Palm Springs, California

Photo: Holiday House

Palm Springs is California’s hottest destination right now. Again. The desert city first became a vacation spot in the early 1900s. Movie stars, architecture buffs, spring breakers, snowbirds, and retirees followed. The last two groups, lured by 300 days of sunshine each year, killed the city’s cool factor.

Now millennials have discovered Palm Springs. Angelenos and San Diegans have realized that this easy escape is only about two hours from home. Outdoor lovers have their eyes on the San Jacinto Mountains and the natural hot springs. The LGBTQ+ community has found unquestioned acceptance. While hipsters have claimed new hotels.

Holiday House is one of these new hotels. The boutique hotel is in the recently redesigned downtown area, putting it within walking distance of the Palm Springs Art Museum, chic restaurants, and hip bars. It took over a classic 1950s building, which was designed by a noted mid-century modern architect. It has an uninterrupted view of the granite mountains that loom over the city. But, most importantly, it has style.

Photo: Holiday House

This hotel is artsy. Donald Sultan’s “Big Red Poppies” sculpture stands in the garden. David Hockney’s “Paper Pools” and Roy Lichtenstein’s “Venetian School II” hang out in the lobby. Tile work, inspired by Italian designer Gio Ponti, is in the Pantry. Plus more colorful artwork, instead of televisions, is in the rooms.

Each of the hotel’s 28 rooms is uniquely decorated with a blue-and-white palette. Good rooms feature patterned wallpaper, custom-made fabrics, and Italian linens. Better rooms add wet bars. While Best rooms are true upgrades with indoor bathtubs, outdoor patios and showers, and mountain views. All the rooms include well-stocked minibars and Nespresso machines, Malin + Goetz products and seersucker robes.

Though you love your airy room, it’s the communal areas that really make this hotel live up to its name. The lobby is full of wicker furniture, art books, and quirky design elements. Polka-dotted loaner bikes are propped outside the door. The Pantry serves Verve Coffee (a California favorite), light breakfasts (yogurt and homemade pastries), and healthy lunches (avocado chicken salads and fish tacos). Pitchers of margaritas and flights of rosé are delivered to the pool. A shuffleboard court and a fire pit dot the lawn, as well. Holiday House is a true adults’ playground. But millennials already figured that out.

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