Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Hotel

, Ojai, United States
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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Hotel

4 star
905 Country Club Road - Ojai - California - 93023 - United States Hotel Website | | 805-646-5511
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from roundtheworld7
February 2005. The grounds were stunning. The staff friendly. The room was disappointing at a rate of $450. No shower cap, no slippers and the bathtub was very small. So be prepared. The upside, included in the room rate was gratis entry to the spa and to any of the offered classes. ie. yoga, pilates. I highly recommend the candlelight stretch. The buffet breakfast was delicious (not included.) The spa services (zen shiatsu massage) and mud bath phenomenal. The spa staff also very welcoming and friendly. Beautiful place, but overpriced.

Great property- some service flaws

from Anrmd
Spent a weekend here in early February to celebrate a milestone birthday for my wife. Liked the appearance of the property and the surrounding countryside has a classic California feel to it. Our room (a suite in the Herb Garden area) was large and very nice. Likely it had been recently renovated, had a fireplace, large sitting area, flatscreen TV, and other very nice amenities. View was mixed between the nice herb garden and an unused service parking lot area (not so nice to look at).

Hotel grounds were well maintained. Very nice pool area. My wife really liked the spa. We also had a wonderful dinner (not cheap) at the Mara Villa Restaurant. Also, if you want to venture out from the hotel we liked the Ranch House Restaurant that was recommended by the concierge. Nice garden setting, fresh baked breads, amazing wine list, etc.

Service flaws relate to the front desk dropping the ball twice in getting a bottle of champagne delivered (suprise ruined when I had to call them and ask for a third time). Also I had a negative experience with one of the golf starters (left sitting in my cart without input well after my tee time). Yes, these are minor issues in the grand scope of world events but we paid luxury resort prices and felt that these were small things that should have been handled more professionally.

I would defintely stay at the hotel again so even the service flaws didn't ruin an otherwise very pleasant stay.

Ojai...oh so relaxing!

from Dtravelgal
My husband surprised me with a wonderful trip to this fabulous resort a few months ago. The second you pull up to the resort a handful of men dressed in white come and greet you and grab all your bags. After a smooth check in you are swepted away in a golf cart to your room. My husband booked us a fabulous suite with a cozy living room with fireplace, nice patio overlooking the gold course, mini kitchenette, huge deep spa tub with a double vanity and a king size bed to die for! The spa was a real treat we enjoyed a couples massage in a beautiful room with a fireplace. The gym is nice but a bit small. They also have a really nice spinning class Saturday morning! A MUST DO if you like Thai food is a restaurant that is about 15 minutes away called Sri Thai...it's absolutely the best Thai food on earth! The room service by far is the best....GUYS...if you are taking someone special order room service for dinner....they set up a candlelight dinner with a table and a white tablecloth and it was soooo romantic! OH!!! you have to order the Cappuccino Pie for dessert....it was sooo damm good we ordered two!! Overall, my experience at Ojai was beyond all my expectations...I will definitely be returning soon!

Did the rest of you fusspots stay somewhere else?

from trishsen
My boyfriend and I booked the basic bed and breakfast package for $342, and upon arriving, we were allowed to upgrade to a shangri-la fireplace room with a view (normally $600/night) for only $50 extra, and our breakfast was still included.

The designer of the renovation has really thought of every single detail. All of the furnishings and amenities are of the utmost quality. The four-poster carved wooden bed was very romantic, as was the easy to operate gas fireplace. There was a sectional sofa and an lcd tv, desk area with well-stocked minibar, and a sitting area out on the balcony too. The bathroom was beautiful, with a separate glass shower stall and huge soaking tub.

The nicest feature was that all the lights in the rooms are on dimmers, even those in the bathroom, allowing you to achieve a candlelight like ambience.

The food for dinner was only good, not really great, but we only tried room service, not Maravilla. Breakfast was very good. According to locals, the food is better at the restaurants in town.

The service was impeccable, from reception to the bellmen and the golf attendants, everyone was extremely friendly and accommodating. When my boyfriend forgot his score card on his golf cart, they went out of their way and found it for him even though his name hadn't been written on it.

When a serviceman came to install a new movie-on-demand device in the room, I allowed him to do so, and the manager sent up a hand written card and complimentary fruit plate apologizing for the inconvenience, which i thought was a very nice touch.

I am surprised that previous people writing reviews were able to find fault with this resort, I have stayed at very nice hotels and resorts around the world, and this one certainly matched up.

Loved It!!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa to "get away" from home renovations. I was thoroughly impressed by the service and surroundings. I'd read some of the reviews and was a bit apprehensive to book my reservations, but realized when I'd arrived to the hotel that those other reviewers were completely wrong, they must be absolute snobs! I was greated by a warm and welcoming staff and even offered a chilled lavendar towel..WOW!!! I got to my wonderfully decorated room and then immediately headed for the spa, I must have snoozed for at least 4 hours before realizing it was time to get dressed and eat at the Oak Grill. My server was excellent and I loved sitting on the terrace underneat the stars. I can't tell you enough how wonderful I felt, it was beautiful, even the music in the background made it feel like a dream. It was so relaxing that I felt as though it was all a dream. I hated to leave and will be coming back very soon. If you haven't gone, you need to go and relax! I feel like a new woman!.

Escape from Reality

from Elaine525
Spent three nights here with family members to celebrate my father's 80 birthday. The grounds, rooms, spa, food and service were outstanding. Yes it is a little pricy but you get what you pay for. The rooms were decorated so tastefully and were a pleasure to return to after a day at the spa or on the golf course. Really the most beautifully decorated room I have seen recently. Be sure to have dinner at Suzanne's in town. Excellent.

Peachtree City, GA

Not a 4 star resort

from masymas
I want to start with something positive and that is that the service, food and spa treatments are very good. And the golf course looked lovely although we didn't get a chance to play.
That being said, the accomodations in our opinion are not 4 star quality. They are building new rooms which hopefully will be a big improvement over the face-lifted 70's to 80's style buildings they have now. It's just that there are so many 2 star quality buildings on this huge property that I don't know if they can ever overcome that legacy without tearing all of the old ones down. And, new carpet and furnishings don't transcend poor design.
It's not worth $550 per night unless you are really only there for the golf, spa or family programs.

s pricier than ever!

from meowlover
My husband and I visited the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in July; we stayed for three nights in the new building next to the spa. We had a very large room with fireplace and view of the golf course. It was $600/night. No - that price was not worth it - the room is BEAUTIFUL but the patio opened out onto the greens of the course and by noon the first day I had been almost hit in the head three times by gold balls coming onto our patio. Then the golfers would hunt around the are and patio to find their ball and ask me where it was, etc. NO PRIVACY at all on those patios! And annoying!

The resort has been renovated since we last visited. and the prices of the rooms have incresased dramatically. They are about $100 - $200 too high for what you get. I have stayed at Bacara Resort in SB and now Bacara is cheaper than Ojai! And Bacara is expensive!

The patio dining experience at Ojai is nice but the service is simple and slow. The prices were OK. The food was good.

The spa is wonderful. No complaints. The walk into town is always fun, and they have free - but very junky bikes - they let you take out for a ride. You should bring your own bike if you like to ride - otherwise these bikes only make it into town and back - don't take them further as they are about 100 years old.

The room we used to stay in - The Shangrila - with the best views on the property - increased from $335 to $475 and really the room is not any better. You are paying for the overall new design of the property. Also, the pool has been updated, but it still is just a hole in the concrete area with some tables and cheap cabanas around it. Go if you like the area - but beware of the prices of the rooms and what you get for them.

Wonderful weekend!

from A TripAdvisor Member
After reading some of the reviews on this website, I was very concerned about what this hotel and spa would really be like... and it turned out to be great!! We had a beautiful suite in a new building overlooking one of holes of the golf course (Los Padres). Everyone we encountered that worked there bent over backwards to make sure we got everything we needed. The food was great - room service, Oak Grill, and Maravilla. The spa was also a wonderful experience as well as the golf. Overall, I thought Ojai Valley Inn and Spa was worth the money because of the great service, beautiful rooms/landscaping, and tasty food/wine.

Outrageous prices and Terrible service and food!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our 6th trip to Ojai Valley Inn over the last 10 years. Since remodeling they have raised their prices to $475 for a basic room with a view. The rooms, linens and surrounding views are beautiful. However the service has continually deteriorated. Absolutely horrible service, no one seems to be in charge. We ate at Marvavilla and the Oak Restaurant, both had poor service and food. We ordered lunch by the pool on the first day and waited over an hour for lunch and never rec'd it. We drove in to town for lunch.
That evening we ate at the Oak Terrace and ordered drinks but rec'd the appetizers and dinner first. It took 30 minutes to recieve the check causing us to miss the fireworks. The staff is young and untrained. They appear to be more intersted in their personal gossip with each other than attentive to their guests.
It saddens me to see such a beautiful place ruined by such gross mis-management. It's sad to say we will not be returning.
G.H. Agoura Hills

Top Local Tips for Ojai

Bike Beautiful Ojai. The hotel lets you rent bicycles for free, so take a beach cruiser and bike the trails of Ojai. Its a lovely community.

Be sure and enjoy ALL the free amenities at the SPA Once you reserve your spa treatment - you might as well enjoy ALL the beautiful FREE (or cheap) amenities that come with your spa entrance. For example, if you are staying at the Inn (as opposed to just going for the day) the spa is yours to use with no additional fee (on the day you have your treatment). Otherwise you pay a $20 fee to use the facilities. So my tip is to book your treatments on 2 seperate days (as opposed to doing 2 in one day, again - if you are staying there)... that way you get to use the spa facilities both days with no additional fee. And what does this include? Well - they offer fitness and "mind/body" classes all day long (for free!) like a walk at 8am (very nice, beautiful path through gorgeous grounds and into town), yoga, pilates, water aerobics, etc. So take one or two classes - they are fun and interesting! The "water areas" of the spa include inside and outside hot spas, steam rooms, saunas and showers. Free apples and cucumber water, teas too. Enjoy!!

Biking to town The hotel offers free bikes. Check them out early in the day and bike into town. There are amazing paths and it is close to the hotel. Let's you enjoy the local landscape.


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  • Address: 905 Country Club Road - Ojai - California - 93023 - United States
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