Allowed us to stay 1 night, didn't impose a 2 night minimum
Nice continental breakfast location. Though the coffee was weak and tasted of cereal. Better off sticking to the coffee in the room.
We stayed in room 25 for $150/night. This room has two beds and it is tiny. Upon opening the door we noticed the off musty smell. Kind of like piles of old wet things left sitting too long.
The room was so small that one of the beds was right next to the gas furnace. We had to have the furnace on since it dipped below freezing, but when the furnace fired up it woke me from sleep since it was so close to the bed. I could feel the blasts of heat.
Continental breakfast starts at 8:00 AM. Your room key won't open the door before then. Hope you weren't in a hurry to get anywhere!
The hardware for the bathroom was serious lacking. The toilet paper holder was pulling off the wall, and the only hook to hang towels on was a tiny brass picture hanger. The switch for the bathroom is in the "closet." Though "closet" is perhaps too grandiose s term - more like tiny nook with two plastic hangers and the bathroom switches. No door on the closet - there isn't room. There were 4 of us and we didn't bother unpacking anything since there was no where to unpack it to.
The wireless was unavailable due to a broken modem. No refund offered for this lack of service, though we didn't ask.
The lobby is only staffed after 8:00 AM. Asked the lobby where there might be some snow to take the kids, she reported that there was none. Explained that I didn't need vast fields of snow, just a little bit so the kids could crunch their snow boots in some. She repeated that there wasn't any, and that the only snow was to be found in a ski resort. Hopped in the car and found plenty of snow off a road up the mountain a little way. So either she was daft, or didn't like tourists exploring the town.
Overall a disappointing experience. For $150 a night I expect a lot more: clean air, unobtrusive central heat, a closet, and maybe even a dresser large enough to hold my dainties.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fireside Lodge is centrally located in the heart of Big Bear. We are in walking distance to the Village and also to a number of family activity centers. We offer a variety of accommodations from motels, private cabins and suites with indoor or outdoor jacuzzi tubs. ... more less
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- Fireside Hotel Big Bear Lake