This was a return visit for me.The Inn and Spa had been completely renovated since my last visits. The overall layout of the property is casually based around a golf course, pools and very large and exceptional spa. The mountain views are lovely (ask for a view of the mountains rather than the golf course - or if you are fond of sylvan settings the rooms by the spa face nice oaks and landscaping). The decor is very nice, casual cotton prints and solids with a light updated California Spanish feeling. The rooms are impeccably clean. We booked a mini suite with fireplace - this choice had a less intimate feeling than the rooms I've stayed in the past - if we return I would "downgrade" to a Fireplace Shangri-la (they appear to have the same furnishings and amenities - the mini suite has a lot of extra open space - they do offer two room suites which are great if you are traveling with a friend with different sleep patterns). Fireplaces are gas. The balcony's vary from room to room - ask for a room with a more secluded balcony if you are less social as we are.
The big surprise this visit was the restaurant Maravilla - Fabulous! We both had meals that were exquisite two nights in a row. This is a chef who knows how to buy and prepare meats and as well design great vegetarian meals and veggie sides (we didn't get to try the fish offerings). Nice wine menu - interesting local selections. Food by both the spa pool and the adult pool was also excellent. Breakfast is slow and just okay - we ate breakfast twice and just bought scones in town for the third morning. Overall the kitchens are not quick - so if you have tee time or a spa treatment don't push it with breakfast or lunch at your assumed normal speed. At dinner who cares you are on vacation - so slow down and enjoy dinner (and hope the LA couple next to you isn't having a continually climaxing two hour argument - where she leaves the table - canceling and re-ordering dinner - really sweetie I don't care if he can't be in touch with his emotions - we're here to enjoy dinner and sunset not your soap opera).
Adult pool concept is wonderful, we were there on a weekday, very relaxing, very nicely laid out with seating areas and lounge chairs - lots of available pool floats, lovely lavender colored towels. Great service staff. Cell phones are not permitted by the pools or in the spa - but if you are NorCal like us or from the rest of the country - you will need to remember many of the guests are from LA and they always have exceptional needs.
The Spa - fabulous. Expensive, so you should allow time to enjoy all the extras, such as the hot tubs, steam room, sauna, pools. Everything you need is provided from robe and designer flip flops, right down to a hair brush and toiletries. I had a very good 100 minute massage and an excellent facial. My significant other had a 100 minute massage he called his best ever and as a guy even braved a facial himself which he enjoyed. I tried a seasonal sugar treatment - the sugar scrub part was awful - hurt like hell - semi dry rub with lemon verbena - had to tell the technician to tone down the application pressure, which she did, but the treatment itself is simply abrasive (she mentioned the treatment was new and only a month old - they need to try it on themselves) - washing it off it did feel great and my skin was and still is soft - but I would never do this treatment again - it was not relaxing (second part with avocado was very nice) however even after two showers the clothes I wore after smelled up my suitcase with the fragrance. I've decided I'm not a fan of lemon verbena as a scent. So even though I am grumbling about the sugar treatment - the spa is wonderful and all the treatments I've had in the past were lovely (the Kuyum mud treatment is quirky - gave me the giggles and felt good).
Only Peaves - $10 for high speed internet per day (at $425 per night internet should be included along with the newspapers which are). Mini-Bar - No list of mini bar beverage items or their prices, nothing but canned nuts for snacks and one candy bar - you cannot see the bottled items which are inserted horizontally - you can't tell peligrino water from wine or soda and the way they are secured if you even touch them you are charged electronically. We ended up heading into town day two and buying some chips and wine to chill on ice for the evenings. Bring your own bottled water - tap water is highly chlorinated - bottled water in room is $4 (again at these prices if your water isn't perfect a small bottle per guest each day would be gracious). Coffee maker in room with real half n half (don't use full cup of water - the cups provided are large and the coffee comes out too weak), use bottled water - if you are a tea drinker bring tea, Keurig system doesn't make a good cup of tea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For over 80 years, Ojai Valley Inn 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 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