It is impossible to overstate the beauty of this place. It's not just that it has magnificent views of the marvelous mountains surrounding it (although those views are superior), but the Lodge itself is a beauty in its own right and it is both compatible with and respectful of its location.
The entire facility simply shines with the care and professional pride the owners have invested in it (Brad literally built the place from the ground up). It is handsome, elegant, clean and polished and, everywhere, wide, spacious windows open to wide, spacious views.
The rooms -- we stayed in one but investigated several -- are beautiful. All are smartly appointed, well and thoughtfully decorated by Jacki (Jacky?), who has a sophisticated, thoughtful approach to decor. The public spaces are equally smart and stylish.
One minor glitch: The morning breakfast buffet was okay, but there was no decaf (and none in the mix of in-room coffee selections either).
One huge problem: The Lodge is such a delightful, wonderful creation that work and other obligations may be seriously threatened -- you will not want to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Idyllwild Lodge is an unforgettable boutique luxury lodge nestled among the trees on over two acres of land. Located at the "top of the town," this breathtaking lodge features panoramic views of the pristine, idyllic San Jacinto Mountains, including a majestic backdrop of the monoliths Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak. ... more less