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
Did not get room preference, requested in advance. And was told, if checked out at 2 instead of 1 pm, I would be charged a half day charge. Not flexible, even though it looked slow at resort.
Hallway Carpets need updating.
Stayed here for a business convention. Beautiful scenery! Enjoyed the patio and nice views from my poolside room however the room had a strong odor - dampness? mold? Had to leave door cracked open to air it out. Appreciated the amenities - fridge, hair dryer, coffee maker, make-up mirror. Comfy bed and good wifi. Leslie D'acquisito the Concierge went above and beyond in customer service. She was extremely helpful in arranging a rental car for me ahead of time and displayed a level of professionalism and customer experience I've not encountered elsewhere.
I stayed at the ranch for 4 days for a training. Everything was excellent. From the spacious rooms and bathroom (oh the tub!) to luxurious sheets. Delicious coffee. Clean facilities all around. Cordial staff. Meeting rooms clean, odorless. Restaurant is very good and prices are exactly what you'd expect from a place like the ranch.
A wonderful experience. Serene environment, filled with the sounds of water from all of the wonderful fountains and pools. What you may believe about hotel food certainly doesn't apply here, every meal was a gourmet experience.
A very relaxing atmosphere. I was here for a conference, so I didn't get to explore all over, but I did have to walk around a lot. Rooms are spaced out, but I liked that as felt like I had more privacy. Staff was as friendly as you can get. Really great to have that, and they helped me whenever I needed something. The one hot tub I used was small, but they had a few pools to choose from, so were options. Room was great. Huge, and all the features I could want. I'm looking forward to going back next year (conference).