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“Beauty up on the hill” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Certificate of Excellence
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25 reviews
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“Beauty up on the hill”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

What can I say except that this is the place to go if you are looking for exceptional service and food. Once you get to your hotel there was a basket of goodies already waiting for use compliments of the hotel. Service was great, everyone was very friendly and helpful. Valet there is great! The guys Tim and Rich always remember our name. Food here is out of this world, very clean and fresh. I don't think there is one bad thing on the menu at all and I tried everything. Very pet friendly as well. The only downside was the bed, wish it was more comfortable, Bernadus Lodge you guys should check out Four Seasons bed!

Room Tip: Pet friendly, 54 rooms, heated pool, 10 minutes up hill from Carmel-by-the-Sea
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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  • 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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27 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

My wife an myself spent only 2 nights at the fantastic Bernardus Lodge from April, 22nd to April 24 th 2013.

At first we were a little disappointed as we thought the Hotel would be located in Carmel. But at a second sight we really enjoyed the calm of Carmel Valley. Whe Carmel itself comes to a foggy small town around 4 PM - you stull can go back to Carmel Valley - 15 minutes by car - an install youselt next to the pool an enjoy the rest of the day.

The welcome to the Hotel was charming - the guys from the valet service were fantastic. Breakfast was great- We did not eat at the lodge preferring to gou out to Carmel village. But the menu looked great an accordingly to what other guests said the food et the lodge was fantastic.

If I ever go back to CA the lodge is an adress I will not miss.

Room Tip: room 17 ist great an located just adjacent to the cricket field
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  • Stayed April 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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Sonoma,CA
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This was our second time at Bernardus and we had a wondrful time. We booked a romantic weekend package and it was great, started with a wine and rose pedal bath on arrival and a couples spa treatment on Saturday. The massages were fantastic!! We will be back again soon.

  • Stayed April 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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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I booked room six at the Bernardus Lodge as a surprise for my wife on our two week vacation of Northern California. This room is absolutley beautiful. It has a King bed, large seating area, beautiful bathroom with two person shower and two person soaking tub. It has a fireplace and the room comes stocked with wine and snacks as part of the rate. However, the coolest thing about this suite is that it has a beautiful outdoor private patio and garden with an in-ground hot tub. We stayed here for two nights and we didn't want to leave the room / hot tub. When we did leave the room, the employees were out of this world friendly and helpful.

On our first day, we enjoyed an 80 minute couples massage which was great. The spa, while a little small is very well appointed, with a warming pool, a nice waiting area with fireplace and nice amenities. A little later, nod-nod, wink-wink, my wife and I dined in Marinus, the fine dining restaurant. We enjoyed the tasting menu paired with wine. It was amazing. I would place it just a hair below the French Laundry, where we dined last week. However, the price was a third of the French Laundry.

During our stay, we ate lunch and breakfast at the casual restaurant-Wickets and both were great. We worked out in the fitness center both mornings and it was adequate for us but small. If crowded, we never would have been able to get on the equipment. The pool area is nice and they also have Bocce and croquet.

This was ana amzing property and we will stay again.

Room Tip: Choose room six!!
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  • Stayed April 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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Ringwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This property is a hidden gem. A very small, 57 rooms, hotel that is quiet and relaxing. A short ride to Pebble Beach or downtown Carmel. Rooms were beautiful and nicely decorated. The staff was friendly and at your disposal for anything you would need. We had dinner and it was very good and different. Not your normal menu but a variety of different dishes you would not normally see. Not a place for kids which makes it extra nice if you are there to rest and enjoy peace and quiet.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Woodside, California
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17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Do ask to stay upstairs, and in the back. The condo-style rooms are fairly close together.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

From the moment we arrived, we felt at home at Bernadus Lodge. We had two lovely rooms (26 and 28) located above the swimming pool. The gardens are beautiful, all the staff deserve a big thank you for their proffesionalism and friendlyness. Only downside: While there is a steam room and sauna in both the male and female locker rooms, opening hoursbofnthose facilities are coupled to the Spa opening hours. In our case, this was at 5:30pm at the first evening amd 6:30pm the second. I love to excercise or work out in the evening, followed by a steam and/or sauna before dinner. This was not an option in either case. Maybe the locker room hours could be de-coupled from the Spa opening hours?

Both restaurants are very good and the service is phantastic.

So I'll be back when travelling to California next time.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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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:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Spa 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):
Majestic, pastoral and artistic, there's no place like Carmel Valley. And there's no better way to tap into the small-town charms than at Bernardus Lodge & Spa-an indulgent 28-acre escape. Tucked away among rolling vineyards and gardens, Bernardus invites you to savor the intimacy of a boutique resort with an epicurean spirit and a soothing soul. Retreat to the warmth of an old friend's rustic-chic ranch estate, where high-touch service welcomes you home. Here's your chance to unplug, unwind and savor time well spent, whether it's pursuing a new interest or perfecting the art of basking in the warm Carmel Valley sun. Stroll our organic chef's garden and watch a true garden-to-table experience. Grab a gourmet basket and find a picnic-perfect spot with your partner. Share a glass of Pinot. Dabble in Carmel Valley's endless pursuits, all curated by our local staff for the ultimate insider's experience. Then sink into the cozy furnishings of a redesigned guestroom open to the outdoors. Relax, reflect, rejuvenate and breathe deep. Bernardus captures the magic of Carmel-and the memories that matter most. ... more   less 
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