Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast

54420 South Circle Drive , Idyllwild, CA 92549 USA (Show map)


The Rainbow Inn is a five-room upscale B&B located in the picturesque art town of Idyllwild, two hours from LA and San Diego, one hour from Palm Springs, nestled among majestic pine trees and towering granite mountains. The Inn is located on nearly an acre of wooded land adjacent to Strawberry Creek. The Rainbow Inn is an excellent place to relax and unwind, or to have your wedding or other event in our conference facility.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Rainbow Inn is terrific!!

5 on February 08, 2016

The Rainbow Inn is walking distance to town. The room was lovely and cozy, with a gas fireplace to take the chill, since it was February on the mountain. John is a fantastic host. Breakfast was delicious!

A great date night.

4.2 on January 31, 2016

My husband and I went to idywilld on a last minute date night. We got lucky and were able to get a room. We had an amazing time. Jons hospitality was wonderful and so was the breakfast. Thank you for opening your home to us.

A wonderful stay in beautiful Idyllwild

5 on January 05, 2016

Our two night stay at John's Rainbow Inn could not have been lovelier. He is a wonderful host, served up a delicious breakfast each morning, and made sure we were always very well informed about trails, the weather, and places to visit. We also enjoyed the fellowship with the other couples that were there at the same time - many of whom were repeat visitors. We will be also! Thanks John, Bill and Marla

Great stay at Rainbow Inn

4.8 on January 04, 2016

My wife and I love Rainbow Inn. The rooms are very nice, breakfast is great, it's quiet, and walking to distance to all the shops and restaurants. Can't wait to go back!

Winter night at the Inn

5 on January 02, 2016

This ia our second time to stay at the Rainbow Inn. We found it charming, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was especially good.

Amazing Experience

5 on December 29, 2015

Great B&B. Best I have seen. Owner John is awesome, loved fireplace in room, bed, gourmet breakfasts, location, dvd library, everything. One of my best Christmas' ever. Thank you John. We will be back. Rick and Christian

Great stay

4.6 on December 29, 2015

Wonderful stay. Will return.

Always a Wonderful Experience at Rainbow Inn!

5 on December 29, 2015

This was our second stay at the Rainbow Inn and both stays have been exceptional. John is an exceptional host and the breakfast was fabulous. My wife needs to eat gluten -free and John prepared gluten free French toast with fresh fruit - my wife loved it! Coming back next summer!

We felt like it was our home

5 on November 16, 2015

Beautiful decorations John is the best host we loved the fireplace and robes in our room..breakfast was delicious ..we had a small fridge in our room too and had wine on the patio outside on balcony

Rainbow Inn: Terrific B&B in Idyllwild

5 on November 11, 2015

Rainbow Inn was the perfect B&B for our short stay in Idyllwild. We planned the trip just a few days in advance and many other lodges and B&Bs were either fully booked or required a two-night stay. We are so happy that Rainbow Inn had a couple of rooms still available for a 1-night stay (they ended up booking all of the rooms in time for the weekend). John, the proprietor, could not have been more gracious and helpful in making our 24-hours in Idlyllwild perfect. The Inn and our room (Bear Den) were cozy, comfortable and immaculately clean. He has a fantastic DVD collection and we enjoyed watching movies before bed time. John provided us with recommendations for restaurants and hiking, including maps, trail and parking permits. He made a delicious, homemade, full breakfast - French toast, yogurt with fruit and granola, lean turkey bacon, coffee, juices, tea, etc. The room rates are more than reasonable - easily half of a typical hotel rate - and certainly more charming than a hotel. We will definitely stay with John again on a return trip.

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Rooms & Rates

Swan Lake Suite

A luxurious king size bed with decadent bedding awaits you. Sleep among original works of the masters such as Rembrandt, Salvador Dali, and Peter Max. Sooth your senses in the two person Jacuzzi tub, or lounge next to the fireplace. Amenities include: King size bed, Jaccuzi Tub Double, pillow-top mattress, In-room bathroom,600 thread count linens, Complimentary Bottled water, TV/DVD player, Extensive DVD library, Fire place, Refrigerator, Coffee pot

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155

Sunset Room

Experience gazing into the canopy of hundred year old pines as the fire warms your room and your spirit. Rustic elegance and a beautiful mahogany sleigh bed await you. Amenities include: Queen size bed, Double pillow-top mattress, In-room bathroom,600 thread count linens, Complimentary Bottled water, TV/DVD player, Extensive DVD library, Fire place, Refrigerator, Coffee pot.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Strawberry Creek Room

An exceptionally appointed room with spectacular forest views. Let the soothing sound of nearby Strawberry Creek relax you in the comfort of your luxurious queen size bed, or cozy up to the fireplace. Amenities include: queen size bed, double pillow-top mattress, full size in room bathroom, 600 thread count linens, complimentary bottled water, fire place, refrigerator, coffee pot, cable TV / DVD, extensive DVD library.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Bear Den

This cozy room boasts an extremely comfortable queen size bed and rich appointments. Sit in the bay window and read a book, watch a movie, or enjoy the quietude among the majestic pines. Amenities include: queen size bed, double pillow-top mattress, in room bathroom, 600 thread count linens, refrigerator, coffee pot, complimentary bottled water, Cable TV / DVD, DVD library.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

Music Box Room

Beautiful rich linens adorn the comfortable king bed or two twin beds. Lay back and relax in this elegantly appointed room basking in the beauty. Amenities include: king or two twin beds, double pillow-top mattress, 600 thread count linens, refrigerator, coffee pot, complimentary bottled water, private bathroom, writing table, two bathrobes, cable TV / DVD, DVD library.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

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Location Type

Hiking Trails, Rock Climbing, Nearby Lakes, Year Round Creek, Mountains, Village


Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs) 50 miles

Directions to property:

Take Hwy 74 into the San Jacinto Mountains to Mountain Center. Turn north onto Hwy 243 about 5 miles to Idyllwild.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Located on the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail, Miles of Hiking Trails, Rock Climbing, International Performing Arts School, "One of the 100 Best Art Towns", Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Library, Private entrance, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , 600 Thread Count Sheets, Outdoor Stage, Inside/Outside Wedding Facilities, Massage by Appointment, Catering Available

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 2:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking permitted on outside patio.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Limited to rooms that hold more then two guests.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some rooms have minimum stays on weekends and holidays.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We reserve the right to take a 50% deposit for holidays and other major events.
  • Cancellations: We require a 24 hour notice for cancellations for typical stays. Holidays we require a 2 week notice of cancellation. Guests may be charged for rooms if cancellations aren't made at the appropriate time.



John Simpson

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Interests and hobbies vary and include the arts, gardening, entertaining, hiking, traveling, friends and family.

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Full Gourmet

  • Time Served: 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options