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Wonderful Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

Big Bear Hostel is a small home-style hostel. 3 Private bedrooms and one 7-bed dorm next to Big Bear Village and across the street from the lake. 1 mile to ski resorts. (Free local shuttle). Kitchen, TV lounge. Meet Californians and travelers from all over the world coming to enjoy the mountains.

Our property has common outdoor spaces including a kids' playground, firepit, gas BBQs, horseshoes, outdoor furniture, driveway, and parking lot.
Walk to pizza, burgers, Thai, crepes, Poki bowl, Himalayan, fast food, sandwich shop, steak house, Mexican, barbecue, Chinese, Indian, sushi, ice cream, candy shop, Hawaiian, tacos, pancakes, Sports Bar, brew pubs and more!

Simple dorm sleeps up to 7 guests and features free Wi-Fi, bunk beds and a sitting area, plus shared bathrooms.
Private rooms, some with smart TVs and/or minifridges, are also available.

• Check in from 16:00 to 22:00 (no dorm check-in allowed after 21:30)
• Check out from by 10:00 or you will be charged a $25 late checkout fee per person.
• Bedding and towel are provided. Beds are made with sheets, pillowcases, and folded blankets.
• Please bring your bathroom items.
• Pets are not allowed.
• 15-day maximum stay per month.
• The house has central heating set at 68-70.
• No cooling. Big Bear has cool mountain air 99% of the year. Fans are available in the room.
• We enforce quiet hours from 10 PM - 7 AM

• Direct payment to Big Bear Hostel is required to confirm reservation. Big Bear Hostel requires 50% of total due (after HostelWorld deposit) at time of booking. At 14 days before arrival, the total reservation cost is due. You will receive an email after booking with a link to complete payment and provide us your phone number. Failure to reply complete your reservation will result in cancelation and loss of HW deposits.
• 11% local hotel taxes and fees (not included in HostelWorld price) must be paid prior to arrival.

Parking is complimentary. Communal areas include kitchens, lounges, as well as a lakeview deck.

Big Bear Hostel is part of our retreat center site located just across the street from the lake and 300 ft from the Big Bear Village with a convenience store, 20 restaurants, a visitor center, a marina, nightlife, shopping, a sports rental shop, bowling, movies, a bus stop, lakeside parks, hiking, and more within a 5-minute walk.

Spring/Summer/Fall: Watersports, Hiking, Biking, Boating
Winter: Ski, Snowboard, Sledding, Snowshoe

Food & Dining: ​Big Bear Hostel is just steps from all the best eating restaurants in the village. Himalayan, Indian, Thai, Sports Bars, Sushi, Crepes, Pizza, Burgers, Brewery, Italian, Mexican, Ice Cream, Steak, Fusion.

Big Bear Hostel Policy and Conditions:

- Cancellation policy: Free cancel 14 days before arrival. 50% refund 7-14 days before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the full amount of your reservation.
Within 7 days of arrival, there are no refunds for cancellations.

As a small family-run operation, we can't take the loss if you cancel at the last minute. If you have not called and canceled and received a cancellation confirmation by email, your reservation will be considered a No-Show, and be charged the full amount of your reservation and is not eligible for a rain check voucher.

• Winter weather, road closures, or last-minute illness are not valid reasons to cancel and get a refund. Be prepared to drive in the snow, take alternate routes, or wait for roads to open if necessary. We take no responsibility for pricing typos which will be canceled and refunded as soon as we notice them.

• If you leave early, we cannot refund you for unused nights. Reservations canceled outside of our free cancellation period may be given, at the sole discretion of Big Bear Hostel management, a 'rain check' credit (valid for 6 months) if we can re-book for the same night(s).
In rare events, (I.e. Flooding, earthquakes, 'Acts of God, pricing errors, maintenance, or for any other reason.) your confirmed reservation may be canceled and refunded in full without recourse or recompense. Your Hostelworld booking fee (deposit) is out of our control and will probably not be refunded.

• We don't take cancellations over the phone. To cancel, please cancel via or email.
• You must receive an email confirmation from us or your cancellation is not complete!

• General:
Reception: We have no lobby or reception, we handle all check ins by messages and in person outdoor welcome.
Door codes provided at check in. No curfew after you have checked in.

• Reservations required - No walk-up customers allowed.

• Big Bear Hostel Description
We have an on-site host, but you will be mostly interacting with other guests in the house.

• This is not a party hostel. We are family-friendly. Please don't stay with us if you plan to stay out late drinking at the bar. If you disturb other guests while intoxicated you will be kicked out (evicted) with no refund. Disturbing other guests will not be tolerated. If you snore, please don't book a shared bunk room!

• The common areas are the kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and large deck overlooking the lake.

• We do not provide any meals. You can cook your meals or eat out at over 20 fantastic restaurants nearby.

- Security
• We have 24/7 security cameras on the outside entrances.
• Each bedroom and the main entrance have keypad code entry locks.
• All guests must provide a passport or ID from outside the area, and the credit card of the name on the reservation at check-in.
• We serve international travelers and visitors to Big Bear.
• We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
• The manager is on-site 24/7.

- Policies
• We offer a Safe and Secure environment.
• Guests must present a valid government-issued ID at check-in. (State Drivers license, ID, or passport) Courtesy to your fellow guests is required. Violations of our terms and conditions will result in eviction without a refund. You agree to be held responsible for any damages caused during your stay. You agree we can charge you for damages or excessive cleaning caused by you or guests at your party. 24hr video recording of outside entrances. We can't guarantee you can extend your stay. Please reserve the correct number of nights ahead of time.

• Double Check you have the correct 'Number of Guests" on your reservation. Extra guests are not free and can only be added if capacity allows.

• Children must be included in your guest count and are not always free. Your reservation shows the number of guests allowed in your room. Base rates include a certain number of guests. Extra guests cost $25 +tax depending on room/season. If you show up with extra guests and we cannot accommodate everyone, you will not be allowed to stay and not be given a refund.

• PCT Hikers: Please message us before booking. Despite hosting thousands of hikers for 15 years, our rentals are not a good fit this year.

• Sorry, No Pets allowed.
Big Bear has many pet-friendly lodges, please choose them when traveling with animals. We are a small family-run business with a child with allergies. Thank you for choosing other pet-friendly options.

• Age Limitations. You must be 18 years or older to make a reservation and have a valid ID and credit card at check-in matching the name on the reservation.

• Coronavirus Waiver. Despite thorough cleaning and high-touch surface disinfection between guests, we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to viruses or germs during your stay. Guests assume all responsibility for their safety and that of others in their party, and agree that use of any common areas and our facilities are at your own risk.

Thanks for reading. Now let's have some fun!!

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Nov 28, 2023
Considering how expensive staying in Big Bear is, This place is a little heaven for the money!!!!
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  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
  • General

    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • BBQ
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Cable TV
    • Hair Dryers
    • Microwave
    • Children's Play Area
  • Services

    • Laundry Facilities
    • Bicycle Hire
    • ATM
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Mini-Supermarket
    • Cafe
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Nightclub
    • Wi-Fi

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