This historic bed and breakfast, housed in a grand old mansion, boats a three-course breakfast and oozes the luxury of old Hollywood. The word oasis gets tossed around a lot in the desert, but the location of The Willows, where the street dead-ends into a private drive, feels pretty exclusive. The Palm Springs Art Museum and downtown Palm Springs are literally right up the street.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Unlike most properties at this level, The Willows does not charge a resort fee, so the price you see (aside from taxes) is what you can expect.
The eight boutique rooms are named for historic figures who have stayed at The Willows in the past, like Albert Einstein and actress Marion Davies. The rustic, marled wood furnishings and hardwood floors exude a classic elegance. Desks are ornate, balconies and terraces are private, and antique pieces are heirloom quality.
The sophistication continues to the bathroom, where guests can wrap themselves in plush robes and towels after stepping out of the oversized showers or clawfoot tubs.
The lobby straddles the play between indoor and outdoor space, with seating for lounging, a terrace with fountain, and a veranda that overlooks a spectacular waterfall.
Both the pool and hot tub are heated and surrounded by the gorgeous building, expansive stone walls, and lush palm trees and bougainvillea.
The dining room is just glorious, looking out onto the arresting waterfall. Guests will find a daily three-course breakfast here, as well as an evening reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres.
Parking is free and gated for security, however the location is the most walkable of just about any in Palm Springs proper.
The charming French bistro Le Vallauris Restaurant (1-minute walk) is located directly across the street. For a terrific happy hour in a snazzy space, dine at Lulu California Bistro (7-minute walk). Another Palm Springs gem, Spencer’s (12-minute walk), is just a few blocks away and also romantically tucked in the shadow of the mountains.
It’s a fun and casual night when you grab a beer or glass of wine at Dead or Alive (6-minute drive), named for a game where patrons guess whether or not a celebrity is still among the land of the living). For swanky cocktails, it’s worth a visit to survey the menus and taste drinks at both Truss + Twine (6-minute drive) and Seymour’s (7-minute drive).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Willows puts a wonderful emphasis on privacy and the design touches inspire gentle romance. Icons like Albert Einstein and Clark Gable have both stayed here, and it’s definitely the place for those who appreciate the finer things in life and want a quiet, semi-secluded getaway.