A historic Mediterrean villa turned into an eight-room inn with a majestic hillside setting.
The Willows is one of the area’s most beloved destinations and has been impeccably restored to showcase all of the original charm once enjoyed by Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, as well as Shirley Temple and other luminaries. Marion Davies once lived here, and a glamorous suite now bears her name. Einstein’s Garden recalls another famous guest. Not surprising, today's Hollywood elite have also discovered this guests-only sanctuary. Romantic, peaceful and private, this place is perfect for couples. Each of the eight guest rooms has its own personality with furnishings carefully selected to match a theme. Amenities include fireplaces, private patios and elegant spiral staircases. Breakfast is a multi-course, silver-service affair prepared by the in-house chef and served in a waterfall-view dining room beneath painted ceilings. Wine and hors d'oeuvres are offered as the sun drops behind the mountain. For photo ops, climb the pathway behind the inn that ascends up the hill to Einstein's favorite garden bench. And for fine dining, take a stroll across the street to Le Vallauris, one of the desert’s top restaurants (which also provides room service).
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