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“Finally, the inn you hoped to find in the mountains” 5 of 5 stars
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54820 Pine Crest Road, PO Box 4216, Idyllwild, CA 92549   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Idyllwild B&B and Inns
Los Angeles, California
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“Finally, the inn you hoped to find in the mountains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

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.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We stayed here mid-May 2014. Very excited to have found this craftsman style lodge on a hill close the town. The accommodations are spacious, bright, well-decorated, with very comfortable beds. Lots of windows to view the pines and let in the mountain air. We stayed in Suite Romance, the largest room I believe with a bay window and lovely views toward town and the pines. Our friends stayed in a smaller room, equally as inviting.
There is a lovely library sitting area on the second level, as well as a great room on the main floor and decks abound with views of Tahquitz Peak. Fresh continental breakfast included weekdays, with a full breakfast on weekends. Afternoon wine and beer are offered in the bar area.
We ambled to Café Aroma in town for dinner and live music. A delightful stay!!
The lodge owner / builders are helpful and friendly. They are adding rooms for a total of 9 (very clean...no construction debris anywhere) and a fitness room and spa, so we are planning to return with our car rally group, who are accustomed to upscale lodging. I know they will be impressed.

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Walnut Creek, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The Grand Idyllwild Lodge is a fabulous inn located in the mountains above Palm Springs. Anyone visiting the mountain community of Idyllwild should stay there if considering an overnight in the mountains.

From the beautiful rooms that are all different, to the views from the lodge, to the service, this is one great experience. My wife and I stayed in the Sweet Romance room and it was worth every penny.

We relaxed immediately upon entering the lodge. The owners, Brad and Jacki, give personal service you do not get at comparable inns. This is a great place!

Joel and Nancy Bryden

Room Tip: Just ask the owners and they will not steer you wrong.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Thanks to someone checking out early, we were able to stay here on a whim. Don't count on doing that, though - this beautiful lodge is likely to be booked far in advance, especially when they complete the additional spa area downstairs. When people build something beautiful, as Brad and Jacki have here, you can feel the pride of craftsmanship in every detail. That's something that is hard to quantify in a review, but it certainly added to the loveliness of the experience. I especially loved stepping out on the porch in the morning and listening to the sound of the amazing water feature/stream that Brad so thoughtfully included in the landscape! If you are looking for a high quality getaway spot, you will not be disappointed. Like us, you may start planning your next visit while eating the lovely breakfast prepared by the owners. (Bonus: dinner at nearby Café Aroma was the best ravioli I've had since Florence, Italy!)

Room Tip: We stayed in "Suite Memory", decorated in lovely Crate & Barrel-style. Each room is un...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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porsche1979
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We stayed at the lodge over a holiday weekend (Mother's Day) and had a wonderful experience. The owners are very focused on being very accommodating and the lodge is fantastic. For our trip we stayed in Harmony which offered a great private balcony and mountain view, perfect for a romantic weekend. The room was spotless and we didn't hear a sound from the other guests in the morning or evening. Upon arrival Brad was adding a movable awning to the large upper window to block the morning sun (they were quickly responding to comments from other guests) it did the job of keeping the sun out allowing us to sleep in, just as we planned. Their restaurant suggestions were spot on, providing great food and fantastic service. We even met the wine maker that produced the wine we were having while at Cafe Aroma. The lodge is very close to everything from hiking to dining. Luckily we were there during one of the second Saturday local art shows, allowed us to pick up some great pieces of local art at very reasonable prices. We will be back, there is no question about it.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Encinitas CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Based upon quality there is no equal in Idyllwild. This new lodging has established a 6-star standard they has never existed in Idyllwild.

The only downside is that with only six rooms (3 more under construction) you may have trouble getting in. As more people experience the Grand Idyllwild this will become even more difficult.

We would never want to come to Idyllwild and stay anywhere else.

The couple who built this piece if heaven they treat you like members of their family

The breakfasts are amazing

Happy hour at 6pm every day is great.

Every room is customized

Soon they will add an exercise room and mini spa.

If you can afford the best quality this is the only ace to consider in Idyllwild!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Poway, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We have now stayed at The Grand Idyllwild Lodge 4 times and we are already booked for our next 3 stays at The Lodge. Each time we visit, we feel as though we are staying at the home of friends. Brad and Jacki are the perfect hosts. Apart from the beautiful rooms, we love meeting the other guests at breakfast and during the evening wine gathering. Twice when we have stayed at The Lodge, Brad and Jacki have hosted a multiple course dinner to raise money for Idyllwild charities. The chefs have been amazingly creative and the food has been fantastic. We look forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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: 54820 Pine Crest Road, PO Box 4216, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Location: United States > California > Idyllwild
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Idyllwild
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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