We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Idyllwild
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

81 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 81: English reviews
Long Beach, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Rainbow Inn over the Thanksgiving holiday and, once again, enjoyed the ambiance, quality and serenity of this wonderful inn. John does such a great job making guests feel comfortable and serves up a gourmet breakfast each and every morning. Some of the other guests during my stay have been returning year after year and many of...

Thank John S
San Diego, California, USA
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We have been to Idyllwild many times over the past 30 years, and always enjoyed our stay. However, we hadn't visited in several years and soon found that places we had previously stayed were either closed or under new ownership. Inspired to find something new, we learned about the Rainbow Inn on tripadvisor. We made the right choice. At every...

Thank SanDiego_MK
Anaheim, California
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I checked-in for an overnight stay at this lovely inn last July 5,2016. As it's just a day after the holiday, we had the place to ourselves..a very elegant, clean, quiet, and with well furnished and appointed rooms. The inn and its backyard is homey with a very accommodating and efficient innkeeper/manager. His breakfast feast for us...

Thank Lizbeth7
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

This large and beautiful bed and breakfast is situated very close to the downtown area of Idyllwild. The facilities and clean and comfortable and the owners and manager couldn't be more welcoming. There is plenty of off street parking. The outdoor areas are massive and well kept. I can't imagine why you would stay anywhere else while in Idyllwild. Everything...

Thank Robert V
Newport Beach, CA
Reviewed 16 July 2016

My wife and I stayed here 2 nights and we hated to leave. John is such a great host and he immediately makes you feel like you're at home. I was a quality control manager before I retired and I still can't stop scrutinizing everything. The Rainbow Inn impressed me in every way. It is clean, beautifully decorated, and has...

Thank rox59
Los Angeles
Reviewed 6 May 2016

This place is amazing and the owner is the best. He really cares about his guests and their experience. The food he makes is so good. I went for a writing & yoga retreat and was so excited to find this gem in the mountains. I was blown away by the level of caring that he had for us during...

Thank stephnewyork32
Reviewed 14 April 2016

We did a two night getaway to Idyllwild in the middle of April. We hadn't been there in decades, so we used TripAdvisor, and settled on the Rainbow Inn. We are so happy we did. The place is charming, and the host, John, is great. He is interesting to talk to and knows a lot about Idyllwild. He turned us...

Thank Walter O
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 27 March 2016

I cannot recommend the Rainbow Inn highly enough. I've stayed at 5* hotels around the world and yet this hidden gem is among the best places I've ever visited. John Simpson, the owner and host, is a celebrated travel photographer, whose stunning experiences adorn the walls. He's also an excellent chef and the king of hospitality. His tranquil spirit and...

Thank kevinlO7318YS
Poway, California
Reviewed 13 March 2016

The Rainbow Inn is a charming place to stay in Idyllwild. Situated next to a creek among pine trees, it is just a short walk to the center of the village. The rooms are cozy and nicely decorated. The owner, John, is an absolute delight. One of the highlights of staying at the Rainbow Inn is the delicious gourmet breakfast...

Thank LOIE60
Palm Springs, California
Reviewed 28 December 2015

The accommodations, the host John, location, gourmet breakfasts, everything 5 star. Best B&B experience I have had. Thanks to John and his wonderful B&B this was one of the best Christmas' in my 61 years. Thank you John. We love your place.

1Thank PRRicardo
RainbowInnBB, Owner at Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

What a generous review PRRicardo. I'm so pleased you found the Rainbow Inn comfortable and accommodating to your needs. I appreciate you taking the time to post a review as I am always striving to make sure guest's needs are met. Many thanks, John

29 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (22)
Hotel & Grounds (3)
Family/Play Areas (1)
Room/Suite (3)
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Other (14)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (7)
Room/Suite (4)
Dining (1)
Other (2)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Idyllwild
17.2 km away
Desert Riviera Hotel
Desert Riviera Hotel
#1 of 70 in Palm Springs
1,782 reviews
16.7 km away
Vagabond Inn Palm Springs
Vagabond Inn Palm Springs
#49 of 70 in Palm Springs
102 reviews
18.2 km away
La Maison Hotel
La Maison Hotel
#4 of 70 in Palm Springs
645 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.6 km away
Quiet Creek Inn
Quiet Creek Inn
#2 of 9 in Idyllwild
145 reviews
0.8 km away
Pine Woods Resort
Pine Woods Resort
#8 of 9 in Idyllwild
92 reviews
1.2 km away
Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse
Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse
#5 of 12 in Idyllwild
99 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
Room types
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Rainbow Inn offers five luxuriously appointed guest rooms each with their own private bath and many with their own fireplace. Rooms also feature wi-fi internet connectivity, cable TV, DVD players, refrigerators, access to an extensive library of DVD’s, six-hundred thread count sheets and in-room coffee makers.Whether it’s for one or 100, the Rainbow Inn on Strawberry Creek provides you with the picture-perfect environment for a quiet getaway, romantic wedding, serene retreat or business conference. Bask amid the spectacular scenery of alpine forests, along our rushing mountain stream or in the unique shops, galleries and restaurants of our quaint village. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast

Address: 54420 South Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Region: United States > California > Idyllwild
Price Range: €117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Rainbow Inn Bed And Breakfast
Rainbow Hotel Idyllwild
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
San Diego, California
9 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“The Bear Den is a smaller room than others but was perfect for us, one couple”
 of 5 bubbles rox59, 15 Jul 2016 | Read review
“all the rooms are perfect”
 of 5 bubbles kevinlO7318YS, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are beautiful. Size is the difference, some with fireplaces. We stayed in the Swan Lake room. Large with nice size bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles lynnel122, 19 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Any room would be great. I'd sleep on a couch in the lounge if I had to, just to stay here.”
 of 5 bubbles FredO764, 10 Jun 2015 | Read review
“The Swan Lake room has a king-sized bed, a whirlpool tub, and gas fireplace.”
 of 5 bubbles P3766IKmarkh, 2 Jun 2015 | Read review
5 of 5