Big Bear Lodging

How to Find a Place to Stay in Big Bear Lake, California

View of Big Bear Lake
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Big Bear Lake is a good place for a getaway in the mountains. It's a cute little mountain town, with beautiful, natural surroundings. You'll need more than just a place to sleep while you're in Big Bear Lake. Take a look at things to do in Big Bear Lake for a weekend getaway.

You also need to find a hotel that's right for you. Before you choose your Big Bear Lake lodging, there are a few things you need to know. Those big hotel booking sites won't tell you about them. The local visitor's bureau won't either. That's why I'm here, to fill you in the things you should know before you search.

A Bit About Big Bear Lake

The best part about Big Bear Lake is its size; no matter where you stay, you’re never too far away from the action.

During the summer and winter peak season, it’s best to make reservations a month ahead of time, and for the highly-popular Oktoberfest, two months ahead will give you more options. If you’ve waited too long, you might find a place in Sugarloaf or Fawnskin, which are 10 and 20 minutes respectively from Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear Lake offers a wide range of places to stay: traditional hotels and motels, rental homes, cabins, campgrounds and resorts.

Finding a Hotel in Big Bear Lake

Find your Big Bear Lake lodging like a pro. Use the same process we use to choose our recommended hotels. However, you'll need to know a few things about Big Bear Lake hotels first:

Big Bear Lake has few brand-name hotels, but it does have a Motel 6 and a Best Western, which is called the Big Bear Chateau. With them, you’ll know what to expect, but their rates are similar to the smaller, locally-owned places, which may have more character.

Some properties charge extra "resort fees" which are not always easy to find out about and can increase the total cost. If you're in doubt, call the property and ask before making your reservation.

Once you've picked a few good candidates for your Big Bear lodging, apply all the best tricks to get the lowest possible rate. You may also want to use Tripadvisor to check guest reviews and compare prices.

Finding a B&B in Big Bear Lake

If you’re looking for a smaller, more intimate setting for your Big Bear trip, a B&B might be your best bet. Use to find one that suits you.

Big Bear Lake Vacation Rentals

Try using TripAdvisor to locate some of the smaller cabins and resorts. If you’re staying for longer than a few days you could rent a home or an apartment from a private owner. Use this link for your search. We’ve found that searching in other ways may unnecessarily limit your choices.

You can also find a lot of properties to rent at Big Bear Lake on AirBNB. They range from tiny little cabins to luxurious vacation homes, decorated in styles from cowboy chic to woodsy ski lodge.

How About a Hostel?

For the truly budget-minded, Big Bear Lake also has a hostel. They offer dorm-style beds and private rooms. Find out more at their website.