We had never been there but thought a short quick flight would be nice and wanted to stay in a small boutique hotel .
I can’t say enough about the Holiday House!
We booked five nights and actually ended up staying an extra night because we loved the hotel, the location and the top quality rooms and staff.
The rooms are so well appointed, clean and very comfortable.
We booked a dinner at their sister hotel the Sparrows which was a family-style meal which was very well worth the money. We will definitely be visiting again and looking forward to relaxing by the pool and riding the complementary bikes around town.
Thank you to Tara who looked after us and anything we needed. She is top notch in customer service! The owners of this beautiful boutique hotel have done it right!
Nancy & Bryan
My girlfriend and I had just had four days at a house in Joshua Tree that turned out to be the Airbnb from hell. So when we were driving through Palm Springs on the way back to LA, we decided to stop for a drink to turn our frowns upside.
Enter Holiday House. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like family by Tara, Jessica and Ashley. Great beer on tap, solid wine and outside a nice dinner was going on. The hosts were amazing and the company familiar. It was so great that we decided to stay the night and, despite last minute, they gave us an amazing deal.
Once we checked in, we were able to get dinner which consisted of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and ratatouille - an incredible combination and easily the top 3 of each that has ever graced my pallet.
The room was sick. We had stayed here in the past but this room had a nice patio area out back that we had breakfast in the following morning. Great bed, near zero noise, pretty much pitch black.
The next morning we had the included breakfast with some near perfect biscuits then went for a fun bike ride with the on site rentals.
This was a complete spur of the moment stay and they exceeded in every category. No knock on Airbnb, but you're getting something special here that you just won't find in a vacation rental. Will definitely be back.
This is such an incredible find. The hotel and grounds have such a wonderfully, unique vibe. You can tell that the staff and owners care a lot for this property, it shows. The rooms, fantastic, the grounds and pool, lovely and relaxing, the food, OMG all sooo good. Do yourself a big favor and stay here for a night or a week. You will be happy!