My friends and I (2 families with 2 infants) spent part of a weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. We were checking out the Inn for a future group event. We had a really pleasant stay and will definitely consider returning. I found this resort to be quite similar in layout and style to the La Quinta Resort (near palm springs) and I was finding myself often comparing the two.
Check In: We pulled up to the valet and checked in. Check-in took less than 5 mins. We had called ahead to request adjoining rooms and all was arranged without a hitch. We were told that the rooms (Los Padres section) were quite a ways and we could either valet the cars near the lobby or parked closer to the rooms. We found out that either way, our car would be a distant from our rooms. This is one of my biggest complaints. There are 2 main parking lots in the whole resort and you could either take a nice stroll to your room (difficult with luggage because there is not loading area) or ask the bellman to bring the golf cart to your car. It wasn't a big deal, but a hassle none the less.
Rooms: We loved the rooms. They were a good size (king room had a couch) and had plenty of space. We loved the fact that they had adjoining rooms, separated by an entry way that lead to the outside. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom spacious. We had also requested cribs for our babies. To our surprise, we found beautiful wooden (sturdy) cribs complete with bedding for our babies. I have never seen such nice cribs at a resort (not even the Ritz). Plus they included baby produces like: Johnson&Johnson lotions, shampoo, soap, and Desitin for us (perfect because we forgot to bring those items). Also, the rooms were very quiet. Actually the whole resort was very quiet/peaceful.
Amenities: I couldn't get the wi-fi ($10) to work in our room. We asked for a fridge ($15/night) and that was brought right away. Nice bath products in the bathroom.
Spa/Pool: The women enjoyed the spa treatment. My wife still ranks the Montage (in OC) as #1 for service and facility. She thought the service was nice (not spectacular) but the facility was a tad old and small. There are 4-5 pools spread throughout the resort, with only one being kid friendly. Once again, the main pool was a pretty decent hike from our room and would probably require a golf cart ride. Unfortunately the weather was on the cool side and we did not get to use the facilities.
Restaurant: We had dinner at the Marivella. Cocktails were great (expect resort prices ie. $15 for martini) and they had a nice selection of wine. Dinner was Avg-good (depending on who you asked). I thought that the appetizer was on the small side but enjoyed my rib-eye. One hiccup occurred when the waiter knocked over a glass of beer all over our friend. He was apologetic but never informed the manager (would seem to be automatic at a 5 star resort). Her dress and bagged were soaked and we only got another glass of beer as compensation. I had to bring it up to the manager who was apologetic, but that was it. We stopped by Jimmy's (Pub) briefly and they seemed to have a great menu selection. We attended the Mother's Brunch which was fabulous but was the most expensive brunch buffet that I have ever had ($75). Apparently they only offer that type of brunch buffet 4 times a year.
Golf: Great/casual driving range and practice facilities. The coarse was in great condition (great greens) and was empty. Maybe because we teed off at 7:10am. However, for being a 5 diamond resort, I thought they were lacking some things. There was no GPS on the cart. There were no coolers attached to the carts. At other resorts, they offer bottled water, I saw none offered. They did offer red apples at the first hole. However, when we returned, we saw a coffee and juice station at the Pro Shop. I may be just picky, but for $180 a round, you should be able to expect some perks.
Service: Between my friends and I, there was a disagreement regarding the service. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars and where he gave it 3 out of 5. He stated that he expected more out of a "5 Diamond" resort (workers could have been more attentive). I thought everyone was friendly and more than helpful. But our waiters did appear slow to clear out buffet plates and refill out drinks (could be expected when you shell out $75 per person).
All in all, we had a great time. The resort is geared towards family and they were more than accommodating. This resort is not for the budget-minded family. I would definitely give it a 4.5 diamond rating
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For over 80 years, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has been considered one of the best secrets among travelers. Escape to this historic resort of casual elegance featuring luxury accommodations, Spa Ojai, and a championship golf course. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has 308 deluxe guest rooms, including suites, many with fireplaces and private balconies or patios overlooking the golf course and nearby mountains. Our Spa Penthouse, Hacienda Penthouse and 75 other suites offer you the ultimate in luxury accommodations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ojai Valley Hotel Ojai
- Ojai Valley Spa
- Spa Ojai
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