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“Recently renovated resort---money well spent!” 5 of 5 stars
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Rancho Bernardo Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA 92128   |  
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Ranked #46 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Recently renovated resort---money well spent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2008

I stayed at Rancho Bernardo two years ago and found the resort average at best. I came back in May 2008 and it has significantly changed---for the better! The rooms and spa have been updated (flat screen TV, new furnishings, first class spa and private adult salt water pool). Also, during this trip I managed to walk around the grounds and appreciated the natural and relaxing feel of the resort. If you stay during a weekend, make sure and have their Sunday brunch. It's top notch and the service is great. It's now a legitmate 4 to 4 and 1/2 star resort.

  • Liked — Spa, expansive grounds, updated rooms
  • Disliked — Breakfast room service was backed up
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2008

I stayed at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in CA. It was a nice hotel. The room was very spacious and somewhat clean. The bathroom needs some work though. I have some problem sleeping at night because I can hear people closing their door or my top floor neighbor was walking very hard. We stayed at the garden building next to the access road on Bernardo Oak, it was pretty noisy in the morning. The landscaping is outstanding. Everything is very peaceful and calming. A little too pricy, they charged me $10 per day to park my rental car! And I have to pay $10 to use the pool at the spa area, this is rediculous. The pool on their main web page is NOT open for everyone. You can only use it for free if you pay for a spa!! Too much hidden fees!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2008

We just got back from a wonderful stay at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The grounds are immaculate and peaceful. The sweet smell of honeysuckle greeted us everytime we opened our front door. The staff works hard to insure that every guest is happy with their stay - excellent customer service. We really liked the fact that this resort is in the the center of a residential neighborhood; we believe this is what makes the resort so peaceful - no hustle and bustle. We went to the Wild Animal Park and San Diego Zoo during our stay. The Wild Animal Park is only 15 minutes away, and the SD Zoo is about 30 minutes away. I would highly recommend this resort if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the sound of silence; there is no night life at this resort - strictly relaxtion, spa and golfing.

  • Liked — The beautiful, well manicured grounds
  • Disliked — The resort fee
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2008

We just spent eight days at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The room was spacious and quiet. I'm very sensitive to outside noise and this room was solid with a private patio. We were traveling with our three year old son so we needed a room that opened onto grass or someplace where he could run around. Our room was a perfect setting for that.
We ate a lot of dinners and breakfasts in the room. The food was very good and room service was attentive and consistently excellent. The concierge was great and the front desk staff was very friendly.
Just one negative comment, we were surprised to find that the Inn is right in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. From the photos we had the impression that there was more open land around.

  • Liked — Excellent service, pleasant room
  • Disliked — Changing the sheets every night is a complete waste.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2008

I stayed here during a conference for two nights in January. This is a lovely resort, with a series of low-rise buildings spread over a hillside. It was pouring rain for most of the time that we were there, but even in the rain, it was a pleasant place to stay - attractively decorated, good food, nice landscaping and lovely pools.

The one caveat is that this place seems to have no elevators - so anyone who doesn't want to walk a fair amount should think twice.

  • Liked — Comfortable, relaxing, gracious
  • Disliked — It was pouring rain - but they couldn't help that.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2008

We had a great stay here. Service could not have been better. You just drive up to the door, leaving the motor running on your car and a bellhop parks it for you instantly. Two more bellhops open both doors of the hotel. Smashing. When you want your car back, a bellhop instantly runs to get it. What more can you ask for? Breakfast is wonderful. We didn't try lunch or dinner. Yes, the bathrooms are showing their age, but they are very well maintained. Bedrooms are refurbished and beds and linens are excellent. Sound proofing is excellent.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast package booked directly with the hotel, and it actually cost less than the local motels. At that price it is a no brainer.

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — No problems
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2008

The Rancho Bernardo Inn is one of those resorts at which you need to stay for several days to unwind and enjoy the amenities. Unfortunately I was there for only one night, and that on business. From my brief stay, though, I saw that it is a warm, inviting resort consisting of a cluster of smallish buildings connected by winding garden paths. There are numerous small fountains and tranquil gardens scattered throughout. The lobby is an upscale rustic Southwestern decor, with an open fireplace. Very inviting and comfortable. The property is reached by driving to the far end of a residential area, meaning that there is no street traffic or noise. The rooms are extremely comfortable and are well equipped for business travelers. The inn automatically charges an all inclusive fee, so you don't have to pay extra for wireless internet access in the room or throughout the property. The hotel's business center was not all that well equipped, but the Rancho Bernardo town center (with a Kinkos) is nearby. It was a great location for our small business meeting, and I can see where a few days here could be very relaxing.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Rancho Bernardo Inn

Address: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA 92128
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#12 Family Hotel in San Diego
#15 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#24 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#31 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rancho Bernardo Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 288
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in San Diego, Rancho Bernardo Inn offers business and leisure guests an experience that is both peaceful and rejuvenating. A member of the distinguished Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Rancho Bernardo Inn is a destination resort known for its exquisite golf, spa facilities, and exceptional cuisine. A true destination for the entire family, the 265-acre property features 288 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, three swimming pools, an award-winning full-service spa and fitness center, multiple dining outlets, room service or in-room dining, and extensive meeting and event facilities. ... more   less 
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