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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
5.0 of 5 Spa   |   905 Country Club Rd, Ojai, CA 93023   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Ojai
Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Could Not Be Better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We enjoyed a delightful family weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Our stay started with a helpful and friendly front desk and valet service. The room was clean and decoratively furnished. The large balcony, with table, chairs, umbrella, and long couch was especially relaxing. The balcony provided a panoramic view over the herb garden and driving range, as well as the architecturally beautiful buildings.

The grounds are inviting and beautiful. There is no need to leave the property! We spent time at the family pool, as well as the adults-only Herb Garden pool. Both are well maintained, well staffed, and comfortable. There are a number of family-friendly activities offered at the Inn. You can refer to the daily schedule delivered to your room, or inquire with the staff.

Really, only good to say about our experience. I highly recommend it.

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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

This place is beautiful. My husband played golf and said the course was beautiful and challenging. I had a spa day and it was wonderful. I'm usually not easy to pleased in a spa but every service I experience was perfect. I did find the food a bit over priced and I can't tell you that it was great but it was good enough. If you want a place to chill and get away this is definitely it. Will be back. Hopefully soon. Loved the place.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Glendale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I'll start by saying that the resort was absolutely beautiful. The room was one of the nicest rooms I've stayed in; one of the top 3 for sure. I travel a whole lot! The front desk was great and the bell desk / valet guys were great. I also want to call out Bree (front desk), Cynthia (housekeeping), KC (Food and Bev.), and KC's boss (forgot her name; sorry!) who seemed to practically live there as they worked so much. They were all very nice and really understood customer service.

The bad ranged from bad to so-so. The so-so was that there were ants in our bathroom, the crib we ordered was too deep, and the shower had a slow drain. Truth be told we didn't complain about the ants and the drain so I really can't insist that they didn't take care of it. Although I do feel that it should have been looked after before we got there. The crib was so deep that I can barely pick up my daughter. My wife couldn't at all safely. The staff was able to fix the issue for us by getting us a different crib that was not as deep.

The bad was with a few items.

We had issues with the pillows. We had requested foam type pillows but seemed to get the fluffy type cotton filled pillows. We had difficulty distinguishing those from feather pillows and both were very uncomfortable. After asking for the firmer type twice, we just assumed they didn't have them as a choice.

The in room coffee station was never cleaned (cups) and refilled without calling about it. The worst was the resort dining. We dinned at Maravilla, Oak Grill, and Café Verde. All three were extremely overpriced. Maravilla and Oak Grill service were all very slow and food was just average.

Maravilla Thanksgiving dinner was completely insulting. Since food took so long our waitress apologized for the wait as "there was a large table being served." The meal was a very small portion (child size) for $65pp. In fact, my son had what was supposedly a smaller version of the same dinner; it was exactly the same size as mine except for one extra small slice of turkey. His dinner was $20. KC did come by and gave us my son's meal and our breakfast for free the next day.

Oak Grill food was average and our waiters seemed inexperienced. Dinner the first night was just ok. The waiter helpers were outstanding on Wednesday (Oak Grill) and Thursday (Maravilla) nights. We actually had the same girl on both nights. However, there was one additional helper on Wednesday night. We had breakfast there 3 times. The first day we had breakfast it was funny in a way. I selected the breakfast and my wife ordered from the menu. The 2 tables sitting next to us order from the menu like my wife. They were all staring at me as I ate from the buffet. The other 2 tables waited at least 20 minutes before an order was taken. On the last day the hostess (older lady) seemed pretty stressed out and was very short with us. I didn't even see the waitress on the last day we had breakfast until we were leaving. The omelet bar was interesting. I requested a Denver Omelet at which the "cook" asked that I just put all my ingredience in a small bowl and that he didn't know what was in a Denver omelet. It seemed that he didn't really know how to cook a proper omelet after seeing him cook my food. I also recall seeing a staff member fill the warmed pancake syrup with a bottle of off the shelf cold syrup. If I recall the buffet was $29pp and like I said was just average.

I only had one item at Café Verde. I had the chocolate - banana smoothie. It was actually Hershey's chocolate syrup, yogurt, a banana, and ice (skipped on the nut butter). I think it was about 12 oz... all for $10. I probably would have thought twice about it had I seen the price listed on the menu above the register. I will say it was good but $10? Really???

All in all, the place is so beautiful that it's easy to overlook the bad. Particularly since there are lots of great places to eat in town (less than 5 minutes away, driving). My list is: Breakfast - Emporium, lunch - too many to list, and dinner - Osteria Monte Grappa (first choice and has an awesome patio in back for lunch) and Suzanne's (second choice). I absolutely don't mind dropping serious money on dining but it better be really good. The resort is not there yet. Interestingly enough, I asked several locals in town about the resort's food. They all said that the dining used to be the best about 15 yrs ago and that it has really gone down hill in the last 10 yrs.

As far as my individual ratings...

Service is a 3 is mostly for dining but also the aforementioned coffee station complaint. Would be a 4 if dining were fixed. For a place like that, it has to be top notch.

Value is a 5 as the place is gorgeous and the staff pleasant... even the troubled dining area was really beautiful.

Sleep quality is a 4 but could easily be a 5 with firm, foam pillows.

Cleanliness is a 4 but could easily be a 5 if the few ants and the coffee station was given more attention.

Location, Rooms, and the Spa are all a 5. Spectacular, relaxing, beautiful...

Breakfast is a 3. I would pair breakfast with any dining on that rating. It needs to mirror the location. This means being an unparalleled dining experience and particularly for the price. I for one will be dining at the local Ojai joints when returning to the Inn. IMO, at a minimum the staff needs to be trained properly; wait staff to cooks.

Yes, I will be back (in a month) and would recommend it to anyone.... but for the most part beware of the dining on property.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Probably one of the most beautiful and relaxing destinations I've ever been to. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. The property is immaculate and tranquil.
There is no need to leave the property...lots of restaurant choices and activities from spas, pools, golf, art classes, nature walks, etc. a perfect getaway!

Room Tip: Lots of accommodation choices. This is a dog friendly property so note that when you book your room.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

this hotel is an outstanding place to take in the beautiful surroundings. It is located in a wonderful setting and close by to several fun towns for shopping and eating.
We visited Ventura, Santa Paula and Fillmore while we were there. This is the place you want to go if you want to use their spa facilities, play golf and or tennis. My wife and I did not do any of these, but still enjoyed the atmosphere. The staff was friendly and helpful.

I recommend Ojai Valley Inn for any husband looking to collect a few brownie points from the wife.

Room Tip: I had a nice chat with the receptionist there and she confirmed that over 80% of the guests have som...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, Nevada, United States
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Let's call it a resort, because it is and it is luxury. Golf Course, Full Service Spa, spacious rooms with fireplaces.... And, the air sparkles here. This is one of my favorite trips and favorite spas. The landscaping is meticulous. And if you book a spa treatment, look into the private Kuyram. A native treament that is definitely worth the $100. If you go, take the time to slow down and enjoy the grounds, the gardens and walk into the quaint town of Ojai. Beach cruisers are also included, so get on a bike and ride the bike trails. The boutiques are great for unique pieces both reasonable and designer.

Room Tip: Since all rooms are villas, and there is no driving next to them, I don't think you can get a no...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The staff was exceptional and so friendly. The grounds are incredible-Like staying in a park. We had a great time at Jimmey's pub. Expensive but worth it for a once in a while get away.Room we were in could use update. Bed was great and room spacious. We have been twice now and will go again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 905 Country Club Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
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Location: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Ojai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ojai Valley Inn & Spa 5*
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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