We booked a one bedroom cabin for a two night mid-week mini-getaway and the Timberline Lodge fit the bill for what we were looking for. The property is on the older end (aka the same age as most cabin properties in the area) but fits the funky, campy Big Bear Lake vibe nicely. It was great to have a separated living room, bedroom, and kitchen at a price that would usually score you a modest motel room.
The small unit came with a fireplace, a kitchen equipped with everything you would need to use it, free wifi, a small sofa couch that turned into a twin bed, a tiny television and VCR, and was furnished with a bunch of weird old decorations. The heater was in the living room but close enough to the bedroom to heat that up as well. Hot water took a bit to get to the room but it lasted as long as we needed. Firewood was pay-as-you-go and enough was in the room to last you all night.
Service at the front desk was only during the day, but they had lots of free 'whoops I forgot that' items available and an entertaining selection of VHS tapes. Service was casual yet attentive, which once again fits the campy mountain vibe that we were looking for during our short stay.
As others have said, if you are the type who lives in the lap of luxury and expects a sterile room that looks like it has never been used, you will want to steer clear of this, as well as most other cabin properties in Big Bear. We felt like we were staying in a relatives cottage or something like that, and for the price we paid, it was certainly a nice little treat. We will return when visiting Big Bear.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family cabins from 1-2 people to 8 person private cabins, heated swimming pool, new playground area and full size volleyball court surrounded by tall pines of Timberline, CA. Located close to Big Bear Village with lake and marina close by. Cabins are fully equipped. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Timberline Hotel Big Bear Lake