The Grand Idyllwild Lodge Review

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA
mid-scale Hotel
Suite Bliss

" Nestled among the trees on over two acres of land, at an elevation of 5,600 feet, near Pine Cove, The Grand Idyllwild Lodge is an unforgettable boutique luxury lodge. 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." - The Grand Idyllwild Lodge


4.05

out of 5

Great

Hotel rating breakdown

iconCleanliness

4
iconPool

3
iconValue

3
iconGym

3
iconWiFi

5
iconService

4
iconBed Comfort

4.5
iconRoom Amenities (TV, Coffee machine etc.)

4
iconLocation

4.5

Bottom Line

What we loved

  • Spacious room with spacious bathroom.
  • The room has two comfortable seating at the foot of the bed.
  • Small boutique hotel with 12 rooms.
  • Great location in Idyllwild-Pine Cove. Close to Idyllwild town center, which is a 15-minute walk.
  • One one-site charge point.
  • Comfortable bed
  • Plenty of communal seating (inside and outside).
  • Breakfast included in rate.
  • While slow, the lodge has an elevator to access the 3 floors.
  • Putt-putt & outdoor swing
  • Fast internet (110 Mbps).

What we did not like

  • Doors don't have peepholes, can't see who is knocking before opening the door
  • After-hours check-in is an envelope with your name and room taped to the front door, which felt unsafe. (Albeit there was a ring camera, that hopefully was recording).
  • Minimal staff onsite, have to text/call with any issues.
  • The in-room fireplace was cosmetic, a possible pro for some.

Verdict

Hotel Techology & Amenities

Excellent

Internet Speed

110Mbps

This internet speed is great for:

Web Browsing

Emails

Zoom Meetings

Streaming Music

Streaming Youtube

Streaming HD Movies

Streaming 4k Movies

Streaming Video Games

TV Ports, Plugs & other tech

Availiable in the room/hotel:

No

Key Card needed for Elevator

No

Guest In-Room Tablet

No

Mobile Key Access

No

Chromecast/Smart TV

No

Wired Internet

No

Hospitality App/Texting

Booked a one-night stay in the Suite Bliss at the Grand Idyllwild Lodge directly for $324.50. Note this 12-room hotel has a two-night minimum with check-in Friday & Saturday, one-night with check-in Sundays through Thursdays.

While the room was spacious, the after-hour check-in process felt unsafe, and the breakfast was limited. I would stay here again if I was able to stay during the weekend with more breakfast options and check in between 3 - 5 pm to work with the staff.


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