Aloha everyone, I spent two nights at the Idllywild Inn last month during two back-to-back "zero days." I rented a cabin and booked it well in advance. If you're considering a stay there as part of your PCT experience, I'd strongly recommend you book early and do your best to stay on your hike plan, rooms and cabins fill fast. In any case, all my basic expectations were met and a few exceeded during my stay. The cabin was worn but clean. The shower and bath set up was nirvana after a few days on the trail; hot water is a wonderful thing. Good flow/pressure from the shower. The bed was comfortable and I slept well. The room temp was thermostat controlled and it was nice to have some heat without worrying about potentially burning down the national forest. (There was a fireplace in the room, but it didn't use it.) The living room / kitchen area was all simple and functional. Kitchen utensils, cutlery, and appropriate crockery were provided. The water from the tap tasted good. So, those basic expectations all get a solid thumbs up. The above and beyond part is this: the staff was very helpful and accommodating to hikers and, by appearances, to all guests. As for me, they answered all the many questions I had, the same questions they've been asked a million times, cheerfully. They did a load of my laundry for which I would have paid a million dollars, but it was free. They held a USPS-sent hiker box for me for well over 10 days. They adjusted my reservation happily twice. So, they get high marks for all that! Finally, while Idyllwild is certainly a small mountain town, the Inn is about as centrally located as you can get. It's across the street for the nicest restaurant in town, about a 2 minute walk from the post office, a pizza joint, the supermarket, another half dozen restaurants, and a bar or two. It's five minutes from the mountain/outdoor outfitter. So, after a few miles on the trail, it's pretty nice to have all the glories of civilization so dang close. Ok...so all in all, the Idllywild Inn is not the Ritz. It's not posh, modern, or elegant. But it's certainly not meant to be either. It's exactly what you should expect for a reasonably priced mountain town lodge. My bill for two nights was just over $200, which for me was totally worth it. As they are proud to note, it's been family run (same family) for near a 100 years if not over that mark. Again, nothing especially fancy, but for a hiker zero day it was absolutely perfect. I expect for a weekend getaway from LA, it would do nicely as well. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Idyllwild Inn (since 1904) is located on 5+ acres in the heart of Idyllwild, CA. Idyllwild is within a 1-2 hour drive of diverse locations like Disneyland, Coronado Island, and Hollywood. At the Inn you can sit on your own deck under the pines and oaks, feeding squirrels and relaxing in the great outdoors. What makes the Idyllwild Inn so unique is its rich history and within minutes our guests can experience the best that Idyllwild has to offer. Since we are located in the center of town, our guests can walk to several great restaurants and many excellent shops and art galleries. A short drive can get you to some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in Southern California. Our desire is that soon you will come and enjoy this amazing little town in the San Jacinto Mountains and join our little family here at the Idyllwild Inn. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Idyllwild Hotel Idyllwild
- Idyllwild Bed Breakfast