Rancho Bernardo Inn Review

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435 Family Reviews
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego CA 92128
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Editor’s Review of Rancho Bernardo Inn

Rancho Bernardo Inn is easily San Diego's -- and maybe even Southern California's -- most inviting resort for families. We loved it so much, in fact, that upon departure, we discussed a return trip to the resort -- a rarity for us, as we usually set out to stay at new hotels each time we travel.

San Diego offers a plethora of must-visit attractions, including SeaWorld San Diego, Balboa Park, PETCO Park and the San Diego Zoo, along with a plethora of family-friendly hotels that allow quick and easy access to all the fun. If you want a truly fine experience in "America's Fine City," however, and you're willing to be a 30 minute drive from most of the action, treat your family to a stay at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Heck, even if you spend
... more two nights at the hotel (one isn't enough -- trust us), your group will be overjoyed with the decision.

Set atop a hill -- only reached after you drive through a quiet, residential neighborhood -- and nestled amongst perfectly manicured gardens and winding walkways (charmingly complimented by strings of white lights at night), the hotel's exterior closely resembles a series of luxurious villas in the Spanish countryside. Even the inside of the hotel delivers a European vibe -- many rooms and suites feature over-sized balconies that look out onto pristine putting greens and fountains.

With such a picturesque setting, however, it might seem difficult to envision children running around the resort, but here's where things get really good: Rancho Bernardo Inn offers a Kids Rule - Parents Drool program in the summer, which includes scavenger hunts, mini-golf, access to the kid's club (housed in its own colorful building), and poolside movies and popcorn by a designated family swimming pool (the resort features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, too). The hotel also offers kid-friendly fare (which is FREE with the Kids Rule program) at Veranda, an onsite restaurant that doubles as a romantic evening retreat for mom and dad. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Plethora of children's activities
  • Spacious suites with balconies
  • Picturesque location above San Diego
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  • Museum/Cultural
Family Amenities
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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Rancho Bernardo Inn offers a plentiful array of accommodations, which include rooms and suites. Each unit is simply, yet elegantly decorated, with shades of beige, tan and brown, accented by gold palettes.

Rooms are perfect for families, with two queen beds (as well as single king beds) and spacious balconies that overlook the surrounding valley, golf course or gardens -- you really can't go wrong with any of the variations and views. Plus, they offer larger-than-average bathrooms with separate showers and deep-soaking bathtubs, along with bath amenities by Aveda. The rooms have flat-screen TV's, though they don't have cable (pay-per-view movies and sporting events are available)... but who needs TV when you're at a beautiful resort like this one? Rooms also have work desks and Keurig machines.

Obviously, suites offer more space, but they also feature fireplaces, private balconies and dining areas (in most). They come in four variations: Palacio, Castillo, Presidio and Valencia. The smallest (and most standard) is the Valencia Suite, which includes a separate bedroom with a king bed, and a sleeper sofa in the living area. The Presidio Suite offers the same bed setup, but with two full bathrooms, a large dining table and more luxurious décor, such as hardwood floors and wood beam ceilings, as well as a golf course view. The Palacio and Castillo Suites are best for big groups, as they offer a master bedroom with a king bed and two bedrooms with two queen beds, totaling six beds and enough sleeping room for 10. These units have two and a half baths, and overlook the giant swimming pool.

If you choose to stay in one of the villas, you'll enjoy access to hot tubs, which are perfectly secluded.


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