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Ojai Retreat
Ranked #3 of 9 Ojai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sarasota, Florida
Level Contributor
76 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lives up to its name!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2008

As the property's name implies it is a getaway retreat. The room and bath accommodations were delightfully fresh, clean and inviting. Perfect for a short or long stay -- we were there 2 nights. Sitting outside in the early evening sipping wine was a delight as we looked out at the beautiful countryside. No phones or TV's in room were a nice change, although they need to extend wireless internet access to all rooms. Breakfast of juices, fruit, granola, breads, bagels, tea and great coffee was a good start each moring. Would have liked some yogurt, but that's being picky. Only complaint was the stark interruption to the peace and quiet when the athletic field at the bottom of the hill erupted in annoying teeny-bopper screaming during soccer practice.

  • Liked — Quiet location with well appointed and very clean rooms
  • Disliked — Noise from playing field at bottom of hilll in early evening
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank John B
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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West Hollywood, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2008

If you want to enjoy a magnificent view, comfortable renovated rooms (we had ´"The" Ojai Suite), the quietness of nature, a relaxing small pond and waterfall, the Ojai Retreat is your place.
No television, no phones, just you and yourself... and your eventual partner(s!).
Not the place to look for rock and action, but a place to enjoy and why not, meditate, and enjoy the programm offered: It is a "retreat", not a "hotel". I kind of like giving my money to places with a purpose which is not only to make a profit: this one is a non-prfit organization.. but very well organized (it ticks like a Swiss watch!)
The place is spotless. A good bed from which we could enjoy the view of the Ojai valley... A nice size terrace, where we fell asleep contemplating the stars...
The Breakfast lounge room has a low volume classical music, and interesting books... the breakfast itself is composed of various items, all organic and some home made, delicious.
We had all of them on the terrace... tables were adorned with sprigs of rosemay, said to be deterrent for potential wasps... a few came by, and left right away!!!
After you have been greeted by very profocient and pleasant Office Staff, be sure to meet with the smiling, discreet and Swiss owner "Ulrich".. this might explain the above ticking of the place!.
He is a good source of information on the Ojai Valley.
Cannot wait to go back!

  • Liked — Location = view and quiet
  • Disliked — Small bathtub, but it seems to be
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Villabutler
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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2008

I needed peace, quiet and relaxation. I found exactly what I was looking for at the Ojai Retreat. The room was really nice and roomy. It was quiet and allowed me to rest and rejuvenate myself. The property is beautiful and I was able to walk and sit in uninterrupted peace. The breakfast was good. I loved sitting outside under the trees eating in peace. I highly recommend the Ojai Retreat.

  • Liked — The peace and quiet
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Mesajewel
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Long Beach, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2008

From the moment I arrived at the Ojai Retreat, I knew I had come to the perfect place for a serene, spiritual, and relaxing vacation.

The grounds are filled with trees, plants, and flowers of all kinds, and hummingbirds, rabbits, and quail move amongst them each day. There are plenty of places where one can sit and take personal time for reflection, and the sound of the waterfall adds to the experience. A walk along the nature path is a great way to begin or end the day. It's so quiet at the Ojai Retreat that it's hard to believe that city life goes on just at the bottom of the hill. A full and healthy breakfast, buffet style, is served each day, and Christy's home-made granola is the best I've ever eaten. I stayed in two different rooms during my 6 day stay; both were beautiful and each included a private patio with fantastic views. Not everyone will appreciate that there are no televisions or phones in the rooms, but I found that it was perfectly in line with my appreciation of the peaceful atmosphere.

Yoga classes are offered three times a week. I'd had no experience with Yoga before, but the teacher helped me feel comfortable. She explained and taught some physical and spiritual aspects of Tibetan Yoga and made it a great experience. The class was held in the "Quiet Room," which was filled with all types of spiritual books (and a few for those who just want to read a good novel) from a large variety of spiritual paths and religions.

The Ojai Retreat is close enough to town to move freely back and forth any number of times, and the Ojai River Trail, which goes all the way to Ventura and where I rode my bike twice during my stay, is only 5 minutes away by car.

If you're looking for a quiet, beautiful place to stay when you're visiting Ojai, you will find it at the Ojai Retreat.

  • Liked — the grounds, the rooms, the peaceful environment, the view, breakfast
  • Disliked — the bees that wanted to share my breakfast on the outdoor patio
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HBLB
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San Diego
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2008

Just returned from 3 fantastic days at the Ojai Retreat. Our room, The Balcony Room was the best on the property. The view cant be beat. The quiet and beauty of the grounds is what makes this place so special. The rooms have all been redone and the craftmanship is outstanding. The breakfast is filling and plentyful, I'm craving a another cup of their coffee.

The owner, Ulrich was warm and friendly without being too intrusive. He gave wonderful suggestions for things to see and do around town. We will be back, soon I hope.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — low water pressure
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lovesabrit
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La Mesa, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2008

We feel this is a perfect place to unwind, relax and just be. The grounds are beautiful with many places to sit and read or enjoy the views. Our room, The Garden Room, had especially beautiful views and was very comfortable. You feel as if you are so far away from the hustle and bustle and yet you are just a few minutes from "downtown" Ojai. In town we enjoyed restaurants (especially Suzanne's Cusine and Vesta), had great treatments at the Ojai Day Spa, and spent a happy 2 hours at Bart's Books. We want to visit again soon!!

  • Liked — beautiful setting
  • Disliked — no pool
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank SuzieV52
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Venice, CA
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2008

Wonderful place. Unlike most other lodgings in Ojai, it is not on main road, which is very pleasant. Perfectly quite. I would say it is best kept secret in Ojai. Rooms are even nicer then pictured on the website. Can be very romantic. Or very good to empty your mind, read a book, in the gardens or in the Library. They have Yoga sessions regularly. Lovely hosts too.

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  • Disliked — nn
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank guybenzeno
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Additional Information about Ojai Retreat

Property: Ojai Retreat
Address: 160 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
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Location: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ojai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ojai Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ojai Retreat is a 5-acre haven of beauty with exquisite views, lush gardens and tranquility. There are 12 completely renovated bedrooms most with private garden or patio, all with views. A delicious European-style breakfast is included. There is a spacious living/meeting room and Quiet room with small library. Free wireless internet in all rooms and throughout the property. TV-and telephone-free rooms to preserve tranquility. Yoga classes and massages are available. ... more   less 
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