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“Wonderful place to relax” 5 of 5 stars
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Ojai Retreat
2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   160 Besant Rd., Ojai, CA 93023   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Ojai B&B and Inns
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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“Wonderful place to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I spend two nights midweek in the Balcony Room and could not have asked for a more perfect experience. The Retreat is calm, beautiful, clean and well-maintained. The quail and the hawks who came to visit were a plus! I went to regroup after a truly hectic horrible 6 months of work stress and the Retreat hit all the right notes. I am already planning next year's get away.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My 23 year old daughter and I stayed at Ojai Retreat early November and found it to be just what we expected and hoped for. It was clean, quiet and well managed. The breakfast was wholesome and delicious. We were charmed by the quail, rabbits and the lone coyote we encountered on the grounds. All of the recommendations for activities and sites given by the retreat turned out well. If you want privacy and quiet near the fabulous town of Ojai this is the place.

Room Tip: The Oak Room and Garden rooms were good and each had a private patio
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Foothill Ranch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Our family stayed at The Ojai Retreat for two nights while our daughter was attending a local horse show. We would definately stay again . . . the staff was wonderful and extremely accomodating, actually went out of their way to ensure that we had a great experience. The room (Sky Suite) was comfortable and offered a great set up for three persons. Breakfast buffet was delicious and definately more than enough food and selection offered. There was a retreat going on while we were there and it was fun to "eavesdrop" on the program. If we ever have the chance or need to be in Ojai, we will definately stay there again. Thanks to everyone at The Ojai Retreat for such a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I stayed at the Ojai Retreat Center in late September as part of the CIYO women's retreat program.
The rooms are spacious and well cared for, and most of them have kitchenette facilities. The staff is genuinely welcoming and quietly considerate of the needs of guests.The grounds are cared for with real heart by the wonderful gardener. The location is basically ideal for a relaxed and quiet time, yet the restaurants and shops of downtown Ojai and Meiners Oaks are only minutes away. This is the place to stay in Ojai if you want a welcoming 'room with a view'.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

For about 5 years now this has been the place that I go to when I need to decompress and just zen out. Close to but off the main drag of Ojai, it is a sweet little gem surrounded by the beautiful sweep of the Ojai mountains. When ever I step out of my car and onto the grounds I can seriously feel myself breathing deeper.

You can truly feel how much thought and care general manager Ulrich Brugger has put into every detail of the retreat. The grounds are lush and well kept without feeling overdone or superficial, with plenty of pathways for walking as well as places to sit and read or reflect. I've stayed in a number of the rooms, each one well appointed with it's own individual charm and features. One of my favourite things to do during my stay is to schedule an in room massage from one of the talented masseuses recommended by the staff. Speaking of which, Ulrich, Claire, and the rest of the staff are warm and welcoming and truly make you fell like you’re at home away from home.

The Ojai Retreat is truly a special place. If you’re seeking a quiet, peaceful, serene little oasis where you can refresh and renew, this is it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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QuickSilver12, Owner at Ojai Retreat, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Dear Nadia: We are here with big smiles as we read your wonderful review. Thank you for loving Ojai Retreat and for sharing your experience of the time that you spent with us. Needless to say, we look forward to your return! Thank you again for your kindness.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The staff is very friendly, so you feel immediately at home. the living room for all guests is ideal to relax, read a book in front of the fireplace or enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. And the breakfast is simply delicious.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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QuickSilver12, Owner at Ojai Retreat, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Wow! You said a lot in a few words. Thank you greatly for taking the time to write a review of Ojai Retreat. "Beautiful" "Relaxing" and "Feeling at Home" ... you captured what we hope to communicate to each guest. Thank you again!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

If you want a peaceful and serene getaway, head to Ojai Retreat. I stayed at the Ojai Suite with an amazing view of the oak groves and hills that light up at sunset. Ojai retreat's general manager Ulrich Brugger gives that Swiss touch of attention to fine detail which makes every aspect of the stay a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Ojai_Valley_Retreat, Owner at Ojai Retreat, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Dear World Traveler: Thank you so very much for being our guest and for your beautiful review. You certainly made our day here at Ojai Retreat!
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Address: 160 Besant Rd., Ojai, CA 93023
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Location: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ojai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ojai Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ojai Retreat is a 5-acre haven of beauty with exquisite views, lush gardens and tranquility. There are 12 completely renovated bedrooms most with private garden or patio, all with views. A delicious European-style breakfast is included. There is a spacious living/meeting room and Quiet room with small library. Free wireless internet in all rooms and throughout the property. TV-and telephone-free rooms to preserve tranquility. Yoga classes and massages are available. ... more   less 
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