The Golden Bear Cottages Resort appears on its face to be a cozy throwback from an earlier time. Most pictures online portray a clean and somewhat modern interior, complete with the "Jacuzzi" tub....well it's not quite that way.
Despite the fact that the service there (as far as their response when you ask for things) was good, the level of cleanliness left something to be desired. Most of the cookery and some of the plates were filthy, greasy (we are talking baked on filth), and clearly not maintained by the cleaning services.
The "Jacuzzi" tub was sufficient for one person of sub-standard height who does not mind freezing (we went when there was snow on the ground) in the unheated room that it is located in.
This brings me to my biggest gripe, the heating. Heating was accomplished via a small heating unit attached to the front of the cabin. Sadly, this unit was only capable of keeping the main room and kitchen from freezing, but it could do nothing for the bedroom and bathroom areas (made of brick and mortar/no insulation from the outside). This resulted in my first having to build a fire in the fireplace and keep it going 24/7, then finally turning on all of the burners on the stove in desperation when the fire and heater were insufficient to keep us out of our gloves and snowboots.
As for the rest of the property, it has a nice children’s play area and barbeque facilities for a time when you will not freeze doing so.
Having said this, our stay was not too miserable, I just had to do a lot of dishes and freeze in the bathroom.
- 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
- Golden Bear Resort