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 visited the Inn for a retreat that my school was having. I am highly allergic to laundry detergents so after booking my reservation; I asked to be connected to housekeeping to see if they offered hypo-allergenic linens for people who are sensitive. Beth, the Housekeeping Manager, kindly checked with their company but found they did not. She personally offered to wash the linens 2x in Tide Free & Clear prior to my arrival so I would not have to pack my linens to swap out. It truly is a hassle; when I get to the resort I typically have to put on the rubber gloves strip all bed linens, towels...anything laundered and put it in the closet so I do not come in contact with it. I actually have an epi pen for this allergy now. So this extraordinary service was welcome whole-heartedly! I can not say enough thanks to Beth for doing this; she is the first person and only resort that has ever done this for me. She also informed me that their spa pool is salt water! Again, I am allergic to the chemicals that go in a typical chlorine pool and spa jacuzzi. So next retreat I will have the pleasure of swimming for the first time in over 8 years! Thank you Beth; you made my stay amazing!
Excellent hotel, sorrounded by lovely gardens, open spaces and fields. It was all great: spaces, decoration, food at Varanda, staff, pools, Chef's Gardens, golf areas. Just wonderful! Particularly if you consider it was rainy and winter in California.
Very beautiful garden with fountains everywhere. Artistic landscape design. Friendly staffs. Various on site restaurants meet different needs. If you are light sleeper, try not to stay in the room that has doors connected to the next room. It is not sound-proof.
Our room was beautiful with a golf course view.
Hot tub at the corner of the building.
Restaurants and bar close by.
Big screen TV and quality room service.
The golf course has recently been remodeled and it was in excellent shape. The greens were great and the staff was very friendly.
We were in utter shock when we saw that the door to our room was facing the valet and entrance of the hotel. We had ZERO privacy and constant noise. Everytime we left our room there were people in their cars watching us with their headlights shining in our faces. In the morning we wanted to keep the door open and sit on the front "patio" but again there was zero privacy, loud voices of people getting in and out of there cars and car doors slamming. Not to mention the exhaust fumes from cars parked and running or driving by. Our room was in a horrible location and we should have never paid what we did to stay there. Huge disappointment! We even talked our friends into getting rooms next to us and they were beyond disappointed as well. We booked this vacation to relax and unwind. It was none of those. Such a waste of time and money.