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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 2598 Reviews
Summer Sales Meeting at RBI!
Reviewed 22 hours ago

We just had an off the charts successful Summer Sales Meeting for 200 attendees at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Don't know how we are going to top this meeting! Beautiful setting, incredible banquet food and awesome service.

Serene Surroundings
Reviewed 2 days ago

Service and amenities are first rate. Wedding held there was gorgeous. Having an adult only pool was heaven for a teacher on vacation ! Definitely a great value for your money. The online concierge was great with help for everything.

Best Waitress in Years
Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent the evening on the patio at the Veranda Restaurant in Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Vickie is one very special lady...31 years at the INN...this lady is so special, very accommodating , very special laugh and you feel like she has know you for years and knows everything you like and how you want it....Thank you Vickie for making our Birthday Celebrations with a very dear friends more special....

The Freemott's

Many Great Experiences for Many Years
Reviewed 2 days ago

I always enjoy having a room with windows that open to enjoy the best weather of the San Diego area. Evenings on the patio with fireplace make for the right environment for a glass of wine. The grounds are kept to golf course standards with California mission style architecture.

Superb Service!
Reviewed 3 days ago

This review is for Veranda Restaurant only. We made a reservation to celebrate Father's Day, but when we arrived our reservation was nowhere to be found. Initially it was quite frustrating and extremely disappointing.

Turned out our reservation was accidentally listed as canceled for some reason. My sister-in-law who made the reservation said she spoke with Chloe? and another person. So somewhere along the line there was some sort of miscommunication.

However, Saisha? at the hostess stand was able to figure it all out for us and get us a table. So we were very appreciative for her help in getting it all sorted out.

Emily, our server, is THE very best!!! She went above and beyond to make our dining experience absolutely amazing and even more memorable. She sets the bar really high! She's funny, bubbly, engaging, attentive, and her recommendations for menu items are on point. The salmon, bread pudding, and drinks she suggested were all so delicious. She is a truly valuable asset. I kept commenting to my family how much I wish all servers were as amazing as Emily! Her colleague, Marcos, was also very helpful.

Emily really helped turn a not so great start into a wonderful and joyous Fathers Day celebration! Thank you again Emily!