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Bernardus Lodge & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   415 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carmel Valley
San Francisco, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Extraordinary with a little extra!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We've been to Carmel Valley many times previously but we have never had the pleasure of staying at such a great establishment. From the moment we arrived all of our cares went to the wind. As we were escorted to the lobby, we were greeted with a refreshing glass of white wine. After relaxing in the lobby for a few minutes, Sydney offered to take us on a tour of the resort and our final destination being our luxurious room.

Throughout the property tour Sydney was very informative, gracious, and sincere. She explained all of the amenities on property. When we reached the room Sydney discussed all of the room items and informed us that all of the items in the wine grotto were complimentary. Which is a PLUS!!! There were 3 half bottles of wine (pinot noir, chardonnay, and their Marinus), also many treats to snack on. There was even lavender bath salts in the room. They have truly thought of everything.

The first night we stayed on property and dined at Wickets, which is delicious by the way. We were disappointed that Marinus was closed, but Wickets was perfect for the night. The following we wanted to dine in town. Sydney had recommended Cantinetta Luca in Carmel by the sea, she took care of our reservation - everything was seamless.

Overall we had an amazing escape from our busy day to day lives. This truly is a refuge for anyone in need of relaxation. The staff is amazing and truly caters to your every need, especially Sydney.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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santa barbara
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117 reviews 117 reviews
61 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Second time staying here and it was as good as the first. Our suite had a patio with jacuzzi, great sitting area, very comfortable bed and great bathroom. Service was excellant. Did not use the spa this time but did use the gym which was basic but good. If I could eat their french fries every single day... I would be happy and dead within a year. They are that good. The grounds are beautiful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cayucos California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We have been staying at Bernardus Lodge for at least 8 years and alway's enjoy our stay! From check in to check out our experience has been great! I own a Triple AAA 4 Diamond Bed and Breakfast on the central coast and love to stay at properties of the caliber and love it so much that it is my husband and I's secret getaway or so I want to think it is a secret but cannot be kept so because it is to fabulous to not share with others! When you are in the business of pampering it is so nice to be pampered back! Thank you so much for taking such good care of us all these years!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, California
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Having stayed at this lodge a few years ago, I`d almost forgot how special and classy it is until returning recently. The rooms are exquisitely appointed and supplied with quality amenities that are not usually found in high end resorts. The foyer has a copper covered bar with a spacious under the counter refrigerator stocked with cheese, white wine and fruit juices. Filtered water and 2 bottles of red wines with wine glasses are on the counter along with bags of potato chips, popcorn and sweets, al complimentary. The bathrooms are large with double sinks, a large jacuzzi tub, separate shower area and separate toilet. The bathroom amenities are of the highest quality. The large bedroom/ living room area has a fireplace, seating area with a sofa and swivel chair, flat screen TV and a table for 2 with fresh fruit. Their is an outside private patio with wooden chairs and tables. Quality robes and slippers are also provided.
It does not get much better than this and there is more. The lodge itself is classy, has wines, fruit and comfy seating areas. The staff is very friendly and service minded. The dinning areas both inside and out are perfect settings for the quality dinning offered from a top chef, Cal Stamenov who is as good as they come.
The lawn has croquet set up and their is a tennis court. Hiking is also an option.
Located in the quiet and peaceful Carmel Valley 11 miles from Carmel, this is a retreat for those desiring to have a class, country romantic experience.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We have just returned from a three night stay and had a great time! The weather was perfect and even allowed for lounging by the pool.

our room could have used a refresh...but was comfortable and spacious. The food is expensive but good especially the mushroom pizza - the best! The fire on the lobby is so welcoming and cozy.

Yes this place is expensive but look for special deals that make the nightly rate much more reasonable. Ask when you make your reservation.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Glen Rock, New Jersey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in November of 2011, and this place just knocked our socks off. I didn't write a review back then, but I happened across this trip advisor page and I read the 5 reviews that give this place only one star - I balked, am convinced they must stayed some place else, and felt the need to counter.

My husband and I came to the Bernardus because my sister was getting married there. Originally, we thought we wouldn't be able to afford it, but we got an awesome deal on jetsetter that allowed us to get a room normally $500/night for only $200/night. The exceptional thing about this place was that from the moment we arrived, they were there to meet our every unanticipated need (unanticipated by us, that is). We show up, they start by valet parking our car for free. We go into the lobby, they hand us a glass of their vineyard's wine, and have us sit comfortably by a roaring fire while they check us in. Then they took us to our room - the cheapest one I believe - and it was amazing. The bathroom was the size of my bedroom at home, and had a HUGE jacoozi tub, and then a separate shower. The mini fridge, normally to be ignored in most hotels due to gauging, was filled with COMPLIMENTARY gourmet items, such as ridiculously good goat cheese, artisinal crackers, and by the way, here are TWO free bottles of nice wine, one red and one white. They didn't just clean your room once a day, but they actually came back a second time for turn down service - not so rare in a luxury hotel - but at the bernardus, they turn on your in-room fireplace (yes, there was one of those), dim your lights, put on romantic music, turn down your bed, and put a vial of soothing aromatherapy oil on your pillow - and no, they didn't forget the mint. Every time we went to our car, and they brought it around, they had two new bottles of water for us - nice little touch.

On the second day, we made our way to the spa. We didn't actually get any services that we paid for, but they welcomed us anyway. I asked where the jacoozi was, and they said they didn't have one - they have a "warming pool". What's that? I wondered. Well, it's a pool, not big, but a decent bit bigger than a jacoozi, that is set to the temperature of a perfect bath. So you have room to swim around in it, and it's warm, but not so hot that you can't put your head under water. When we were done with that, we showered and got into our robes in their lockerrooms, and sat by a roaring fire in the middle of the spa, and enjoyed little spa refreshments.

Our experience was so good, that we have since tried to achieve it at other hotels, but to no avail. We live on the east coast, so the night after our wedding, we drove to the Hershey Hotel & Spa in Hershey Penn., which was around $700/night, and is supposed to be one of the finest spas in the country - it didn't come close the Bernardus. Nothing else has since.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milton
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126 reviews 126 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

The staff was delightful and the grounds are gorgeous. We stayed for 4 days for my sister-in-laws wedding in December 2012. I was impressed at how helpful and friendly everyone was, dedicated to making your stay an enjoyable one. The rooms are done well and the food was excellent. Loved Wickets Pub and the outdoor fireplace for a nightcap. The Lodge is located close enough to Carmel with plenty to do if you like to explore. There are also hiking trails just a 3 minute drive down the road. We can't wait to return for a longer stay we the weather is a bit warmer so we can enjoy the pool also.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 415 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
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Location: United States > California > Carmel Valley
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carmel Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bernardus Lodge & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lodge is widely recognized as one of the top winemaking estates in California. Founded by celebrated winemaker Bernardus Pon, the Lodge resembles a classic European country inn, with 57 suites, a luxurious spa, award-winning restaurant and the Bernardus Winery and Vineyard. For a relaxing getaway, an off-site retreat, or romantic wedding, discover why Bernardus has become the luxurious heart of Carmel Valley. ... more   less 
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