We have been going to the restaurant for some time, but this past trip was our first time to stay at this lodge. Certainly the rooms were fine, but not great for $500/night. They were really dark, and we could hear the conversations and comings and goings of our neighbors. They did offer a lovely basket of goodies, including home-made brownies and a few half bottles of wine. It is always good to stay on the property where we dine. The rooms were a short walk to the main lodge. The staff were warm and helpful.
Carmel Valley Ranch still remains our Carmel Valley favorite. It's not as high touch as the Casa de Palmero at Pebble. Both rate above Bernardus.