My daughter and I met a few days ago at the Oaks for a short get-together and jump start on a fitness routine. This was part of the Oaks mother/daughter September days - they offer two more mother/daughter sessions in January and May each year. This was our first time at the Oaks but I gather that because of all the daughters there this week (there were lots that I saw, ranging in age from 18 to 50) the average age of the attendees is younger and the athletic challenge of the classes and hikes is higher than usual. So if you want vigorous activity, this would be a good week to attend even if you don't have either a mother or daughter to accompany you.
If you don't have a mother or daughter or friend to go with, don't be worried about going to the Oaks alone. The other clients there were very friendly and always welcomed others to join them at their meal table or socializing.
My daughter and I shared an Intermediate Double room in the main hotel. It is one of their less expensive rooms but was adequate for us. The hotel building is very old (I think built in 1918) but appears to have been renovated very recently. Everything in our room was quite new looking with the exception of the bathtub and the shower plumbing which did not work very well. While they were doing the renovation, they should also have renovated the showers. The windows were brand new and worked well. There was a modern air- conditioner in the room that worked very well. Unfortunately, there were no screens on the balcony doors and my daughter got a couple of mosquito bites outdoors, so we kept the doors shut at night and used the air-conditioner all night. We also fronted the main street so if we had left the balcony doors open street noise might have been a problem. But with the A/C turned on, the quiet steady A/C noise masked any other sounds that might have otherwise been audible. Aside from the elderly bathtub & shower plumbing, my only complaint is that the mattress was too soft and felt elderly. As a result, I did not sleep as well as I otherwise might have.
Though the website says that Intermediate Double rooms have a desk, ours did not. But at no time did we ever have the desire or necessity to sit at a desk so it was not an issue for us. If you need to do some work and want to work in your room, be sure to ask about that in advance. I saw some people working in the informal dining room. Free wifi worked well in our room as well as in the public rooms.
The fitness room was somewhat dated. The floor felt flimsy and was carpeted. At home in Pasadena, I belong to a very modern gym so I am using that for comparison. I have never before seen a carpeted floor in gym. For their next renovation, I would hope that the Oaks would install a new wooden floor in the Coral Spa room which would make it look and feel much better to me and make it more suitable for a gym.
Finally, as I left and was paying my bill, I noticed that the supposedly 40% discount for the daughter's rate, was only 25% on my bill. I immediately pointed this mistake out to the clerk and it was promptly changed to my satisfaction. I do not believe that this was intentional, but clearly the billing needs to have some attention paid to it. Be careful to check your bill for mistakes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the all inclusive program of: Up to 16 exercise classes and fitness activities per day; Our 1,000 calorie-a-day spa cuisine food plan; Massage, facial, watsu, wellness services and more. Interesting evening programs. A visit to The Oaks is more than a spa vacation - it's a life affirming experience. The Oaks is mostly women who get a chance to leave the designer sweats at home; this is a place where you can let your hair down and take in all the positive, nurturing elements of a healthy lifestyle...from nutrition, to exercise, to attitude. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Oaks At Ojai Hotel Ojai
- The Oaks Ojai
- The Oaks Hotel Ojai