Living in LA, my wife and I always had an ambition to visit either Idyllwild or Lake Arrowhead / Big Bear. But every time, we were deterred by the questionable state of lodgings. Click around on this site and you'll see what I mean. My favorite was a highly-rated hotel in Big Bear where one of the *positive* reviews was "great place, except for the spiders in the room!" Ugh, god, no. Time after time, we were persuaded that we were better off staying home.
Into this void steps the Grand Idyllwild Lodge. This newly-constructed inn is run by a couple, Jacki and Brad. Think of it like as a big B&B, and you'll get the idea. The rooms are clean and lovely. Nice common spaces & decks. The location is great, off the main drag in Idyllwild but an easy walk to restaurants. Jacki & Brad are friendly and host a reception each evening with wine & snacks, but otherwise let guests have their privacy. The lodge isn't quite finished — as of May 2014, Brad is still putting the finishing touches on the gym, sauna, and remaining guest rooms. But even now, it's head and shoulders above anything in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Idyllwild Lodge is an unforgettable boutique luxury lodge nestled among the trees on over two acres of land. Located at the "top of the town," this breathtaking lodge features panoramic views of the pristine, idyllic San Jacinto Mountains, including a majestic backdrop of the monoliths Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak. ... more less