We would have never found this little gem, nor ventured into this neck of the woods (literally) if it weren't for a deal that my Beau came across on LivingSocial. We stayed here from 8/11/13 to 8/13/13. The overall experience was nice and we accomplished exactly what we were aiming to accomplish and that was to escape from the madness of L.A. City life and RELAX.
We arrived around 1:30p.m on Sunday-8/11/13 and were able to check-in early. (Check-In is normally at 2:00 p.m.) The innkeepers were friendly enough; however, they are unavailable in the evening, but there is a contact number left on the office door. Unlike other reviewers we were not charged any extra costs or hidden fees, outside of the normal taxes.
***WARNING: This is NOT the place for hardcore/high maintenance city dwellers. This is not a high-end hotel, the rooms are far from upscale and fancy, but they seem clean. The overall accommodations are simple and quite rustic. There is no daily housekeeping and there is no room service; one must take on the "difficult challenge" of venturing out for food, or bringing one’s own groceries, cooking one’s own food and cleaning up after oneself.*** (We had read the reviews & visited the motel website prior to traveling and opted for taking our own food and cooking ourselves.)
We stayed in room #16, and as other reviewers have stated, the rooms are SMALL. The rooms seem geared towards couples only (barely;) definitely not family friendly. It had one queen size bed, a very small shower (no tub,) small toilet, small sink, small electric stove (with only one working burner,) mini-fridge, a small dinner table that seats only two, and an even smaller kitchen sink. They do provide some basic pots, cups, bowls, glasses, a wine bottle opener, wine glasses, coffee packets and a coffeemaker, coffee creamer, artificial sweeteners, white sugar, (no organic raw cane sugar, nor tea, but luckily we had our own.) They provide clean white towels, and have hand soap/lotion & shampoo/conditioner and shower gel dispensers, the latter are filled with coffee based bath products; however, our hand-soap dispenser leaked, making for a slippery floor, until we decided to place a pile of tissue on the floor. However, they do NOT provide an iron, luckily since we're only a 2-hour drive away from Idyllwild, I took most of my clothes already in hangers. Do not expect a nice flat screen tv, as the room has an old dinosaur television set mounted on the wall, which was no big deal to us since we spent most of the day outside the room, enjoying the natural surroundings and downtown Idyllwild. The room also has a small balcony, which I loved because it's facing the Forrest. The balcony was quaint and nice to sit at, while sipping tea at night while star gazing, or while enjoying a nice cup of Joe in the brisk morning air.
As other reviewers also stated, the walls are thin, very thin, mainly because the inn is built with all wood, like a cabin. Luckily they have a “no-noise” rule from 9pm to 9am, so we didn’t have any noise problems. Another warning: the water pressure and temperature fluctuates, even if nobody is using the water or flushing toilets, and our shower knob had a cold water leak so if you’re showering with warm water in that very reduced space, you are bound to have that cold water get you. Works as a wakeup call.
it also gets quite hot in here, even with the windows and backdoor open. There is no AC, but they did provide an over-sized fan and there is also a ceiling fan, although the latter doesn't provide cooling air.
The detail that I liked and appreciated about this place is the morning treat. Every morning around 9:00 a.m. the innkeepers deliver a tiny basket of breakfast goodies, which they hang from your door-knob. They give a light knock on the door to let you know breakfast has arrived. The basket had two packets of organic oatmeal, two apples, two kid juices, a cup of jam and two WARM & YUMMY SCONES. We LOVED the latter! When done eating, simply hang your little basket back outside on the doorknob.
We also tried doing the hike from the bunkhouse to their sister property the B&B, but the trail was not very well marked and we ended up getting lost. We had to take the road back to the bunkhouse, but we do not recommend this, as it is not pedestrian friendly, which I wish they would make it pedestrian friendly since the bunkhouse is not far from the nature center and downtown Idyllwild and it defeats the purpose to drive to any of these places.
Overall: Would Return.
Good for couples. Outer cabins, good for families. Take your own dish-soap or bring disposable goods...
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