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
I stumbled upon Rancho Bernardo Inn as I was looking for wedding venues and fell in love! Such a quiet, relaxing and beautiful resort. Everyone was so friendly, decor was amazing, food was so fresh and delicious....we already can't wait to go back.
I stayed at the RB Inn for a business conference in October. I was not sure what to expect since it was in an area of SD that I was not familiar with. I was pleasantly surprised at how great this property was.
First, beautiful golf course, right on property.
Second, staff was as nice and helpful as any staff at bazillion star properties around the world.
The grounds were immaculate.
It is an older property with character. It sprawls, giving a guest the opportunity to explore and walk around.
I did not do the spa, but it looked amazing and the pool area was quiet and serene.
We were quite taken with vast garden that is used for the excellent on site restaurants.
I would highly recommend for any conference planners or wedding coordinators.
This morning I met up with a close friend for breakfast just to catch up after not seeing each other in a while. What a great experience we had. Our waitperson, Emily, treated us as though we were the only ones there. So attentive, professional and nice. One of my favorite casual places in the area. The hotel staff are amazing and the food is always good.
we absolutely loved our stay here. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, the staff was super attentive, and our room was great. The rooms are larger and you can tell they are very well taken care of. Between the golf course, the spa, the pool, and the dining... there is no reason you need to leave!
My husband and I visited the Rancho Bernardo Inn for a weekend getaway, with plans to golf both Torrey Pines and the resort’s course.
We arrived late in the evening and found the front desk to be friendly with a quick check-in. The different buildings are spaced out and could require a substantial walk, depending on which you are assigned to. In the future we would ask for a room overlooking the golf course, which would give a great view and central location. However, the pool and courtyard area are quite beautiful and are not a bad option.
Our guest room was smallish but well appointed, with an updated bathroom, coffee maker and refrigerator. The bed was firm and high quality, so we slept very well.
The golf course was quite nice and well-run. There is a good-sized practice range and chipping area, which was under repair during our stay. Although it is located at the adjacent golf club, you can drive your cart through the parking lot to go to the range- and be sure to get ball tokens from the pro shop before you go.
The pro shop is really a gift/pro shop, and not surprisingly for a resort, items were priced on the high side. We opted to spend our money for Torrey Pines merch.
We arrived to tee off and the golf staff was courteous and efficient, which made it seamless and easy. The course was overall in good condition, with some spotty areas that could have used some attention. The 18th hole was the highlight and a lot of fun! There was a bar cart that came through frequently, which was good because we had a smoking hot day.
We ate on the Veranda both mornings, which was comfortable and had a lovely view of the 18th hole. The brunch buffet was good, with a made to order omelette station. Staff was somewhat indifferent and missing at times, but would still go back. One evening we went to Avant for a nicer meal, which was quite good- and we enjoyed the talented singer who played until 10pm. There was also a terrific performer on the Veranda in the evening, but everything was shut down outside by 10:30p. We segued into the bar at that time.
The workout facility was well equipped with lots of cardio options, weights, and other equipment. It was stocked with towels and a water cooler.
Check out was easy and we were sad to leave!