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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
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“Like being transported back in time...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

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).

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Larchmont, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2010

While visiting Joshua Tree National Park we chose to stay at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs for 5 days.This Inn is owned by a couple both Surgeons .While they were dating years ago they saw this magnificient but run down estate while in Palm Springs and decided to buy and restore it to it's original splendor over a two year period and thereafter into an 8 room Inn.Each with it's very special own character and history.
The Inn was built by Samuel Untermeyer ,an attorney ,who was the first attorney in the U.S. to win a one million dollar verdict back ,in the 1920's, I believe. Albert Einstein spent winter vacations there as did other luminaries of that era as Mr.Untermeyer's guests.
The Inn is next door to the Palm Springs Contemporary Art Museum (well worth a visit)and a few short blocks from the towns main strip and restaurant area, yet the peace,quiet,seclusion and sense of exclusivity you feel sets it miles apart from what lies outside this gated estate.
Each morning you are treated to a unique and gourmet breakfast, created by their exceptionally talented chef and served on fine china and silver settings; while seated in a room overlooking a running 50 foot waterfall Each evening at 5:30 P.M. you get to experience a varied and superb array of hors d'oeuvres along with select wines and drinks out on the large patio.
The bed ,linen and towels are of the highest quality and a sure bet you will sleep well,especially after using their over the top soaking tubs and bath salts.
The rooms are decorated, each with unique designer furniture reflecting the ambiance of this estate.
The pool is heated ,about 5 feet deep across it's entire length .They also have a great hot tub.The lounge chairsare available and very comfortable.As an adults only retreat ,
it is always very peaceful and you get the feeling you are there alone as a couple.
The staff is very friendly ,attentive ,yet unobtrusiveand the service is impeccable. Your room refrigerator is stocked with waters and soft drinks.Fruit and coffee is available always.
When you consider that the food and drinks are included, you begin to realize that this Inn offers real value and a great experience!
The restaurants are somewhat pricey in town but serve fine food Joshua Tree is a must visit National Park and approx a reasionably short one and a half hour drive.If you have time visit the Sand Dune area near Brawley ,CA..It's worth the approx. 2 hour drive.It's where Lawrence of Arabia desert scenes were filmed and I believe the Ten Commandments as well.

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  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Bishop, California
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42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2010

We had always wanted to stay at the Willows, and finally had the chance. It was so much more than we expected. There is no better or more beautiful location in all of Palm Springs, and the inn and grounds are just lovely. The rooms are wonderful, the service impeccable, and even though it's a bit on the pricey side, it is an excellent value when you consider all that is included: besides the gorgeous and historically authentic accommodations, you get a 3-course gourmet breakfast, wine and hors d'oeuvres in the evening, complimentary snacks and cold drinks in your room, and much more. The views from the O'Donnell House are spectacular, and we loved that we could access the Lykken, Museum and Skyline hiking trails directly from the property. We also appreciated not having to drive anywhere -- everything we wanted, including the Desert Museum, the Thursday night street market, fantastic restaurants and challenging hiking trails were all within walking distance. We loved everything about our stay at this very special inn, and we can't wait to return.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Seattle
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2009

It's best to pay the price up front and then don't think about it again.

This place is really outstanding. It's just a few blocks off the main strip but rises up on a ridge above it. No noise or anything, it feels secluded.

The staff is great. Each morning you have breakfast by a waterfall. There are beautiful flowers everywhere, dripping from every wall and rock. In the evenings you enjoy some appetizers and wines before heading out to the nightlife.

The rooms are large, unique, and perfectly clean. Ours did not have a view, I think most of them do not, though the main hall does have a nice view over the city. Compared to many of the PS hotels, which are down amongst the dingy streets, this one really stood out as a paradise.

We will remember this visit for a long time.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2009

When my wife and I travel, we typically look for a hotel that is smaller and offering the best accommodations without breaking the bank to do it. This was our first trip to Palm Springs, for an automobile concours and the initial review of hotels/motels all looked like a "pool scene" which may be popular for many couples, but was not our cup of tea. We wanted something more refined and definitely found it with this historic residence turned into a B & B, The Willows. What a Gem!
Location was perfect on the edge of town being just a couple of short blocks away from all the main street hub-up and next door to the golf course where the concours de elegance was being held. We were fortunate to get one of the remaining rooms at very short notice. It was the spacious 'loft' and in addition to lovely views from all the windows, was on the upper (most quiet) floor and had an extra bathroom, perfect for the guy. For the price of this room, I think it may be the best value there, but enters using a steep narrow staircase, which for some people with lots of baggage or very elderly, could be a negative. If so, chose another room. I felt it was an advantage as it put you on top of the entire residence.
Don't miss their "Happy Hour" with good wines and freshly prepared hors-d'ourves, which were excellent and included in the price as well as an outstanding breakfast with linens and proper silver service. Across the street there is an old, but very established and well kept French restaurant with terrific and well prepared cuisine (bit pricey, but worth it) and many other lesser restaurants within blocks and an easy walk.
This is a hotel where one would not normally find children, nor go there with them. Should we ever have a reason to be in the area again, we would make it a point to stay again in this wonderful small hotel.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paraguay
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2008

This is a wonderfull place, over rankink place, service, location. I'v seen only 10 ranking in BB! hope! people don't know about this gem in PS!!!

No pics at this time, need not pics only the sound, the spirit of Albert (Einstein) and Marion davis

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  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arizona
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2007

I stay at this wonderful paradise once a year. The rooms are so beautiful with the antique furniture and the linens they put on the beds, to the nice soft robes provided to use after a nice bath in the claw and ball bath tub. The room I stay in has a firepalce, that is already turned on for me when I arrive, to cuddle in front of after my long drive on a cold november afternoon. Around 5:00P I wonder down to the beautiful living room with a view out to the pool from the balocny or one can mosey outside and sit under the fresco painted on the ceiling, and enjoy a glass of wine with a variety of cheeses and fruit to chose from. Then off to dinner to down town Palm Sprngs which is walking distance, or you can drive your car that is parked behnd the security of a large gate. Since they give you your own key one can come and go as they please.
The staff, one cannot say enough of, so friendly and respectful of ones privacy. To top off the stay the 3 to 4 course breakfast in the lovely dining room with a painted ceiling and waterfall just right outside your table is wonderful, one can take there time to eat. I was never rushed, all and all the stay was a dream I love this beautiful inn so much I go back year after year. The house is full of lovely antiques and it is very comfortable. One can swim in the heated pool or take a jacuzzi if you so disire, or walk the lovely grounds where Enstein loved to go and Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard. Marion Davies also loved this home the inn has a room named after her since she did live here at one time.
so much history is here, if you are into hollywood history this is the place for you, or if you are just after comfort, nice people and privacy this is it. You will love the Willows Inn, I go year after year.

  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa 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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