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Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro

869 Knickerbocker Road PO Box 1907, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 USA (Show map)
403 Reviews
$125 - $240
per night

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The historic Big Bear landmark Knickerbocker Mansion Country Inn was originally built by the 1st damkeeper of the Big Bear Lake Dam in 1920. This magnificently restored unique log private home and carriage house is now a well known B & B with rustic elegance, a quite atmosphere and personal attention from the innkeepers. Two historic buildings with guest rooms sitting on 2.5 private heavily treed acres backing to the national forest, yet walking distance to the Village of Big Bear Lake. Complete conference facility and full restaurant(open on weekends). The moment you arrive you will realize the Knickerbocker is a very special place.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Dining4.4

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Peaceful retreat

3.8 on December 08, 2014

Finally, a long overdue review! We stayed at the Knickerbocker in mid September of this year. We found our room comfortable, and very charming. We stayed in the carriage house suite which afforded us a fireplace and our own private deck. We had trouble getting the fireplace lit, but when we called the desk someone came right away to help out. No big deal, the pilot wasn't lit. Since we were in Big Bear to visit friends we did not get to spend as much time at at our room as we would have liked. I could easily return and spend part of a day just sitting on the deck and relaxing, reading and breathing the mountain air. We will definitely return. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a relaxing retreat walking distance from shops and restaurants

Best big secret on the mountain!

5 on November 28, 2014

Magical mountainside retreat from the trail to the front door. Be ready for a slap of southern flavor and hospitality. It a must see property close to the village, high end bistro and experience.

Excellent place to stay and have fabulous food

3.6 on November 12, 2014

I stayed here for couple of days and the experience was excellent. I checked-in late evening and the staff supported very well in late evening for food and accommodation; above expectation. And the morning breakfast food was superb; very delicious and very well served. The staffs were very friendly, my 6 yrs old daughter still remembers them. I recommend this as best place in Big Bear for Bed and Break accomodation

The Perfect, Peaceful Stay

5 on November 10, 2014

The room was clean and peaceful and Chief Robert provided not only a delicious breakfast but an education on Big Bear. I highly recommend the Knickerbocker Mansion.

Great escape B&B

5 on November 06, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mansion. The owners were away so we were catered to by Alyssa. She was a wonderful hostess. The rooms and property are beautiful. The full breakfast was delicious. The location is perfect. We walked to downtown shops and restaurants and hiked up to breathtaking views. We would love to visit again and share their home!

Arceneaux Stay

5 on October 20, 2014

Very clean and quiet. Lovely place to stay!

Not what I expectated

3.2 on October 20, 2014

I was surprised at size of the room we rented. Very small, slightly larger than my walk in closet! The managers moved us to a larger room, But the bed was very uncomfortable. I feel bad giving a bad review because the managers were so friendly and nice, however the room was a disappointment.

Exceeded my expectations, very comforting stay

4.2 on October 15, 2014

The current Owners have only been the proprietors for a couple of months and it seems they have made a lot of positive changes according to older pictures and previous reviews on other sites. We received a warm welcome when we checked in an hour early, nothing was mentioned about being there too soon, they had just put out Sweet Tea and Cookies. Our room was clean with basic amenities. We stayed in the Willow room of the Carriage House which was upstairs. The water is very noticeable when running but not intolerable. I could not hear our neighbors but I can't speak for the downstairs rooms.There was a new gas heater in the room and vents for what may have been a/c but with the windows open, not necessary. I enjoyed a few hours on the porch of the mansion reading and watching wildlife while the Husband was Mountain biking. There is a trail right behind the property that he took back so I did not have to worry about picking him up. The Inn is close to town but a little bit uphill so leisurely walks are nice but not after a shopping spree or a really large meal. It was really relaxing there and this uptight female really needed the wind down. It was exactly what I was looking for. Oh..the food? Excellent....we had fruit for a 1st course (not just average melon bananas and stuff) and the 2nd course on day 1 was "shored eggs" with peppers (a new one for me) that impressed these taste buds and day 2 was a French Toast Casserole with sausage. I really wish we had dinner here but had already made plans for other Restaurants we love in town, but we do plan to return sooner than later. They also have a Sunday brunch...the possibilities are endless, you won't regret staying here. Arrive without the pretentious attitude and expectations, get back to rustic ambience and simple pleasures. You will leave refreshed and ready for the "big city" once again, okay maybe just for the drive back.

Relaxing stay.

5 on October 15, 2014

The service here is the best and a carefully prepared breakfast that you will look forward to each morning. The new owners of this B&B are the most gracious people you will ever meet.

Best Breakfast in Big Bear

4.4 on October 04, 2014

This was our second visit to Knickerbocker Mansion and we will definitely be back. The room has fine, not exceptional, but clean and nice. I would like to see them change the TV to one that has a DVD player as the one in the room was old and only took VHS tapes. The location is beautiful in the downtown section of Big Bear. You can see the lake in the distance. Our favorite part was breakfast by Chef Robert. He makes delicious food and his service was amazing!

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Rooms & Rates

Benjamin Wilson Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

John Eastwood Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Cypress Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Carriage House Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Elias Baldwin Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Bill Holcomb Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Mansion Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Evergreen Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Juniper Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Willow Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Blacksmith Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Serrano Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type



Ontario, CA (ONT-Ontario Intl.) 45 miles

Directions to property:

See the map on our web site with downloadable pdf instructions at .knickerbockermansion/directions/html

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Lake, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Gourmet Restaurant Friday/ & Saturdays

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3PM-9 PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights weekends, 3 nights some holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Cancellations: Room rates may vary on season and day of week. All rooms have full private bath with tubs and showers. All rooms have TV/VCR and private telephone with voicemail. All rates are per night and based on one or two-person occupancy. Due to fire regulations, we have no rooms that can accommodate more two persons, including children of any age. Rates include a gourmet breakfast each morning and refreshments in the afternoon. Specialty coffees, teas and a selection of cold beverages, and home-made treats are available throughout the day. Rates do not include local taxes, fees and energy surcharge. Minimum Stay: Two (2) nights on weekends, three (3) nights on most major Holiday Weekends. One (1) night stay allowed mid-week Sunday through Thursday (Holiday periods excluded). Deposits: To confirm your reservation, an amount equal to one night's room rate, or 50% of the entire stay's rate is due at time of confirmation. If using personal check, deposit is due within 7 days of confirmation. We accept all major credit cards. Cancellations/Refunds: Should your plans change, be sure to call us within the following guidelines to ensure a refund of your deposit: 7 days prior to arrival date - full refund of deposit. 14 days prior to arrival date - (for standard Holiday time periods) Full refund of deposit. A 30-day cancelation applies to holidays starting mid November through January 1st.



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  • Time Served: 9AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


869 Knickerbocker Road , PO Box 1907, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 USA (Show map)

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