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Idyllwild Bunkhouse
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Spent a lovely 2 days with my best friend at this charming little place. Our accommodations consisted of 2 separate rooms each with a queen bed and a small kitchen area. We also had a lovely little balcony that overlooked the forest. The bathroom was really tiny but we made it work. The beds were very comfortable, but there was some traffic noise from HWY 241 - but that pretty much ended after 11 PM. In the AM they delivered a basket with the most delicious scones either one of us had ever tasted and homemade jam. The basket also had oatmeal packets , fresh fruit, and juice boxes. Yumm! The folks who run the place were very sweet and helpful. Would definitely stay again.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

We spent two nights at the bunkhouse and it was a no frills rest area. The cabins/rooms are small but well equipped with a kitchenette that had a large bar fridge, a pot , a pan, and dishes for the room size rented. The outdoor space is really well worth the cost of the room in my opinion. The views are really nice. The balconies are not really private but everyone we came accross was really nice and welcoming. The rooms are not luxurious but they are clean. I didnt care for the perfume like smell on the bedding and I did not realize that we could have requested a "non pet friendly room". I had a little problem with my pet allergies kicking off in this room. There was a water leak under the bathroom sink but we did not want to bother the owners after hours and it was not an emergency in my opinion. So we put the trash can under it and went about our weekend. The back door allows plenty of fresh air and the continental breakfast is good, the homeade scones are one of the best I have ever had. The preserves were yummy and the oatmeal, and fruit juice were packaged. They did throw in some little "cuties". The TRAFFIC is noisy so opening the front door is not desireable but it dies down after dark. You cannot walk SAFELY from the bunkhouse to the town of idyllwild because there is no shoulder on parts of HWY 243 and you could easily be struck by a car. We drove to town and walked around. Be prepared the coffee at the bunkhouse is not drinkable so we had to drive to town for that or bring you own. The shower is basic but the soap (made of coffee) and the conditioner are on the wall so you dont have to bring your own. The towels were thind but soft enough. The beds were really cozy and the comforter was warm.... AGAIN NO FRILLS! The owner Susan is very nice and the staff person (didnt get her name) was more than concerned about our stay and wanted to do anything to make it good. We would stay here again just for the location to hiking, nature center, views, and the scones. Great if you are travelling with a pet.....

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Had such a great weekend here !

Love the service ! After booking online, Holly called me to answer any questions. Then upon check-in and during our stay Susan and Oscar were beyond accommodating!

This is a very cute mountain hideaway just minutes from a very cute, albeit touristy , town of Idyllwild.. Every room has a small kitchenette and a forest view balcony.

The rooms are small but seem a lot larger due to the vaulted ceilings...knotty pine is
awesome !!. Built in the 1950's these are not modern - this is not the Marriott!

You can hear the folks next door if they are loud, but with quiet time between 9 pm and 9 am - we had courteous neighbors who respected that rule.

The balcony off the back it very small as well. but a nice place to enjoy morning coffee.

Each morning of our stay, we got a basket delivered to your door with a gentle knock to announce the arrival: fresh scones (these are INCREDIBLE !!!!) fruit (we got apples) oatmeal and boxed juices

We did love our stay here but may rent a cabin next time because we like a lot of room !

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

got a great deal through living social, stayed the weekend to beat the hot Arizona summer. Had a wonderful time, breakfast was delicious and the innkeepers were extremely friendly. Word of advice: if you do not do well with high elevations, bring tylenol. Woke up in the middle of the night with a killer migraine, fortunately, the innkeepers have a stash of medicine for their guests. Breakfast was amazing!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

Oh, my! The pictures can only capture the outside specialness and charm of these cabins. The location is easy to find and close to town-central Idyllwild, with all rooms (including kitchen!) looking out at the mountains. Our deck was so private, with full-grown trees at the perfect angles to block views of other decks. Fall views are spectacular, the weather cooler and the townspeople even neater!

Inside, vaulted ceiling with fans as well as (un-needed) air-conditioner unit; clean interiors with quilts and use of real wood pieces as curtain rods and holders, to anchor mirror corners, hooks for clothing and towels, even as drawer pulls.

Room Tip: We had Room 3 with 2 bedrooms. The second bedroom had 2 twins, and the main room/lounge has a Queen...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

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We would have never found this little gem, nor ventured into this neck of the woods (literally) if it weren't for a deal that my Beau came across on LivingSocial. We stayed here from 8/11/13 to 8/13/13. The overall experience was nice and we accomplished exactly what we were aiming to accomplish and that was to escape from the madness of L.A. City life and RELAX.

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We arrived around 1:30p.m on Sunday-8/11/13 and were able to check-in early. (Check-In is normally at 2:00 p.m.) The innkeepers were friendly enough; however, they are unavailable in the evening, but there is a contact number left on the office door. Unlike other reviewers we were not charged any extra costs or hidden fees, outside of the normal taxes.

***WARNING: This is NOT the place for hardcore/high maintenance city dwellers. This is not a high-end hotel, the rooms are far from upscale and fancy, but they seem clean. The overall accommodations are simple and quite rustic. There is no daily housekeeping and there is no room service; one must take on the "difficult challenge" of venturing out for food, or bringing one’s own groceries, cooking one’s own food and cleaning up after oneself.*** (We had read the reviews & visited the motel website prior to traveling and opted for taking our own food and cooking ourselves.)

We stayed in room #16, and as other reviewers have stated, the rooms are SMALL. The rooms seem geared towards couples only (barely;) definitely not family friendly. It had one queen size bed, a very small shower (no tub,) small toilet, small sink, small electric stove (with only one working burner,) mini-fridge, a small dinner table that seats only two, and an even smaller kitchen sink. They do provide some basic pots, cups, bowls, glasses, a wine bottle opener, wine glasses, coffee packets and a coffeemaker, coffee creamer, artificial sweeteners, white sugar, (no organic raw cane sugar, nor tea, but luckily we had our own.) They provide clean white towels, and have hand soap/lotion & shampoo/conditioner and shower gel dispensers, the latter are filled with coffee based bath products; however, our hand-soap dispenser leaked, making for a slippery floor, until we decided to place a pile of tissue on the floor. However, they do NOT provide an iron, luckily since we're only a 2-hour drive away from Idyllwild, I took most of my clothes already in hangers. Do not expect a nice flat screen tv, as the room has an old dinosaur television set mounted on the wall, which was no big deal to us since we spent most of the day outside the room, enjoying the natural surroundings and downtown Idyllwild. The room also has a small balcony, which I loved because it's facing the Forrest. The balcony was quaint and nice to sit at, while sipping tea at night while star gazing, or while enjoying a nice cup of Joe in the brisk morning air.

As other reviewers also stated, the walls are thin, very thin, mainly because the inn is built with all wood, like a cabin. Luckily they have a “no-noise” rule from 9pm to 9am, so we didn’t have any noise problems. Another warning: the water pressure and temperature fluctuates, even if nobody is using the water or flushing toilets, and our shower knob had a cold water leak so if you’re showering with warm water in that very reduced space, you are bound to have that cold water get you. Works as a wakeup call. 

it also gets quite hot in here, even with the windows and backdoor open. There is no AC, but they did provide an over-sized fan and there is also a ceiling fan, although the latter doesn't provide cooling air.

The detail that I liked and appreciated about this place is the morning treat. Every morning around 9:00 a.m. the innkeepers deliver a tiny basket of breakfast goodies, which they hang from your door-knob. They give a light knock on the door to let you know breakfast has arrived. The basket had two packets of organic oatmeal, two apples, two kid juices, a cup of jam and two WARM & YUMMY SCONES. We LOVED the latter! When done eating, simply hang your little basket back outside on the doorknob.

We also tried doing the hike from the bunkhouse to their sister property the B&B, but the trail was not very well marked and we ended up getting lost. We had to take the road back to the bunkhouse, but we do not recommend this, as it is not pedestrian friendly, which I wish they would make it pedestrian friendly since the bunkhouse is not far from the nature center and downtown Idyllwild and it defeats the purpose to drive to any of these places.

Overall: Would Return.

Room Tip: Good for couples. Outer cabins, good for families. Take your own dish-soap or bring disposable goods...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

The Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse is centrally located right off of the main road in to Idyllwild. Surprisingly it is still very peaceful. We enjoyed the forest view sitting on the small patio located off of our room. The rooms are no frill. I would refer to the word "bunkhouse" when describing the decor and atmosphere of this place. It is fine if you are in town for an event or a brief family getaway, but certainly not a honeymoon. They do provide a small kitchenette, but if you want to watch t.v. it will be while sitting on the bed. The bathroom in our room was teeny tiny. It had a stall shower. It does the trick, but do not plan on a luxurious bath. The hosts were very friendly and the breakfast was a nice bonus.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 25525 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549 (Formerly Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse)
Region: United States > California > Idyllwild
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Idyllwild
Price Range: £83 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Idyllwild Bunkhouse 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seated on a hillside overlooking the San Jacinto State Forest, the Idyllwild Bunkhouse is an affordable, eco-friendly mountain lodge tailor-made for hikers, rock-climbers, fisherman, mountain-bikers, or those of us who wouldn't dare head to the mountains without the kids or the pets. From camping-themed rooms with knotty pine interiors and vaulted open-beamed ceilings, to tastefully furnished cabins built with privacy in mind, every Bunkhouse accommodation has a kitchen/kitchenette, private balcony with stunning forest views, Aloe Vera bath amenities, free wi-fi and satellite television. ... more   less 
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