My wife and I were in town for the wonderful Ojai music festival recently and we needed somewhere to stay - we were lucky to find the Ojai Rancho Inn at a very reasonable rate at this busy time, and it's a really good place to stay. It's at the west end of town, just opposite Suzanne's Cuisine, which was a big bonus for us, and within an easy stroll of Libbey Park and the shopping area of Ojai. Most of the rooms are cabin/motel style but we booked the Chief's Peak Lodge Room which is right by the pool; it's the only room that borders the pool so it's quiet, and separate from all the other rooms (there's a "front door" off the parking lot and a "rear door" for easy access to the pool).
The room was spacious and clean with large picture windows overlooking the pool (you can pull curtains across for privacy) and a small bathroom to one side. There's a rather old fashioned air conditioning unit in the room, which was very welcome as the sun warms up this room very quickly; it's another "log cabin" style room with a high ceiling but it gets warm in the Ojai sun! Don't make the same mistake my wife did and switch on the heater by mistake :) - the heater is at the opposite side of the room from the air con unit!
The service at the Ojai Rancho Inn is terrific - it's run by a husband and wife team, and they are very welcoming and happy to direct you to various places around town. You can take a free "palo santo" wood stick from the reception desk to light and perfume your room, which is a nice touch - I've never seen these before but I am now a confirmed fan and have bought more on my return to the UK!
So, basic but clean accommodation with excellent service in a great location in what can be an expensive city to stay in. We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The charming Ojai Rancho Inn-a Shelter Social Club property continues to reflect Ojai's relaxed and friendly personality. We offer service and amenities that ensure every visit is memorable. Our beautiful property, which is located within steps of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, boasts a tranquil garden that adjoins Ojai Rancho Inn to the popular Ojai Valley Trail. With our convenient location, free bikes, swimming pool, spacious grounds, and friendly staff we hope you will enjoy your stay! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ojai Rancho Hotel Ojai
- Rose Garden Inn Ojai