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The Willows
412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262   |  
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Ranked #10 of 69 Hotels in Palm Springs
Salmon Arm, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Pure Luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband and I spent four nights in the Library Room in November, 2012. We have stayed in some of the best hotels/resorts/inns in North America and The Willows tops all of them! It was a truly wonderful experience. This historic inn is wonderfully situated just two blocks from downtown, yet it is so quiet and peaceful. The inn is decorated in 1930s style; the Library Room had rich, hand-carved furnishings--and yes--lots of books! This room is ideally located off the main house's patio. Most other rooms are accessed by first passing through the great room.

Because I have dietary restrictions, the staff accommodated my needs at breakfast. My husband, though, was able to indulge completely in the three-course gourmet breakfasts! Hors d'oeuvres and wine were served every evening either in your room or in the great room--your choice. Steve and Gordon were very professional, helpful and friendly. Steve gave us a tour of all of the rooms of the inn, excluding the one or two that were occupied at the time, and told us the history of the inn, formerly a private residence, which was fascinating. He also booked our dining reservations at Le Vallauris (separate review).

The grounds are beautiful and the pool area lovely and private. The Library Room has its own private terrace.

We most definitely will return to The Willows, probably next fall. It is one of the few places I can recommend without hesitation. It was pure luxury!!

Room Tip: The Library Room is beautifully appointed and very quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chandler, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

If you're looking for fabulous, this is the place, from the welcome, to the excellent breakfasts and appetizers, the rooms and sense of peace and privacy. Just a few minutes walk to the main drage of Palm Springs. Gordon and Steve gave excellent recommendations for dinner one evening and great smooth jazz another.

Room Tip: The rock room overlooks the pool and hot tub, giving it an open feeling.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfax CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Recently my partner and I spend 10 heavenly days at The Willows. I can't say enough about it's excellence on every level. I have never encountered a more friendly yet fully professional and helpful staff, never had a better breakfast; the wine and appetizers went way beyond our expectation of white or red with cheese and crackers. Instead there were 4 exceptional varietals along with hot and cold gourmet hor d'oeuvres that I would rate as 5 star offerings. Often, we didn't feel like going out for dinner afterwards, we were so satisfied with the tasty and substantial snacks. The rooms are all elegant and cozy, each with its own special charm. The pool is perfectly heated and pristine, the garden's are luscious and inviting. The entire property has a serene almost monastery like quality during the day and a warm social energy in the evening when guests from all over the world gather by the fire at happy hour. We stayed in the Einstein room and felt distinctly smarter when we left. The vibrations are strong! There is nothing, absolutely nothing I can complain about. In fact we are returning next winter for a month. My only hesitation in writing this rave review is that The Willows will become overbooked and we won't be able to visit as often as we'd like!

Susan Isa Efros, Fairfax, CA

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hemet
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the willows for our 6th yr anniversary. February 2 This place is gorgeous, it has glam written all over it. We stayed in the library room which has a fire place. The willow is a bed and breakfast. We were hesitant of a bed and breakfast but this place is beautiful. We will defiantly will pay the price for this hidden gen.

Room Tip: Plan with plenty of time. They have limited rooms since its a what I call a mansion
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Avalon, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed in "The Library" for two nights. What a great experience! The food and service is impeccable, yet not stuffy. Walking distance to the heart of downtown Palm Springs, but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful. And what fun to stay in a place where Einstein once stayed! We will return!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We spent three days at The Willows in February and it was wonderful. The facility is immaculate and there are just the right number of guests so the common spaces such as the living room, pool, decks and gardens are "your own". Small things like your room being cleaned while you are enjoying your breakfast happen. You must be flexible when it comes to breakfast because they are not equipped to change the menu, but what they serve is excellent. In total our stay was effortless and delightful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney,Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Having read many of the reviews on Trip Advisor about The Willows I can only but echo the superlatives expressed.
My wife and I spent four nights there starting February 8,2013. We had been looking for somewhere convenient to LA ,a place to relax and also explore and so settled on Palm Springs.After reviewing the many options,which appeared to largely cater to golfers, we decided on The Willows.We absolutely loved the experience which was much more akin to staying in a (wealthy) friends home than a small hotel.We stayed in the Loft room which was spacious,airy,bright and had wonderful views.Brushing your teeth while watching hummingbirds hover at the waterfall on the property was quite a treat! As noted by others the only downside in this room was the lack of a fixed shower head,but this was a minor inconvenience.
As noted by other reviewers we found the staff exceptional.Friendly,knowledgeable and gracious.We loved the evening "happy hour" with the choice of two red and two white wines accompanied by delicious hors d'ouevres.And then there were the breakfasts! Served adjacent to the waterfall,silver service,three course,different everyday.Delightfully delicious.
The hotel is very well situated being adjacent to the excellent Modern Art Museum and only a short walk to the centre of town yet very quiet.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Palm Springs
#10 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A vacation at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn feels like a visit to a friend's country estate; or rather, an acquaintance who has welcomed some very famous friends into their home over the years. Nestled among stunning mountain vistas, The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn has been a Hollywood favorite for nearly a century. Today, this Mediterranean villa has been meticulously restored to its original elegance of the 1930s. Mahogany-beamed ceilings and natural stone fireplaces are accented by modern amenities such as complimentary high-speed wireless,in-room DVD players and iPod docking stations. A three-course gourmet breakfast next to the waterfall and nightly wine and hors d'oevres are included in the rate, making for an exceptional value. Tour the extensive gardens or relax by the pool. From the luxurious comforters and Egyptian cotton towels, no detail has been overlooked in this secluded desert oasis. ... more   less 
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