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“Wonderful Birthday”
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Emerald Iguana Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Ojai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Fountain Valley, California
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Birthday”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

We picked the hotel from on line reviews and were absolutely enthralled! What a great little hotel. Secluded location but blocks form the Ojai action and with absolutely adorable rooms. Very comfortable bed and other pleasant amenities including an enclosed private patio. The pool area is very pleasant with a great light breakfast served each morning. We stayed in the Tadpole room, another couple in the back to back adjoining room(forget the name) which worked well for socializing for my birthday girl. Only negative is recommendation not to stay in the Grasshopper room, or room above it. Our third couple could hear every activity in the bath room and apparently vice-versa for the couple upstairs. We will definitely stay there again. Staff was wonderful and very helpful with any requests.

Room Tip: Really all the rooms are great with the exception of the Grasshopper as noted above.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Delightful stay, very cozy and quiet
The ammenaties were first rate
The breakfast and tea were delicious
They go the extra mile here !!!
I recommend this place highly
I will be going back for certain
Loved the iguana key chain on room key
I bought one for myself in the gift shop!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Oceanside, ca.
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

My husband and I just stayed at the Emerald Iguana for the second time, and again, was not disappointed. The inn is so nicely done and so romantic, and comfortable. The town is very relaxing with lots of nice little shops and restaurants. I cant wait to come again, and try out a different room.

Room Tip: we've stayed in the Heather and the Lilly Pad- both are beautiful.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

The grounds look nice, but the rooms/suites seem like they could use a little help. Rugs were either not super clean or need to be replaced. The tubs & showers could use some care. We actually showered in the unused bathroom because the shower in the master looked so uninviting. The guest room shower wasn't much better. The staff was very friendly - had no issues there. The suite was mostly clean, but there was some sticky stuff on coffee table that I had to wipe up. Only significant problem I had was the excessive lemon oil that was used on the furniture. It really bothered my sinuses. It was slathered on all wood furniture (and there was a lot of wood furniture) and was very fragrant. We only stayed one night, which is fortunate, because I could not have done another night due to the cleaning materials.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We chose to stay in Ojai over Christmas and the only suite available was the Lilly Pad Suite. I've stayed at the hotel before so I knew the decor and grounds were beautiful, and this suite turned out to be perfect. There were 4 of us and 1 of us likes to cook so the kitchen was important. It was adequate, but really needs to be a little better stocked with pots and pans. The place over all was just roomy enough for us and we loved it. The main bedroom has 2 queen beds in it, as well as a spa tub right inside the room (could be a privacy issue). However, there is a private bathroom attached. The 2nd bedroom is a loft up the spiral staircase with a King size bed. The living room has a bathroom with tub/shower combo attached to it. There is a patio off the kitchen / dining and one off the main bedroom as well. Both are lovely but the kitchen patio is right next to Cricket, so if those people are outside or have their doors open it can be less than quiet.

We really enjoyed being next to the pool area, having quick access to the morning coffee and afternoon wine. One afternoon a young woman was playing flute for all on the patio enjoying their afternoon happy hour. The hot tub is next to the pool and we had a great evening soak, but it's a bit on the small side only fitting 4 people comfortably.

You really can't beat the wonderful Balinese decor, homey and comfortable feel, and gorgeous grounds not only reflected in the architecture but also the beautiful trees which have a way of embellishing and ornamenting the buildings. I'm looking forward to my next stay at the Emerald Iguana already.

Room Tip: Lilly Pad Suite's 2nd King bedroom is a loft above the living room up the spiral staircase - lov...
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Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for one night to celebrate our anniversary. The grounds were meticulously kept. The room was not only beautiful, but also immaculate. The staff was accommodating and welcoming. The atmosphere of the Emerald Iguana exudes peace and relaxation. We can't wait to get back!

Room Tip: The Grasshopper room is very romantic with a bear claw tub located in the room. There is a private p...
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

This was our first time in Ojai, and we had a great experience there which was enhanced by our stay at the Emerald Iguana Inn. We had the Frog Suite, which was really a small house-sized suite, with kitchen, spacious living room, large bedroom & bath, and a spacious covered porch with comfortable chairs. The breakfast was more than adequate, and our hostess was friendly and helpful. Anyone renting the Frog suite should know, however, that the bed has wood side rails which they would feel getting into and out of the bed. Also, for those who like to read in bed, the lighting was not good, as the small table with a lamp on it had to be moved to make room to get into the left side of the bed. All in all, these were minor inconveniences for a truly charming inn with lush landscaping and a quiet location.

Room Tip: We noticed that one or perhaps two of the rooms were situated close to the pool filter, which we cou...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Emerald Iguana Inn
Address: 108 Pauline St, End of Blanche St., Ojai, CA 93023-1815
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Location: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ojai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Emerald Iguana Inn is Ojai's most beautiful boutique hotel. This lovely, romantic boutique Inn offers luxury accommodations in a serene setting just a few minutes walk from the scenic downtown Ojai. Luxuriously decorated rooms, suites and cottages surround a crystaline pool & spa. Many offer whirlpool or clawfoot bathtubs, fireplaces or private balconies. Daily continental breakfast. Wine & cheese reception offered Spring & Summer weekends. In-room spa services. ... more   less 
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