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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
5.0 of 5 Spa   |   905 Country Club Rd, Ojai, CA 93023   |  
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L.A.
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“Classy, classy, classy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Sure, the property is beautiful and exquisitely maintained and yes, the rooms are well-appointed and top of the line (our view was magnificent), but here's the deal: The service on this property sets it well above and apart from all others. Everyone is well-trained, courteous and thoughtful, friendly, helpful and solicitious -- staying here guarantees nothing less than first class treatment from one and all.
Attention, Hoteliers: THIS is how your guests should be treated, period.

Room Tip: The west-facing rooms in Shangra-La overlook the herb garden, the "grown-up" (and quieter...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I have paid a lot more at fine hotels and resorts than I did at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa but none were any better. Ojai Valley knows how to put a property together for maximum enjoyment. The staff was particularly pleasant. I have no suggestion how to make one's stay any better as I am a food and hotel critic (without a magazine or newspaper having hired me to report in)--harder than nails on food and lodging. Ojai Valley Inn and Spa you get my highest rating--5 Stars!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Massachusetts
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18 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We recently spent four nights here and cannot say enough nice things about it. It is a unique property where you can truly relax. The spa is awesome! Massages were wonderful, in rooms with their own fireplace. So nice, especially that we were there on some cool days.

The golf course is also amazing -- tough and unique, but not impossible, I immediately wanted to play it again. Loved the "lost hole" that is now back.

Food is delicious everywhere, from the dining rooms to the banquets we enjoyed.

You will not go wrong enjoying this beautiful resort. Just wish it was not on the other side of the country!

Room Tip: Call the resort directly and tell them your needs. They are very helpful.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We have vacationed for many years here over the Thanksgiving holiday. While expensive (and they have now added a $20 resort fee), the hotel is luxurious without feeling pretentious.

The grounds are simply gorgeous - and quite well maintained. The rooms have been remodeled - very tastefully, although the new lighting is less than adequate. The Shangri-La Fireplace rooms are wonderful - and worth the extra money if you can make the splurge.

Didn't do the spa services or golf this year - so can't comment. Town is an easy, nice walk. The fitness staff is great - and the resorts walks at 8 am are really exercise - first time I have ever experienced that at any hotel! The Herb garden is really beautifully landscaped lending a magical air to the grounds.

The resort shops are way too pricey - nice merchandise but not within the realm of reality-spending - especially with all of the sales in town!
Hotel is pet-friendly - and the Thanksgiving days seemed to bring a pet with each room - there were dogs everywhere - but by and large - all seems well behaved and tolerated by the other guests.
And valet parking is complimentary.

Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Let me start by saying that the ONLY reason I was able to come here was thanks to a sniqueaway coupon -- made it MUCH more affordable. The property, the staff and the rooms are all exquisite -- top of the line. The backdrop of Ojai makes it even better (even on a rainy weekend like we had). Shopping in the downtown stretch is super cute. Highly recommend grabbing a glass of wine at Barrel 33 -- cute, cozy little place!

You should know that EVERYTHING at the hotel is top of the line, and with that comes a high price tag. If you're worrying about spending too much money for a weekend getaway, this probably won't be the most relaxing place for you (since all you'll be thinking of is how much everything costs). If, however, you go into it knowing you're going to drop some money, it makes it a little less stressful and you really do soak in the relaxing vibes this place has to offer. I do have to admit that we didn't get any spa treatment (because of the cost), but most people that are here can afford to drop the money on treatments. I can get those treatments for half the cost in LA, so I had a tough time rationalizing spending that kind of money. We did walk into the spa, and I can see why this place gets rave reviews -- the place looked amazing. I should also note that we saw a LOT of girls' weekend getaway trips. Not a bad idea if you have money!!

I'd love to come back in the summer and enjoy the pool areas. It was rainy the whole time we were there and I STILL enjoyed every minute of it. Beds were AMAZINGLY comfortable and the chocolate chip cookie ice cream dessert was unreal (talk about a birthday treat!).

Room Tip: We stayed in the main building and it was a little bit loud because everything bounced off the walls...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Everything from the impeccable service to my cozy room, the delightful spa treatments, my hike up to Nordoff Peak, and the weather, was perfect. I love to treat myself to a few truffle potato chips in the Bar and Grill after a day of exercise and fresh air. Save your
money and treat yourself because it's worth it!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carmel Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

$$$$, Pricey but service was worth all the built in gratuities, I guess. Really enjoyed the little town of Ojai, too.
Went to spa, 50 min massage was fair even though there was a fireplace in the room! Enjoyed 2 hour.horseback more. Checked out Thanksgiving day and the place turned into a Zoo...all kinds of people, kids,dogs,golfers everywhere! So glad I was there before so many others arrived! Long drive home for me!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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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