We had a great stay at the Ojai Valley Inn; it was a perfect place for a retreat into the mountains and fertile valley during a longer stay in Los Angeles. The landscaped grounds are meticulously kept, and gorgeous views surround you as you wander about the sprawling resort, dine outside, or just relax in one of many outdoor seating areas. I love the old Mediterranean style architecture with its stucco and archways, and our room was richly appointed with heavy carved wood furniture and warm colors.
When we arrived, several valets quickly ran to help us, and although there was a bit of a wait at the front desk, our assistant, Dominic, couldn't have been more helpful and focused on making our stay pleasant - he eagerly offered to make dining reservations, suggest activities, and orient us to the resort.
All of that deserves a solid five stars, but I have to knock off a star for the restaurants where we had lunch (Jimmy's Pub), dinner and breakfast (Oak Grill) - the food was above average, except for a squash ravioli dish which tasted like pasta pumpkin pie (not in a good way) and the service was forgetful and seemed disinterested. I would have expected top notch restaurants in such a well run resort. When we return, and I hope we do, I'll likely head to town for dinner.
For activities while in Ojai, a hike up the mountains (we did Gridley Trail, great), a horseback ride through an avocado farm and up a mountain ridge (through Bodee's stable), and a visit to Old Creek Winery are all excellent ways to spend your time.
- 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
- Ojai Valley Inn And Spa