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“Some good points, some not so good.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Strawberry Creek Inn

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Strawberry Creek Inn
Ranked #7 of 9 Idyllwild B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Clemente, California
Level Contributor
95 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Some good points, some not so good.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

Here are the good points: lovely old house, fine furnishings, very clean, friendly & social people, comfy bed, great location in town, easy parking. The flipside: tiny shower, creaky floors, you get to hear all your neighbor's business through thin walls (yep, uh oh!), just OK breakfast, no A/C, and the world's tiniest TV. In some countries this would be a fantastic place, but not for $130 in California. Just my opinion.

Room Tip: We were in Nancy's room. OK size, small bath.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank SCTraveler2011
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Marc K, Group General Manager at Strawberry Creek Inn, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Please note that as of mid December 2016, the inn is under new ownership and management. We apologize for the disappointing experience you had with the prior ownership and management.

Many enhancements and renovations have been done or are coming spring/summer 2017, with over a quarter million dollars in upgrades and improvements during off-days when guests are not present, including an upgrade to the most ridiculously tiny TVs (we agree!!) We've already completed installation of brand new carpeting throughout, including designer carpeting in the dining room, total renovation of all hardwood floors which now sparkle, and complete repainting and modernizing of the room's wall palette in the main inn house while retaining the historic character.

We hope you'll give us another try soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

My husband and I live a fast-paced life and my husband, in particular, works 70+ hours a week so getting "away" is a necessity for us. We went to the Strawberry Creek Inn for a weekday get-a-way and fell in absolute love with Strawberry Creek Inn!! I loved the location, I loved the people, I loved the town. The hammocks that were provided were amazing and so relaxing. My FAVORITE part was reading through other people's memories while we had wine. We stayed up and laughed all night long. We loved the experience so much that we are sending his daughter there for a birthday present. Highly recommend!!

Room Tip: Next time we are trying the cabin! They dont have a fitness center
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Nicole C
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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

Would probably try another place next time (if we ever go back to Idyllwild). Place is nice, Santa Fe room was small but pleasant, although you might want to bring your own pillows if you are used to soft & fluffy under your head at night. Bed was also hard and if that was a "queen", then I'm Queen Latifah! Also, maybe not doing laundry in the room right next door at 8 am when the guest is showering would ensure that the guest have the warm water they need to finish off! However, breakfast was charming and a walk along creek in back was relaxing.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Debra S
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Marc K, Group General Manager at Strawberry Creek Inn, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Please note that as of mid December 2016, the inn is under new ownership and management.

We apologize for the disappointing experience you had with the prior ownership and management.

Many enhancements and renovations have been done or are coming spring/summer 2017, with over a quarter million dollars in upgrades and improvements during off-days when guests are not present! We've already completed installation of brand new carpeting throughout, including designer carpeting in the dining room, total renovation of all hardwood floors which now sparkle, and complete repainting and modernizing of the guest room wall palette in the main inn house while retaining the historic character.

Our team hopes you'll give us another try this season; we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by all the great improvements and upgrades.
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Corona
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

My husband and I came to stay a couple nights the night after we got married. We just got home from our getaway and we're still reeling about how perfect this Bed & Breakfast was. It was SO wonderful. From the second you drive up you can feel the energy of this haven pulling you in. The entire property is warm and Ian and Rodney are gracious hosts. The Inn has it's own chickens [so fun to watch] and the breakfast is amazing. We fell in love right away and would recommend ANYONE to stay at this Inn. It was quiet, romantic, and simply lovely.

Room Tip: We loved the Autumn room. Felt like home.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Amber H
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Santa Monica, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

I attended a writing workshop here and am dying to go back. Rodney and Ian are fabulous hosts who have created this cozy and comfortable Inn in an idyllic setting. The food was fabulous (but don't plan to stick to your diet). My room was simple yet comfortable and homey. I stayed in the Nancy room. The mattress is great, btw. I highly recommend the Strawberry Creek Inn. It's also within walking distance of town and has a trail out back. Oh and the eggs come straight from their own chickens (don't worry, no roosters on the premises). Delicious. You'll love it here.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank moldovakat
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San Diego, California
Level Contributor
36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

So close to the congestion and noise of the city yet you feel so far removed in this mountain hideaway. The room was well appointed and comfortable. The common areas in the main bldg are comfortable, warm, and inviting, and the breakfasts unbeatable. Also several real nice restaurants in the town center of Idyllwild and all within walking distance. We stayed in mid August during the weekend of the annual jazz festival so the town was probably a little more lively than usual. I'm thinking this would be a great place to park it on a cold wintry weekend. The exterior of the bldg and the grounds could use a little TLC but that doesn't detract from the experience at all. I would go again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank FredO764
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Escondido, California
Level Contributor
65 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

We stayed in the evergreen room. It was connected to the main house but also had its own entrance and small patio. It was on the first floor. It was a very cozy room with a big fireplace. The bed was extra comfortable and the sheets were wonderful. The breakfasts were very yummy. We had a peach French toast and chicken sausage on the first day and a egg puff and fresh fruit and bisquits on the second morning. Even my picky husband enjoyed the breakfasts. Our hosts were very nice. The cons of the place were that I was never really sure how to contact my hosts with a question. I think they should have given directions when we checked in. The room was cold at night and in the morning and there was no heater in the room. We did have a fireplace but they had no logs for sale. My husband had to walk to the gas station in the dark. There were enough blankets but I would have liked a space heater. We had our own bath and shower but the shower was teeny. You could not bend down to wash your feet. I waited to get home to shave my legs. We loved the bench swing out front. We spent a few hours in that swing. It was cozy. We also liked the proximity to town. You could walk there easily.

Room Tip: We were on the first floor and heard lots of foot traffic from the rooms above us. I would choose a...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Michaelshoney
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Property: Strawberry Creek Inn
Address: 26370 Scenic Hwy 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Location: United States > California > Idyllwild
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Idyllwild
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tranquil retreat that will rejuvenate your spirit and relax your body, the Strawberry Creek Inn offers peaceful luxuries and simple pleasures. Just two hours or less from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and San Diego, the San Jacinto Mountains will envelope you in the rustic beauty of Idyllwild, California. * Walk along Strawberry Creek * Savor a homemade breakfast of fresh, organic ingredients * Read in the library * Bask in the summer sun * Snuggle in front of a roaring fire in winter Come visit and rediscover life’s quiet joys. ... more   less 
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Strawberry Creek Hotel Idyllwild

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