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Pepper Tree Retreat
Ranked #5 of 9 Ojai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Burbank, California
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2 reviews
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“A True Retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2011

This was the perfect location for what we needed; peace. Knowing of the teachings of Krishnamurti is what lead us here. The staff is wonderful and the breakfast is simple and hearty. It is a very special and calming place; a true retreat!

  • Stayed February 2011
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Memphis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2011

Booked this place based on the other reviews. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our reservation 5 days prior to our trip due to my partner's illness. When I called to cancel, I was advised that I would be charged a $50 cancellation fee. Even with five days notice, they would charge this cancellation fee. This is their policy apparently. The representative advised me that they have credit card costs associated with the booking. That is absolute BS. I am a merchant myself and I know that when a payment is refunded, the merchant is refunded 100% of the credit card fees.

Considering that this place bills itself as peaceful and relaxing oasis, the customer service experience was the complete opposite. They showed no compassion towards an unexpected illness and the exorbitant cancellation fee.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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104 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2011

We arrived after dark and the lit path wound its way to our comfy bed and well-tended room. Gentile, calm and welcoming are the adjectives for this understated retreat.
It is overseen by the Krishnamurti Foundation as a place for reflection and meditation surrounded by acres of sweet-smelling orange blossoms. There are no frills here - just mature trees, lots of nooks for conversation or quiet, friendly and caring staff...and beautiful landscape.
No phones, no TV, no liquor, no children....If you are looking for a dependable and sensible delight for the senses - stay here. (Crickets, owls and wi-fi.)

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2011

A fantastic group of people run the place, they carry so much joy that transmits over to the guests. A definite 'tell my friends to visit' location and i look forward to returning soon in order to spend more time reading J. Krishnamurti's books in a home he once used as his own. The only problem i had was the shared in-room heating system being on too high.

  • Stayed January 2011
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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2011

The birds awake one in the morning with their gentle song. You can stroll the green grounds or take hikes on mountain trails nearby and watch spectacular sunrises and sunsets. There's a stillness in the air and in the rooms that relaxes the very core of your body and mind. The room is wonderfully decorated and the bed offers a place for a deep and restful sleep. The breakfast is delicious and rejuvenating. On a morning walk you can witness how the sky changes, the effortless symphony of color that heralds a new day.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Maria1917
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Monrovia, California
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2010

Very relaxing and beautiful setting. The staff was so polite and helpful. The vegetarian breakfast was yummy. No complaints here.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank wisdominthetree
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Pasadena, California
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2010

We stayed in Lennon room and enjoyed it very much. The silence and peacefulness of the surroundings were perfect for us, marred only by the intrusive sound of compressors/air-conditioners just outside the room--at night it sounded like snoring in the next room. Also, breakfast was to be included, and we were told eggs would be served. We showed up 20 minutes after the dining room was opened...and all the eggs were gone, eaten by the first three guests! There were only 5 registered guests at the inn. Grudging apology from the morning staff. The staff should take responsibility to ensure the hot food is sufficient for all the guests. Absent that, I recommend you get to the dining room before the food is served, to guarantee that your "included breakfast" is indeed included.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pepper Tree Retreat
Address: 1130 McAndrew Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
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Location: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ojai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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