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“Dated and hard sold lodges. Avoid.”
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Pine Hills Lodge
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Julian
Reviewed May 9, 2011

We stayed for one night in a party of four. Hannah had told us she only had one bedroom available. So she charged the same cost as the one applicable to peak season (and she collected on arrival before we could see the rooms). The lodge was musty smelling. We were led to believe that all lodges were occupied. This turned out to not be true, out of the 4 lodges in the block we stayed in, 2 were not used. Yet we ended up in accommodation that was very small for our party. The floor hardly had any space for my children “roller beds” (in reality they were just very thin foams). Even though they were not cheap to have, we had to prepare them.
A heavy sales job was also attempted on us - to get us to buy the Sunday brunch. By then, we had got a good picture of what we had got ourselves in. It was good that we had seen lovely Julian town before we went there, we could see how easy it was to walk into a restaurant, thereby avoiding “concierge” charges at the Lodge. When we came back, we tried to enjoy the main building (there was a wedding before so we had not been able to see it). We were immediately asked if we wanted drinks – the bar was closing.
The quality of the accommodation was fairly poor, the bathroom was dated and rusty and the shower curtains were also not what you would expect for these “luxury lodges”.
The room was clean, including the bedding, but I would not recommend these lodges to any friend.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask when the rooms were last refurb
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank fct1
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Reviewed December 20, 2010

Pine Hills Lodge has an old fashioned legacy in time to a romantic hideaway. The innkeeper and his wife were perfect hosts and their staff provided us with gracious service. Santa greeted us upon our arrival and we briefly waited near the lobby fireplace before being seated for our reservation. The buffet was American traditional breakfast fare with hearty offerings.

The lodge location is atop a pine crested hilltop with views of surrounding mountains and valleys. The quaint cabins provide a perfect setting for a weekend get-a-way. And only seven miles south of San Diego's famous pioneer town of Julian.

Happy Holidays to all

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank JonLe
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Reviewed November 27, 2010

We came for the Thanksgiving special dinner which had three seatings and you had to reserve in advance. The price was $40 per person which would be reasonable if they hadn't run out of turkey, mashed potatoes yams and whipped cream for the pie. We were at the last seating and they must have known this was going to be a problem and they should have offered a discount or free cocktail or something but nope, they kept their mouth shut and we felt ripped off.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank lofa
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

Nestled up in the hills away from the main highway, yet near historic Julian, Pine Hills Lodge is the perfect place to unwind and relax. It is rustic, yet charming, and our cabin had a claw foot bathtub! We had deer and wild turkeys roaming outside of our cabin and the air was fresh and clean. Sunday brunch was delectable. We sat outside under the cedar trees and dined on salmon, Cajun shrimp, garlic green beans, and all the usual breakfast fare, but somehow it just tastes better up there. The staff at the lodge were friendly and helpful, which made our stay all the more enjoyable.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank jdcd5487
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

We came to Pine Hills for a wedding in May and thought it very expensive for what was being offered. This was a joyous occasion but the owner was extremely rude, never once smiled ----- strange as the whole lodge was booked by wedding guests and he was obviously making plenty of money, and the same went for the barman. Our cabin was OK but some other guests had problems with lack of cleanliness and bad smells. Even though they knew all the cabins were booked you would think they would take the trouble to air them. The morning after the wedding we were promised a fab brunch ----- it wasn't great at all and he wanted $20 each for the privilege. A definite rip off.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank anneeliza
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

I really do LOVE this place. It is a step back in time. And don't hestitate for a minute to book here - No, the Pine Hills Lodge is not the Ritz Carlton, Julian. Nor should it be. This is an ADORABLE rustic lodge in the mountains above San Diego. The drive from the OC is just the best. You will arrive and get a drink in the pub and play checkers (OMG it has been sooo long and it is still fun.) U can have dinner reservations made for u in town. And u can wander the property, seeing adorable things like a turkey hen walking her babies and the mist rolling in on a mountain nite in Spring. No, there's no tv or phone. It's good for u!!! And don't u have a cell phone anyway? My sweetie and I talked, walked, held hands, and re-experienced our love. If u need a typical 5 star B&B, go to Santa Barbara. If u want rustic charm,come to Pine Hills Lodge. I did and I am so happy I did. I will so be back. Especially in Autumn!

Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
5  Thank OneBabydoll
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Reviewed May 29, 2010

Our son and new daughter-in-law chose the Lodge as the venue for their May wedding and we couldn't have been more pleased. Every one of our needs were met. The owner's and staff were exceptionally gracious and efficient which allowed me to actually relax and enjoy the day. We had family members in from out of State and all of us stayed the night. A most beautiful and relaxing time. The lodge has rooms upstairs and cabins for wheel chair needs. The food was delicious, the service exceptional and I would highly recommend the Lodge to anyone contemplating a beautiful Julian wedding. Katherine I. Leicht - San Diego, CA

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank SocalNomads
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Address: 2960 La Posada Way, Julian, CA 92036
Location: United States > California > Julian
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Julian
Number of rooms: 273
Also Known As:
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