Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro

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


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
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.4

wonderful place to stay in Big Bear

3.0 on January 10, 2017

Stayed over Christmas period - ideal accommodation to enjoy festivities. had stayed there before so new what to expect - everything was as expected. Lovely buffet breakfast - owners were very hands on in order to allow staff to enjoy holiday break.

Felt at home and welcomed

5 on November 30, 2016

From the minute we got there it was very nice, well kept and the host was very helpfull and friendly. It was just what we were looking for. Perfect setting for us.

Lovely little b&b

3.6 on July 18, 2016

Absolutely loved the Knickerbocker mansion, great space and property and the owners are very sweet, room was clean and breakfast was good! Great location, walking distance into town and had a lot of cute seating areas.

Great Hospitality

4.0 on July 11, 2016

Great Southern hospitality...

jk review

5 on June 15, 2016

We had a great stay at the Knickabocker. Ed and Vicki were great hosts, they were both a little anxious that weekend because they were going to be grandparents that Monday if I remember correctly. All the other staff was very personable too, I like the Creole touches in music and food, nice of them to bring their roots to the mountains. Will definitely look to stay here again when I head to BB : )

only one issue

4.6 on June 14, 2016

My wife stayed here in May 2016 and we loved every minute except the fact that the mattress needs to be replaced. We could feel the springs even with a mattress pad. I hope they get new ones before our next visit.

Awesome Place

5 on March 02, 2016

We were greeted by the owner. The room was cozy and clean and we had a fantastic weekend.

Perfection in the Mountains

5 on February 13, 2016

We happened to be the only guests here the night we stayed (Super Bowl Sunday) and and were welcomed warmly and with coffee and scones, delicious! We have a family of four and stayed in two rooms at the end of a hall, which was perfect and we could close off the area so we had privacy (not like we needed it being the only guests!) The room and bathroom amenities are well appointed and classy. The showers are great with the right amount of pressure. The TVs had cable and the wi fi worked great. There's a Keurig in each room. The bathrooms also have a heat lamp so you are not cold when you get out of the shower. There are cute fireplace stove heaters in the room plus central heat. Breakfast and coffee in the morning-5 stars! And you can watch woodpeckers as well while you eat. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Big Bear but the Knick! Also the dinner and brunch on the weekends is FABULOUS! You really must make time for it. Great food and great wine list. The best in town!

Romantic Getaway

5 on February 03, 2016

Had the best time at the Knickerbocker with my girlfriend. The staff there is awesome, everyone is nice and polite and fun. The food at the restaurant is amazing. We had breakfast and dinner there and couldn't have been more happy with how tasty everything was. Their coffee was great too! The rooms are cozy and everything was quite lovely. We had a great romantic getaway for the weekend here. Most definitely want to go back again.

Wonderful weekend away

4.4 on December 28, 2015

Overall it was a great experience and we would recommend it to everybody. For our dinner reservations, the food wasn't as good as we hoped it would be but the feel and the ambiance were amazing. My husband and I enjoyed the property and the fresh snow made for a very romantic weekend. We would definitely come back!

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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: 4

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, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Lake, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Tours, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, 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-6PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Accompanied by Parents at all times.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Night Minimum
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night stay deposited required
  • Cancellations: Room rates may vary on season and day of week. All rooms have full private bath with tubs and showers. All rates are per night and based on one or two-person occupancy. ALL ROOMS, EXCEPT SUITES, ACCOMMODATE ONLY 2 PERSONS OF ANY AGE! Rates do not include local taxes and fees. Minimum Stay: Two (2) nights. 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. We accept all major credit cards. Cancellations: Must cancel 14 days before your stay to receive 100% refund.
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  • Time Served: 9AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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