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Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast

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

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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
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

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Always a fabulous getaway!

5 on April 12, 2015

The warm comfortable ambiance as soon as you enter the Inn gives you a sense of relaxation. John is the best of host's. His attention to detail is exquisite. This is one of the multiple times we've stayed at the Rainbow Inn and we have always been beyond satisfied and appreciated of his efforts to accommodate.

Excellent Experience!

5 on April 09, 2015

Our brief stay was so enjoyable. The room was charming and relaxing. John, the owner and host is gracious and makes a point to plan individuality for any dietary needs or other desires of his guests. The breakfast was delicious and beautifully presented. Quiche, fresh yogurt with fruit and home baked goods. The inn is located near town, but feels like it is tucked away in the woods. I highly recommend this place.

Perfect Idyllwild Experience

5 on March 29, 2015

Idyllwild is quiet, artistic, naturally beautiful, and calming. The Rainbow Inn compliments the setting and enhances the experience. John is wonderfully welcoming and his pride shows. He maintains an impeccably clean residence and cooks up terrific healthy breakfasts, catering to individual tastes and needs as he does it. If I were to name the Bed and Breakfast that best meets the vision of B&B life, the Rainbow Inn is it. Thanks, John

Best B&B

4.8 on March 29, 2015

The food was wonderful. The room was better than I expexted. Newly renovated and really designed.

Cozy, country feel B&B

3.2 on March 25, 2015

First of all I did not have high expectations for a B&B in Idyllwild. The room was cute, roomy, and adequate. The house is noisy though, you can here other guests and people in the kitchen/common areas. I am a very light sleeper so this was a problem. However, the owner was very nice and made us feel welcomed. If we did go back to Idyllwild we would try a different B & B that is more secluded. It is on one of the main roads in town so there were cars flying by all day and night. It was a little pricey for the location. The Jacuzzi tub took forever to fill and it took a while to get hot water. If I had to rate this it would be at a 3.5 out of 5

Great experience

5 on March 14, 2015

John is a great host and a good cook! Our room was comfortable and very attractively decorated. And there was a really great selection of movies for watching in our room too. We also enjoyed the very nice spaces to hang out in when your not in the room. This was enhanced by the wonderful art work and photos throughout the inn. The inn is close enough to the main drag to walk but far enough away to feel as though you are out in the wilds. We also had a great meal at Idyology and would recommend them highly too. Looking forward to going back next year!

A wonderful time

5 on March 10, 2015

My wife and I spent 2 nights at the Inn and it was wonderful. My wife is on a gluten free diet and John cooked 2 great breakfasts. We loved our stay. Barry and Marlys

Not enough time

4.6 on March 10, 2015

Only spent one night here but would have loved to spend several days there. Everything was as we expected, we stayed in a room that unfortunately had the bathroom located across the hall but it was our own private bathroom so okay. The only negative comment we had is that we wish we had more traditional breakfast selections as the Mexican lasagna was tasty but wouldn't have been our first choice for our meal. Our host, other guests and ambience was perfect otherwise and we will return again someday.

Charming and Peaceful B&B

4.0 on February 25, 2015

Got the last room in Idyllwild but glad I was able to stay here, very charming and cozy. Breakfast was so very good. Made some new friends since there was a very friendly atmosphere

What a beautiful place

5 on February 14, 2015

Clean, cosy, beautiful house full of thoughtful details. The owners clearly have a love of hosting and are great at it! Breakfast was to die for and I would love to come back.

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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

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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

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

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