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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Country club-style pampering on the outskirts of San Diego with Spanish fountains, a spa and acres of gardens

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Rancho Bernardo Inn San Diego – A Golf and Spa Resort
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
San Diego, CA 92128 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2482 Reviews
A week at the Rancho Bernardo Inn
Reviewed 7 hours ago

Love this Inn. Beautiful grounds and excellent service. Spa is great and the staff ......can't say enough. I think this is the best place to stay in Rancho Bernardo. I will be traveling back to San Diego in May and will definitely stay here again.

Rancho Bernardo Inn
Reviewed 1 day ago

my husband and I are Social members. We frequently dine at The Veranda restaurant. The staff is wonderful. We love Vicki and, recently, we had excellent service from Lauren R.
The Manager, Jamie is both professional and warm. Aubrey is the BEST! If you EVER need to have an Event, RBI is the place!!!
Dave and Susan King

Spring Break vacation
Reviewed 1 day ago

My family and I stayed for a week and this place is AMAZING!! From the service, friendly and accommodating staff, the food, the incredible grounds to the ease of access to various attractions, the Rancho Bernardo Inn is hard to beat! We will definitely be back. Thank you for a great time.

Golf tourney week-end
Reviewed 1 day ago

My husband’s golf club goes to the Inn annually for their tournament, this being about the 8th year. Always a warm, relaxing place. Some rooms are available with fireplaces, great feature! Service at patio restaurant was quite slow, but good food. High-end restaurant available on upper level. $$$$$

Vacation
Reviewed 1 day ago

Absolutely perfect stay! Beautiful grounds and beautiful room! We really enjoyed walking around the grounds.Staff was wonderful! We were even surprised with special treats for our anniversary! We will definitely be back!