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“Better Than Home” 5 of 5 stars
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210 E. Matilija St., Ojai, CA 93023 (Formerly The Moon's Nest Inn)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 9 Ojai B&B and Inns
CA
1 review
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“Better Than Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2009

We recently had our wedding at the Lavender Inn. We were so well taken care of and were so warmly attended to that I can't imagine having my wedding anywhere else. We will go back and back any chance we get! They went out of their way to make our stay and our guests feel special that it totally made our experience one in a lifetime....Thank you!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ca.
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2009

The staff goes above and beyond.Loved staying there

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2009

A grouchy manager who would not accommodate a request for clean towels until she was asked twice, was our greeting. The same manager scowled at us over breakfast, which was a casserole of mysterious egg-like mush, so we did not dare complain. The room was so ordinary, it was hard to believe this was the same place described on their web site with such glowing praise. Buyer beware here.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, CA
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11 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2009

My friend and I just stayed here on a rainy weekend in October. We were in the Craftsman Room and enjoyed it completely. As people have said before, the location is fantastic, the home is charming and the hosts were friendly, available, and answered all of our questions from where to eat to how to boot up the complimentary Apple laptop for guests. We thought the wine/cheese, complemented by olive tapenade one day and olives/marinated tomatoes the next was delightful. Hot tea is available all day and we took advantage of that every night after coming back to the inn after dinner. Our breakfast buffet was an egg fritatta along with fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit and usually something like banana bread. It was nice to eat outside on their garden patio. I wouldn't hesitate to visit if you want to stay in B&B with some original charm.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ventura, ca
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2009

My mother and I came back to the Lavender Inn. We simply LOVE staying here. When we walked into the welcome office, The Innkeeper gave us each a warm hug and said "welcome home". What more can I say? The wine and cheese and figs and baquette were a perfect end to a warm and friendly day. The Frittata served the next morning was absolutely divine. AND...I just read that the owner, Kathy Hartley, was just named "Philanthropist of the year". That does not surprise me. We met her at the Inn and she is as charming and down to earth as the environment she created. Next time you are anywhere near Ojai...go in and check out this amazing historical landmark...and remember...bring your mom. She deserves to be treated like a queen.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2009

I can't tell you how wonderful the Lavender Inn is. For starters, the Inn is absolutely picturesque with incredible attention to detail. The history of the building and the subsequent owners is a story in and of itself. The landscaping is gorgeous and you can easily spend your time listening to the water fountains or sipping coffee or wine and pondering why can't life be this good all the time. The food is great and the staff is more than skilled and competent. They're warm and very personable. They make it look so easy. Do I recommend the Lavender Inn? Yes and my wife and I can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, CA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2009

Overall, we recommend to anyone looking for a reasonably priced relaxing stay, especially if you want somewhere that accepts dogs.
Room was lovely, even if not perfect. Handle to closet door, lampshade, & dvd player were broken, but hopefully by now they are fixed.
Location was great. Across the street is a good health food store and nearby are many restaurants, wine tasting, and shopping, as well as hiking and other outdoor activities. They are steps away from lovely Sunday morning farmer’s market.
Food was good – nice breakfast and afternoon wine/cheese/appetizers.
We stayed 3 nights: 2 out of 3 staff people were wonderful, very kind to us and our dogs, offered great suggestions for activities. One employee was cranky & stingy with food service.
Great back yard where we were able to dine with our dogs.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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lavenderinn, Innkeeper at Lavender Inn, responded to this review, September 19, 2009
We are very dog friendly and enjoy that guests can bring 'family members' here.
Occasionally some things get damaged with use. We thank all guests that bring such things to our attention. The items listed on this review have since been fixed.
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Address: 210 E. Matilija St., Ojai, CA 93023 (Formerly The Moon's Nest Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ojai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blending comfort with elegance, the Lavender Inn is conveniently located across from shops, galleries, and restaurants. Originally built in 1874, this Bed & Breakfast offers a romantic getaway, garden wedding celebrations, intimate business workshops, family reunions, or a quiet retreat. The gardens are absolutely stunning with mature oaks, 7 fountains, a small pond, and colorful flowers. The interior is tastefully decorated with an array of art and antiques. Full, gourmet breakfast and wine and cheese are served daily on the veranda. Put on one of our lush robes and wander out the front steps for a facial or massage in our Lavender Inn Spa. Look for our cooking classes in our kitchen, Ojai Culinary School, with visiting chefs. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Lavender Hotel Ojai

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