My husband and I completed a 3-night stay last week at the Willows Historic Inn in Palm Springs. It was our second visit, and we stayed in Marion Davies' former bedroom, one of 8 very different rooms available for guests. The ambience and beauty of the inn is hard to convey adequately - guests are wonderfully transported back to the 30s and 40s with elegant period furnishings, and yet all of the most modern conveniences including wi-fi throughout. Where else can you wander thru the hallways and rooms that once held the likes of Albert Einstein, Marion Davies, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. The innkeepers attend to your every wish - I mentioned how much I enjoyed the fragrance of the jasmine and that evening I found freshly picked jasmine by my bedside. The 3-course gourmet breakfast is served on crystal, china and silver, and you dine next to a waterfall (IN PALM SPRINGS!).
The property also has a beautiful landscaped walkway up to another historic house recently included in a book of California historical residences by Diane Keaton. The walkway is filled with little nooks, ponds, and benches, and at the top you are rewarded with a spectacular view of the palm springs valley. Being only 2 blocks from the central part of downtown palm springs is also a great asset. We are already planning our next trip to the Willows in the fall - staying in Albert Einstein's bedroom (he was a frequest guest of the owner during the 30s and 40s).