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“Truly a desert oasis!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Willows
Ranked #20 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Sunnyvale, CA
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209 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“Truly a desert oasis!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

In a town where a lot of hotels are kind'a dated, this hotel is a breath of fresh air! The grounds are gorgeous and generally speaking the staff is friendly. Our only odd experience was at check-in: the woman who checked us in met us in the courtyard, and had me look up the room we had reserved cuz she really didn't want to walk back up the stairs.

We had the Library room and it was huge with a beautiful semi-private patio with lounge chairs and a nice table and chairs. The bathroom was large and air; though there was a dressing table in front of the toilet that crowded my 6'5" boyfriend, but we managed.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Mays Landing, New Jersey, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

We have returned to The Willows many times since they opened. Every room is a unique pristine fantasy of comfort and luxury. The cheerful attentive staff really takes care of guests. As intrepid travelers we always find special places but this is the treasure that we return to again and again. It is our home away from home. The attention to detail has been covered in other reviews but it should be noted that there is such a wonderful understated elegance and cozy comfort throughout. You will be ensconced in comfort and peace.

Room Tip: The Marion Davies Room is my favorite; bright, large, private, and elegantly appointed. The Library...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank John G
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Chicago, IL
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36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

This was the first time my wife and I stayed at a boutique type hotel. The reviews on here are all accurate. This is the first lodging location I have seen that did not have a bad review. I would agree with everyone else. It is very unique and lush both in the rooms and grounds. We stayed in the Palm room which overlooks the pool. We pretty much kept our window open the entire time that is above the pool. The weather didn't cooperate during our 4 night stay there so we didn't take advantage of sitting by the pool. The breakfast in the morning was ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!!! Fresh fruit, a muffin or scone, and the gourmet main meal. We were spoiled on the first morning there with their eggs florentine. Unreal with the flavors that go into that dish. It is served in a large ramekin of some sort and it must have been baked but that was by far our favorite. The afternoon hors d'oeuvre were very nice. You could eat enough to fill you up or just enough to take the edge off until you go out for dinner. The wine is nice too. Either a red or white. I preferred the Pinot they had but after the 2nd day they only had the Cabernet, which was nice too. It is in an ideal location for the restaurants right in downtown Palm Springs.

Room Tip: We didn't get to see the other rooms but the Palm room is an affordable option that is spacious...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jjscott
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

My husband and I had our second visit to The Willows and it was just as special as the first! Having wine and appetizers while watching a sunset is as good as it gets. We had a waterfall just outside our room. I highly recommend The Willows for a relaxing and romantic vacation.

Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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La Jolla
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

We love The Willows! We recently returned for our 4th visit. Everything about The Willows is magical from the moment you enter the gated premises. We inhaled the fragrance of the colorful spring flowers as we made our way through what became our home for the next several nights. You quickly feel as if you are visiting friends after meeting the warm, caring staff.
We were immediately drawn to the 50' waterfall that was cascading down just outside of the dining area. Lucky us, we had a room that looked right out onto the waterfall. The grounds were so beautiful with chairs and tables scattered along the path. Everything was perfect about our entire experience.

Room Tip: Every room has its own charm and character.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jennifer M
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

Wow! An incredibly majestic and peaceful place to stay and a wonderful way to spend a weekend in Palm Springs. You may think it has to be a joke that The Willows consistently gets 5 out of 5 on here... well, it isn't.
From the swallow-you-up-and-forget-about-the-world matresses, to the claw-footed bathtubs, elegant food and breathtaking views, The Willows doesn't disappoint. I could have spent a whole year there; you can't help but walk around with your head held that little bit higher! As soon as you arrive, you are part of this sumptious mansion and it's lifestyle- so enjoy it!
A true getaway and a beautiful place. Worth the money- treat yourself!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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chicago
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36 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

All of the previous reviewers accurately describe The Willows. It's a small, charming, historical home that has been lovingly converted to a Bed & Breakfast Inn located within walking distance of downtown Palm Springs. Everything about the B & B is designed to encourage guests to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. The breakfasts and evening appetizers are beautifully prepared from a varied menu and served on china and white linen tablecloths. Sipping wine each evening on the lovely patio overlooking the pool and mountains was an antidote to the stress of work and winter. The rooms are all decorated with beautiful period furnishings; the beds are very comfortable with high thread count sheets. The staff is attentive and eager to be sure you are comfortable and content.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Einstein room that has a private patio. If requested, guests staying in this room...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Willows
Address: 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone Number:
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Palm Springs
#4 Spa Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Willows 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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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