Palm Springs’s LGBT visitors are typically overwhelmed with our impressive smorgasbord of nearly 25 gay or lesbian resorts. (At last count, that’s the largest number of LGBT accommodations concentrated in any one place in the U.S.!)
To help you laser in on which of our great gay/lesbian resorts and guesthouses suits you best, we present this in-depth property profile:
Random Haus Condominium Hotel
Upscale, mixed gay/straight, elegant, understated, residential, quiet
The owners of the Random Haus Condominium Hotel stated their intention was to “create not just a hotel, but a work of art.” No one can argue they haven’t achieved their goal. Over $3 million in renovations (a Palm Springs’ gay resort record) transformed a once-dowdy 14,000 square-foot Midcentury apartment complex into something magical.
“Random” is the name of the street bordering the three-quarters of an acre property just south of downtown. The “Haus” is a nod to Bauhaus - the early 20th Century stripped-down German design which served as the main inspiration for Midcentury Modern. Random Haus’ exterior honors Bauhaus with clean simple lines, as well as its square and rectangular architecture punctuated by tetragonal balconies.
As a nod to Midcentury Modern’s forefather architects, each unit’s main seating arrangement is of Le Corbusier design, with dining tables in Eero Saarinen’s Tulip design, and sculpt coffee tables of Adrian Pearsall. Bedrooms boast handcrafted Amish pieces and the original artwork commissioned for the property portrays the importance of pure geometric shapes in Bauhaus art.
The open-floor plan “entertaining kitchens” come fully stocked with cookware and cutlery (including built-in wine coolers and the crucial martini shaker!). Surface counters and glass backsplashes are by DeLonghi, stainless steel appliances by Frigidaire Pro Series, and coffee makers feature complimentary Starbuck coffees.
The spa-like bathrooms sparkle with Speakman plumbing fixtures, custom tile work with glass inlays, and rainfall shower heads. You’ll find a Jamiso luxury mattress in each bedroom, and what long-term vacationer won’t appreciate your own washer/dryer in your suite?
Private furnished cabanas line the year-round heated pool and its outdoor fireplace. Nearby is a Jacuzzi, a one-person sauna, communal grill, and an outdoor social area with crushed glass and aluminum chip-polished concrete counters and seating. A graceful koi pond with waterfall encircles the entire property.
Elegant, tasteful, and spacious, Random Haus exudes a serene and private air lacking at some LGBT resorts. This exclusive residential feel derives from the owner-guests who take a sense of pride in the place. Random Haus can be booked for a night like any other hotel (and at even better rates). But it’s also a fractional condo ownership property marketed squarely at the LGBTers. Unlike a traditional timeshare, owners can purchase just the time they need within a flexible usage plan based on their own schedules. Owners receive a one-twelfth deeded interest in the property, inclusive of all HOA and maintenance fees. This concept proved immediately popular, with Random Haus closing escrow on their first fractionals just a few weeks after opening.
Random Haus is an adult-only property for those 18 years and older (and you must be 21 to book a room). However, adult-only doesn’t mean clothing-optional. Swimsuits are required here, unlike the majority of gay resorts in Palm Springs. Same-sex couples, women, and even straight couples will feel right at home here.
The front desk is only open during daylight hours, but the staff is amazingly attentive, bringing you towels by the pool and your complimentary breakfast when they see you are up. On-site concierge services can book spa services, car rentals, restaurant reservations, tour tickets, and more. With just 12 rooms, a friendly intimacy prevails between the Random Haus’ staff and its guests.
Your condominium can be stocked with sumptuous vittles and libations prior to arrival (or any time during your stay). Jensen’s, a small Southern Californian chain of gourmet markets, caters all the property’s food, including the individually-selected daily breakfasts featuring home-baked croissants, bagels, muffins, and danishes. A private chef can be arranged through Random Haus’ concierge as well.
Other perks: complimentary use of nearby fitness center; free dedicated carport parking; secured gated access to the property; wedding and honeymoon packages and arrangements; and all suites are completely pet-friendly (with pet beds, bowls, gourmet treats, and pet sitters upon request).
Number of Rooms:
Random Haus consists of a dozen condo suites ranging between 1,105 to 2,100 square feet. Each is named after a queer icon who frequented Palm Springs back in the day: The Hudson, The Stanwyck, The Hunter, The Crawford, The Curtis, The McDowell, The Garland, The Reynolds, The Grant, The Scott, The Taylor, and of course The Monroe.
Eleven of the suites are two-bedroom, while The Hudson (shown below) features two master suites and one convertible third bedroom with en suite. Within The Hudson you’ll also find a downstairs wet bar, a sprawling second-level deck with outdoor shower, a Jacuzzi tub, and an upstairs lounge with 60-inch smart TV.
All of Random Haus’ suites come with a balcony or private patio; glass view shower in the master bedroom; sliders off the master, guest, and living room; and a fully-equipped kitchen. Note that more than two guests staying in any suite incurs an additional charge.
Random Haus resides directly across the street from the neighborhood’s anchor gay resort, The Triangle Inn. East San Lorenzo makes up Palm Springs’ second “gayborhood” resort cluster after Warm Sands. This LGBT enclave has become more high-profile in recent years thanks to not only Random Haus’ lavish property reincarnation, but other neighboring gay resorts being renovated and modernized by new owners in recent years.
The area of The Tahquitz River Estates where Random Haus now operates was once a celebrity neighborhood. And oddly enough, many of the big-name Hollywood heterosexuals who lived here fell into gay culture infamy. For example, filmmaker William Wyler admittedly directed Ben Hur as a homosexual romance, forever angering right-wing star Charlton Heston. Another resident, actress Loretta Young, disowned her 29 year-old son Christopher Lewis after he was arrested for filming and selling sex movies of underage boys!
Random Haus inhabits the Midcentury bones of a former 1963 apartment complex that operated as such until 2006. That year, Random Haus’ first developers purchased the property for $2.5 million, originally conceiving an LGBT family resort where same-sex couples could vacation with their children and/or extended family.
Year of Gay Resurrection:
Random Haus attempted to get off the ground as early as 2006, but financing issues and red tape delays kept the property in stagnation for another six years. Reconstruction on the property finally began in the summer of 2012, after Riley Hotel Group and Pride One Construction (both based in Ohio) purchased the project. An award-winning hotel management company, Riley Hotel Group owns and operates 15 other hotels and resorts in five states as well as in The Dominican Republic.
Although Random Haus is their first LGBT-focused property and their first on the West Coast, Riley’s industry expertise finalized the property’s gutting and overhaul in a matter of months. The classy results and customer raves speak for themselves.
In fact, Random Haus has been such a success that Riley Hotel Group launched a new LGBT resort brand named after this flagship property. There are future plans to expand the Random Haus style and concept to other gay resort destinations.
Straight from the Representative’s Mouth:
“Random Haus is certainly the first of its kind in Palm Springs. Fractional sales of the property are designed to be a more cost-effective second-home alternative for the LGBT market. Palm Springs, as you know, already has a strong reputation for being a LGBT destination, both for vacations and second-home sales. We hope to bridge the gap between those who spend more than a week here, but less than would justify a year-round home.”- Brandy Webb, former VP of Public Relations
588 E San Lorenzo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92264