Palm Springs, California 92262
We'd love it if you would mention that you found The O'Donnell House and The Willows Historic Inn on the Here Comes The Guide website.
Why We Like This Place
Imagine: You arrive at your private mountainside hideaway, where you have exclusive use of a distinctive venue that radiates Old World charm. This is the O’Donnell House, poised on a plateau above The Willows Historic Inn under the shade of towering palms. A scenic shuttle ride ascends past trailing magenta bougainvillea, picturesque rocks and creekside cactus bowers to the enchanting villa itself. The estate’s wrought-iron gates open, admitting only you and your privileged guests. The gates bear the sign “Ojo del Desierto”—Eye of the Desert. Surveying the sweeping valley vistas from on high, everyone certainly has a sense that all the desert’s delights are theirs to command.
A spacious cliffside stone terrace seems to float above the world, making receptions here both dramatic and exhilarating. It’s an ideal vantage from which to survey the vast horizon’s transformation from technicolor sunset to star-filled sky. The house itself is a two-story Spanish Revival hacienda that boasts a red-tile roof and a long balcony, a perfect spot for the bouquet toss. Behind the home, rock archways lead to green meadows dotted with colorful native blooms, a supremely romantic milieu for wedding ceremonies. Meanwhile, guests are free to explore the interior of this elite haven, and mingle amongst the Mediterranean-style furnishings and rooms. Whether sealing your vows with a kiss amid the mountain wilderness or dancing cheek to cheek on the terrace, you’ll savor being close to nature and yet so very pampered.
Speaking of pampering: Newlyweds and their families can splurge on a buyout of the 16 stunning guest rooms at the Willows Historic Inn down the hill. Not only will you be treated to elite accommodations, but you’ll also have the Inn’s other living spaces all to yourselves. The Great Room, with its high, open-beam ceiling, grand piano and antiques, evokes an air of refined luxury. Cozy up by the fireplace, and you’ll begin to sense what it was like back when The Willows hosted movie stars, powerful politicos, world-class intellectuals … and now, you. The adjacent Dining Room features a magnificent frescoed ceiling and antique chandeliers. Glass doors open onto a patio, where a waterfall cascades into a tranquil garden pool. Enjoy this dreamy vision over breakfast, and take a few photos while you’re at it.
The Willows’ seductive guest rooms each have their own character: The Art Deco-style Marion Davies Room is tempting, with sumptuous pearl-white bedding, and a satin chaise lounge alongside a clawfoot tub big enough for two. A balcony overlooks the pool, and comfy loveseats beckon by the fireplace. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent part of their honeymoon in the Library, which boasts rich mahogany furniture, an elaborate coffered ceiling, and French doors opening to a private garden courtyard. Or cuddle up to the Loft’s serene mountain views, and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waterfall …
Originally built in 1925, The O’Donnell House and The Willows have been lovingly restored to their former magnificence and, judging by the awards and raves they’ve received, the project was a smashing success. Steeped in vintage glamour, these unique venues pay homage to a storied past and inspire couples to create lasting memories of their own.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 125
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 125
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 50
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated: 200
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The O’Donnell House seats 125 outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The O’Donnell House holds 125 seated or 200 standing outdoors; indoor space is available for guest mingling.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A deposit of 50% of the total is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. The basic rental fee for The O’Donnell House is $7,500–9,000 depending on the expected guest count. Destination events may want to take advantage of the Deluxe Event Packages which include almost all services and amenities you’ll need, providing greater overall value. Please inquire for details.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: preferred caterer or BYO, extra charge
Kitchen Facilities: no
Tables & Chairs: provided (limited number)
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: provided
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: valet and/or shuttle service required
Accommodations: 16 guest rooms in The Willows, 4 guest rooms in The O’Donnell
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: through caterer
View: San Jacinto Mountains, waterfall, garden; cityscape from The O’Donnell House
Golf Course Fairways
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Bed and Breakfast
Alcohol: in-house or BYO, licensed server
Music: amplified OK until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice, birdseed, confetti or sparklers
Alternate Info: O'Donnell House at The Willows Historic Inn