I'm a fairly picky traveller and was not so pleased when my Mother informed me she had us booked at Casa Ojai for a family gathering (we usually stay at the Blue Iguana). After checking out the website, I thought, well it looks okay, but kind of like a motel rather than an Inn.
Upon arrival, sure enough, it looked like an old motel. One thing I did notice though was that the grounds and exterior were very well cared for, even though dated. We had to park in the back, which was okay, but it does feel secluded when parking by yourself at night, even though well lit.
We entered our room and I was satisfied that I was going to be fine with the accommodations. The furniture/decor was pleasant, and much more current than the exterior, though no flat screen tvs (which is fine for me, but don't expect them). The bathroom was average and had a nice granite countertop, update tile in the shower and upgraded fixtures/shower curtain rod (might sound funny, but that's one of those touches I personally notice). Towels were above average and plentiful.
My one bathroom complaint was the lotion they provide in the dispenser. It took me awhile to figure out where the medicine-y smell was coming from, then my mom used the lotion and we figured it out. Really a horrible smell to the four of us in the room, and unfortunately whenever you used the sink area you were close enough to smell it from the dispenser. Mostly I'm adding this so maybe management will change it :) Also, there is a strong chemical odor (bleach) that I think comes from the toilet treatment (?). Didn't mind this so much, because at least you know things are clean, but I would bring an air freshener next time. On that note, the room and common areas were very clean.
I had brought my own pillows, again, I'm picky, but they were not needed. Pillows were plentiful and very good quality. The bed was very comfortable and linens were great.
Wi-Fi is free on property and a continental breakfast is provided. They served hard boiled eggs, oatmeal (packaged), bagels, good coffee, teas, and I think juice and other breads. Front desk staff we found to be very friendly.
The only problem we had was our key card kept deactivating, so whenever we got back to our room they would have to reset it. On a cold night, after a very long day, it was a bit annoying, but wouldn't be a deal breaker for me (my sister could be another story).
All in all, I would defiantly stay here again. I think the only reason I would choose the Blue Iguana over the Casa Ojai is if I was planning on spending a lot of time poolside, as the Iguana's pool is a very nice retreat. The Inn's is pretty small/basic, motel like, though clean.
I'd like to note a nice walk/hike we took. It was on a fire road called Shelf Rd, just a couple minutes drive from the Inn. It was a beautiful scenic view, and perfect for running, walking your dog, or just a stroll, though it is a uphill some and not paved. To get there, just turn left out of the Inn parking lot, go to the next main road, Gridley Road and turn left. Drive approx. 1 mile and you will see the parking turnout on the left, with a gate leading up to the road. On a map it's the intersection of Gridley and Valley View. Just thought I would throw this in, as we really enjoyed the walk :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are nestled among the Topa Topa Mountains in Ojai, California conveniently located near the quaint Ojai Village and across from the newly renovated Soule Park Golf Course, which has been awarded a 4 star rating from Golf Digest. Begin your journey through the Ojai Village with the Ojai Trolley stopping regularly in front of Casa Ojai Inn or if you are feeling adventurous you can rent a bike and ride the Ojai Valley Trail, a paved trail that leads you through Ojai and beyond to the beautiful Ventura County beaches. Our picturesque Libbey Park, located in the center of our small town, rests underneath a canopy of large oak trees with a playground for the kids and a bandstand for our local Summer Night Concerts. Libbey Park is also the home of the public tennis courts used for the finals of The Ojai Tennis Tournament and the Libbey Bowl amphitheater which hosts Ojai's famous Music Festival and numerous other concerts and events throughout the year. The Ojai Village is filled with unique shops, exquisite restaurants, art galleries, and spas. Breath-taking yet challenging golf courses can be found close to the hotel and are perfect for year round golfing. Hotel guests will find Ojai an ideal location for day-trips to the Los Padres National Forest and Lake Casitas for fishing, hiking, biking, and climbing experiences. Remember to bring a swimsuit for the water holes that you may discover as you are exploring the natural beauty. A complimentary expanded continental breakfast is served daily. Guests will enjoy a refreshing swim in our Salt-Water pool and Jacuzzi and sunbathing on our spacious sundeck. Our guests can enjoy discounts for spa services at the Ojai Day Spa or stay fit with complimentary passes to the Bryant Street Gym. Meeting facilities are available for group events in conjunction with the Soule Golf course banquet facility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Ojai Hotel Ojai
- Best Western Ojai
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