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Silver Pines Lodge
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We really loved the atmosphere. Our room had a lilac theme and was very enjoyable. We loved the fish pond with Koi and the big trees all around. Close enough to town to walk and other nice hikes around. We will go back. Everyone we met there was friendly and helpful. Especially Chris. She even gave me plants from her pond for mine. No swimming pool or fitness room but plenty of places to walk or hike. The lodge was the first theater in town and even though it was built long ago the room are updated. Very nice bathroom. I got to look in most of the rooms and they each have a theme and are fun.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed their during a conference for my wife's work. While we were there, it snowed about 8"(an unusal mid April snow storm). Our cabin was nicely furnished (table, chairs, couch that made into a bed, referigerator, microwave and wood burning fireplace). The cabin was very clean and comfortable and the grounds were beautuful. We could see Strawberry creek from our back porch). They have a Koi pond with a waterfall and even in the snow, it was a nice relaxing place to visit. The lodge is fialrly large with a very big, warm, comfy fireplace surrounded by couches, loveseats and rocking chairs. On Satrueay morning (the snow fell all night Friday), they had the roads cleared fairly early and they had all of the pathways shoveled in and around the property so you could get around esaily and safely without getting wet or snow all over you. These cabins are within 5 minutes walking distance to the center of town. Idyllwild is a great, small mountain community w ith many parks, shops and great restaurants. It is one of Southern California's gems. We would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Bob M
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

We've been staying at the Silver Pines for quite a few years and have our "favorite" seasonal cabins which are very familiar and comfortable as soon as we arrive. The owner, Chris, is friendly and cheerful and is either on the premises or has very attentive people who fill in for her if she is out or up at her other place, Creekhouse (very eleglant). We like the cabins since they have kitchens, room to move about and porches to relax and sit and listen to Strawberry Creek. We just visited and the music from the creek lulled us to sleep. I love the Pioneer Cabin especially in Winter and early Spring and the Great Outdoors in Summer and Fall. It is a short walk to the center of Idyllwild so it's also very convenient. We love the hiking nearby and couldn't be happier here. I believe Idyllwild has a Vortex that calms the soul and opens the mind. What a gift so close to home.

Room Tip: In the Spring rooms overlooking Strawberry Creek are the best because the sound lulls you to sleep.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

This place is one of our favorites. It's not the lap of luxury, there is no spa, no onsite bar or restaurant, but each of the cabins or rooms are set up for at least two and up to 5 or 6 (maybe more) people. Each one has a kitchen and there's coffee provided in case you didn't bring any. There's a fireplace (that's not gas), a delightful koi pond with sitting spots, a trail down the creek, great views of the woods... what's not to like.
And the proprietor couldn't be friendlier. Questions about local hikes, restaurants, properties, things to do are welcomed and answered completely as if you were the relatives (the fun ones) who just came in to visit after too long away. You might even get a special invitation to a special community event.
This is the perfect picture of a getaway. The village has it's own charm, everything is walkable. Don't expect the Hilton or the fancy resort, but do expect some of the warmest, friendliest service and the comfort of your favorite sweater.
We've been here a number of times and we're not the only ones who just keep coming back.

Room Tip: Expect each room or cabin to have it's own theme. It's not a loud party place and we hardly...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

The rooms are small, but clean and cute. Silver Pines Lodge is an older place; has been around since the 1920s, and is not "high luxury." Some reviewers complain that things like furnaces malfunction, but that was not our experience. Lovely, peaceful, restful. The huge koi pond in back with its multiple waterfalls is a dream. I sat there for hours and read and wish I could have stayed another day. Bed was super comfy, and we had a little fireplace that was so cute, and we stepped out onto the deck with comfortable chairs overlooking the pond for our private afternoon "happy hour." Perfect. Walking distance to the creek and to downtown, yet away from the bustle of the streets. VERY affordable. We are going back.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the koi pond. More private and the pond is beautiful.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

We had not been there in many years. It's a wonderful place to stay. We were in one of the cabins (Owl's Nest) which is cute, practical and warm. The beds were excellent! The owner (Chris) was as charming and helpful as the last time we saw her. Lovely location at a creek - and when the water is missing, the sound of the pond (with Koi) makes up for it. Short stroll into the center which has several restaurants and breakfast places.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 17, 2011

The cabins are not what they advertise. Very poor customer service--I stayed in a cabin and the heat and water didnt work, There was no firewood available. Extremely disappointed.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded June 21, 2012

Ward B. is reviewing his one night stay in an off-site house that we manage, NOT Silver Pines Lodge. Ward stayed one night, and there was an emerging problem with the pilot light, and Ward was the first to experience it. The problem was, it was fixable, but Ward didn't call anyone. He never gave us a chance to come over and check the problem. He just demanded 100% of his money back and was rude about it. We told him we would give him a discount for the trouble, even though he never brought it to our attention during the stay giving us an opportunity to fix it. He was irate we would not refund his fee in full for his stay, and slammed our office door so hard that it knocked pictures off our wall and broke a lamp. We are mountain location, and sometimes things don't work. All we ask is that you bring it to our attention and give us the opportunity to correct it or move you to a similar accommodation which we would have been happy to do if Ward had given us the chance.

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Additional Information about Silver Pines Lodge

Address: 25955 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 1171, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Location: United States > California > Idyllwild
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Idyllwild
Price Range: $87 - $97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Silver Pines Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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