Press Coverage

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

“Almost an extension of the sepia-brown mountainside behind, the Willows is a bougainvillea-draped Mediterranean villa with a rare ‘old money’ air.”
–Los Angeles Times, January 2012
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“A bit like crashing at the private desert digs of someone’s super-rich great-grandparents who aren’t around anymore but have kindly left at your disposal a 24-hour innkeeper, a gourmet breakfast chef, [and] a Spanish-tiled pool. … Even for an intimate eight-bedroom inn with a clear emphasis on privacy, it felt private.”
–Los Angeles Times, May 2011
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Greer’s OC

Greer's OC“Every day is romantic at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. Built in 1927, this Mediterranean villa makes guests feel like they are visiting a friend’s antique-filled home. It’s no wonder legendary lovers Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned in this private haven.”
–Greer’s OC, January 2011
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The Guardian

Guardian.co.uk“Top 10 Hotel in Palm Springs … Built in 1924 by attorney Samuel Untermyer, who hosted friend and fellow Palm Springs-lover Albert Einstein, , the Willows was rescued from near-complete disrepair in the mid-90s by a couple of emergency room doctors from Los Angeles: husband and wife Paul Marut and Tracy Conrad. Their meticulous restoration and carefully sourced period decor has recreated the kind of throwback opulence once enjoyed by Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, who took their honeymoon here. A waterfall cascades down rocks outside the dining room, and roadrunners can be spotted zipping around the grounds.”
–The Guardian, 18 January 2011 (read more)

Boutique Hotels Magazine

Boutique Hotels Magazine“The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is one of Palm Springs’ most stunning examples of a Class 1 Historic Inn. … Its Spanish Mediterranean Revival architecture is enhanced by elegant interiors featuring original decorative wrought iron works, mahogany beams, frescoed ceilings, and a dramatic waterfall that cascades down sheer granite mountain walls just steps from the Inn’s dining room where a sumptuous breakfast is served each morning.”
–Boutique Hotels Magazine, June 2010 (read more)

London Times Magazine

The London Times“The Willows, built in 1924, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned, was one of Palm Springs’ first big homes, and is now a charming eight-room B&B. It has been a labour of love to restore it to its former glory.”
—London Times Magazine, March 2010
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Leisure Golf Magazine

Travel & Leisure“The Willows is for serious romantics. The small hotel, built in 1927 and beautifully restored in the mid-nineties, is so private, guests can spend a weekend and not see another soul. … It still has old-world refinement and charm with crystal chandeliers, sleigh beds, vaulted ceilings, floors recycled from old churches and exquisite handmade tiles throughout.”
–Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine, January 2002 (read more)

Departures Magazine

Departures“There’s an edge of excitement in just sitting on the hotel’s veranda, being cooled by the waterfall Untermyer installed (natural air conditioning in those days) and thinking that back then [he and Albert Einstein] sat here discussing world events. On other occasions this patio was the setting for Einstein’s unsuccessful attempts to explain the theory of relativity to the mayor of Palm Springs. Now, it’s an atmospheric setting for breakfast: Tuscan poached eggs with perfect, just-baked scones and the sounds of Dinah Washington playing in the background.”
–Departures Magazine, October 2000
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Los Angeles Magazine

Los Angeles Magazine“Staying at the Willows is like getting the keys to a well-off friend’s country estate … Luxury at the Willows is simple: The towels and terry robes are thick white cotton. The pillow-top feather mattress is covered with the highest-quality white linens and topped with a Chunky’ size Bodega chocolate truffle each night. Decadence at its most refined.”
–Los Angeles Magazine, November 1998
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Travel & Leisure Magazine

Travel & Leisure“The Mediterranean-style villa, with its mahogany beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces lap pool, and a 5O-foot waterfall, was built in 1927 as the winter home of U.S. representative Samuel Untermyer. Among his visitors were Albert Einstein and a honeymooning Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.”
–Travel & Leisure Magazine, May 1997
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New York Times

The New York Times Magazine“Perhaps the most elegant [hotel in Palm Springs] is the Willows, with just eight rooms, near the center of town. The Italianate-Mediterranean-style villa, at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, was once the home of Samuel Untermyer, an affluent lawyer from New York, who built the mansion in 1927. Marion Davies later lived there.”
–New York Times, January 2001
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