Rancho Bernardo Inn San Diego – A Golf and Spa Resort
What We Love
- The location: nestled in an upscale neighborhood on the outskirts of San Diego
- Generations of guests return here for its welcoming ambience
- The spa, a garden compound, complete with water features, a saline pool, cabanas and organic treatments that change daily
What To Know
- The resort is about 30 minutes from San Diego’s most famous attractions
- Though called an inn, Rancho Bernardo is more of a sprawling resort
- The hotel’s famed restaurant, El Bizcocho, was replaced by Avant, a farm-to-table concept, in June 2013
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Poised amid 265 acres of lush garden, Rancho Bernardo is a red-roofed Mission-style resort with statues, fountains and well-placed benches. Indoors, wood beam ceilings, oriental rugs, carved furnishings, fireplaces and both European and American antiques evoke a magnate’s mansion, cozy yet opulent. Less country inn than full-service resort, Rancho Bernardo has 287 guestrooms, three pools, 21 fountains, an 18-hole championship golf course and a sanctuary-like day spa. It’s smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood, but the acres of woods and gardens ensure that it feels secluded and bucolic.
Bed and Bath
With private balconies and/or patios, Rancho Bernardo’s guestrooms overlook the golf course or the Spanish-style gardens. They’re timelessly decorated and done in soothing, tranquil earth tones: caramel leather chairs, tawny walls and sand-hued fabrics. Custom furnishings and original art lend a classic Southern California opulence. Luxurious bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and/or large walk-in natural stone showers and fluffy towels.
Rancho Bernardo is best known for its popular par-72 golf course. Composed of varying terrains, waterfalls and hills, and studded with oaks, it pleases both duffers and expert golfers. The spa offers a variety of organic treatments, from body scrubs to facials. Dine at the Mediterranean-themed Verandah or grab a quick casual meal at Café Grande. Sip a cocktail while playing old-fashioned shuffleboard at the Bar, a beloved hangout for guests and locals alike.
In the Area
Rancho Bernardo isn’t on the beach, so ocean lovers who want to explore the coastline should plan a picnic at La Jolla Shores, which has firepits. Hikers can tread the myriad trails around the inn. Sycamore Canyon Preserve’s 6.4-mile trail meanders through diverse landscapes. A biking and walking trail with stunning vistas, Lake Hodges West Trail weaves for six mostly flat miles. A 30-minute drive brings you to a slew of famous attractions, including the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, Sea World, and Legoland. Explore the Gaslamp Quarter, a haven of restored architectural charm awash with cafés, bars, boutiques and galleries. At celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s happening Searsucker, don’t miss the duck fat fries. Imbibe an adult beverage at Vin de Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor, a contemporary play on the historic bones of the area. Really thirsty? Head to the Lost Abbey Brewery, which specializes in beer brewed in the monastic tradition. The tasting room boasts some 20 beers on tap.
How to Get There
They offer a shuttle, but only provide it when they want. You have a free bottle of wine with your visit, but nobody tells you. I killed a spider next to my front door the first day, and six days later it was still there. Their pool is out of service, but you do not know that until you arrive...
My hubby and I visited as part of a business conference. We arrived a day early and after checking in explored the grounds, and ate on the terrace. We wished we had added additional days - it was fabulous. The outside dining at night under the stars was amazing -- yes the food too! Our waitresses were terrific - and that was just the first night. Everyone was friendly and the accommodations were wonderful. We had a personal deck by the Santiago pool with a gated entrance. We are returning, three days was not enough. We loved it!!
Stayed mother day weekend, poolside, cabana, spa services, dinner and gorgeous room with a gorgeous view! Loved the concierge texting! Vickie at Veranda was unbelievable. She took great care of us, made sure we had the perfect wine to accompany our dinner.
Rancho Bernardo Inn was perfect for our wedding weekend! We had been there a few times with friends and loved the quiet ambiance, the escape from a busy life and the amazing staff. Our catering managers, Courtney and Adrian, were amazing in coordinating with us/our wedding coordinator, answering all of our seemingly unending questions, and hosting our guests. The staff at every level was awesome, the grounds were beautiful, and the spa was amazing!
Had a massage booked on the BUSIEST day of the year (Mother's Day) - my massage therapist Maren was extraordinary. My shoulders carry all my stress - she worked out my kinks, had great pressure & would've never known that she had a full day of booking. I was very impressed with her! Too bad I can't take her back to DC.