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“We loved golden bear!” 5 of 5 stars
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Golden Bear Cottages Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   39367 Big Bear Blvd, Mail: P.O. Box 1731, CA 92315   |  
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Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Big Bear Region
Certificate of Excellence 2014
El cajon
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“We loved golden bear!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

We stayed at the golden bear in January and absolutely loved it. The cabin was sooooo clean and decorated to make us feel as though we were right at home. The front office staff were phenomenal and helped us find great restaurants and even gave us some discount coupons to restaurants and snow play. The kids enjoyed playing outside the cabin in the snow and even built a cute snowman. This was hands down the best and most enjoyable vacation we've had in years! Thanks Golden Bear for making that possible!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Moreno Valley, California
1 review
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

We took a group of 8 friends up to Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear to celebrate a Birthday and we had a GREAT TIME! We stayed in Cabin #25 which was spacious, clean and very comfortable.

The cabin was located less than a block from Pleasure Point Marina which made it very convenient to go out fishing (which was great by the way). Don at Golden Bear even gave us a coupon for a discount on a boat rental.

In our opinion, Golden Bear Cottages is one of the best cabin rentals in Big Bear, CA and we are looking forward to coming back as soon as possible.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

We went in the Winter & it was the most Unforgettable Experience of our lifetime! We felt like we were in a "Storybook Fairytale" the cabins are a dream and transported us back in time. There is so much to do on the property our girls 6 & 13 did not want to come back home and the hospitality from the owners was Amazing we were treated like Family!! I do not have enough words to describe our experience!! We can not wait to go back in the Summer!!!
The Colón Family Los Angeles CA 03-25-2011

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Alamitos, California
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

I decided to splurge and take my 6 year old daughter up to the mountains to play in the snow for two days. Being a single mother, I had to watch where I stayed and how I spent my money. Golden Bear Cottages staff was so very friendly, they even upgraded us to a one bedroom cabin instead of a studio for no extra charge! They were very sweet to my daughter who insisted we go back to the office to see the "nice man." We will definately return for sure!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2011

These cottages are perfect for any type of family. They have an outstanding staff. Loved the accomodations. Pet friendly as well.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

We had reservations for a smaller unit, but when we got there Lisa (she's the sweetest) Upgraded us 2 a bigger cottage :) We had a wonderful time here, beautiful friendly family the owners & we will b back again! :) Thank u again! Take Care!! Tracy Patchin P.s Most of all Pet Friendly! :)

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Banning
1 review
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2010

Each year, since 1995, our family has been patronizing Golden Bear Resort. We have rented several different cabins over the past 15 years and for stays of 2 to 7 nights. Sometimes once a year, sometimes 2 or 3 times a year.
We have become friends with Don and Karen DiCarlo, and their daughter, Lisa, and son-in-law, Lenny Duran. Truly nice folks.

Some suggestions: if you will be there between the months of October and March or April, take tire chains; If you plan to use the pool or spa, take a few bath towels from home; take a portable radio with fresh batteries; include a clamp-on light cuz kitchen lighting may be a bit dim; pack a couple candles for the dinner table; if you cook, take a sharp paring knife, chef's knife, and a cheese grater; maintain a sense of adventure. And, if you take your pet, please clean up after it.

Regarding the tire chains: please understand that it snows in Big Bear. Duh. Last winter, one storm dumped about 5 feet, leaving roads and driveways blocked. You can imagine the complaints from those who choose to be clueless about being prepared for what is normal in SoCal's mountains in the winter.

Even with chains, very few vehicles, even 4WD, can manage 4 or 5-ft deep snow, especially, if it is dense. Powder snow is easy, though. If you have tall and narrow snow tires and a heavy old pickup or suburban, you should be OK in really deep snow, but if you have wide tires, or low-profile rubber on your sportcute, be sure you have snowshoes or cross-country skis.

We always take supplies in case we are stranded by a road closure or need to deal with an electric power failure. Big Bear experienced a major earthquake in the early 90's. It will happen again. It also is in a wildfire area. So–unless you choose to be a victim, be prepared. This said, Golden Bear keeps emergency supplies on hand for guests for those times when Momma Nature reminds us who is the boss. For you ham radio licensees, two good repeaters are KI6BB, 147.330, negative, PL 131.4, and Keller Pk 146.385, positive, PL 146.2. You can always raise someone on Keller.

Golden Bear is not a 5-star hotel. It's better, but it is not perfect, meaning that the doors on the older (some date from before 1910) cabins may be a tad drafty. Some cabins have sinks with the cold/hot faucets reversed. Who cares? The hot water is hot. If you want a sterile place, stay in town at one of the big places or at one of the resorts where the cabins are cookie-cutter, but if you want an enjoyable stay in a traditional and rustic mountain cabin, choose Golden Bear! We do and will continue to use it for family stays and anniversary stays. Stays at Golden Bear have become one of our family traditions.

One last thing. Breakfast at Grizzly Manor, across from Big Bear Middle School, is de rigeur at least once during a stay. Unless you arrive at dawn, expect to wait outside. Rain or shine, hot or freezing, there WILL be a line. Sign in, pour yourself a coffee, and wait outside with locals and fellow visitors. The Griz is tiny, but the portions will satisfy a hungry teenage boy, and you'll still have leftovers for lunch and supper.

Steve and Michele, Banning, California.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 39367 Big Bear Blvd, Mail: P.O. Box 1731, CA 92315
Location: United States > California > Big Bear Region
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Big Bear Region
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Bear Cottages Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Golden Bear Cottages, the best place for lodging accommodations in Big Bear Lake, California. We have 29 cabins to choose from on a historic big five acre resort. Rustic cabins nestled among 200 year old big pines just a block from Big Bear Lake. You will find our clean AAA approved cabin and cottage rentals as cheap as local mountain hotels. A cozy smaller studio or a one bedroom cottage is perfect for romantic couples, and our bigger 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 bedroom cabins are the better size for families or big groups. Clean AAA historic mountain cabins and resort lodge where the service is friendly and your family pets are welcome. If you plan on bringing your pets, make sure to choose designated cabins where pets are welcome in fenced pet yards. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Golden Bear Cottages Hotel Big Bear Lake
Golden Bear Hotel
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