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“Great, but with a few tweaks it could be excellent”
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Ojai Valley Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ojai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2010

We got a great deal on our stay here - stay two nights, get the third free when traveling during the week. I was happy with the deal and overall felt pleased with the property. It's beautiful, and full of amenities. Our room was spacious, comfortable and impressive. The staff is friendly and the pools and grounds are beautiful, relaxing and well maintained. However, a few things made this feel like a slightly less than a 5 star experience.

- The food: No way this is 5 star food. We ate mostly in the casual spots (the pub, poolside cafes) and were so unimpressed we had no desire to try the more upscale eateries. If you're going to charge $16 for a tuna sandwich, it better be the best tuna I've ever eaten, not a lackluster meal served with bagged potato chips. Additionally, most of the casual fare was greasy - hamburgers, fries, etc - and if we went with a salad, it was simple mixed greens, but still for $15 a pop. I was far from impressed and spent most of my food dollars at restaurants in Ojai.
- Housekeeping: While all he staff was friendly and our room was kept clean, service was spotty. We only received turndown service on one of three nights, because on the other two, they came to the room after 9 p.m. when we had already returned from dinner. Likewise, one day our room wasn't given the regular cleaning until after 4 p.m. When staying at a place this nice (and $$) I really expect the housekeeping to be handled when I'm away from the room, and in a timely manner so you feel a bit more pampered. The resort was not busy when we were there, so I'm not sure what the problem was.
- Pools: all of the pools are great, but why can't the plush chairs at the main pool also be offered at the other, adult-only pools?

All in all, a great place to stay - but they need to kick it up just a notch before I'll come back and pay full price.

Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

My 13-year-old god child and I made our fifth visit to Ojai Valley Inn and Spa together. We visited during her spring break in past years; this year we decided to spend a few days in July. had been once without her in the summer but she had never been to Ojai in July, and this July was really hot. We spent most of our time at the pool.

We found the staff attentive and flexible; the grounds were beautiful; and the food was certainly acceptable. If you spend five days at the pool, the limited menu can get a bit repetitious.

We really appreciated the pool staff; they were eager to assist in any way they could; the pool chef made us a fun fruit plate; and the kids (and adults) all enjoyed the Dive Inn movie on Saturday night.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

FLAWLESS! Your every want, need, and desire, is anticipated, met, and exceeded.

From the superb down comforters, to the abundant fluffy white towels, everything is sparkling clean. The toiletries provided are divine and generous, with ever thoughtful little detail attended to, right down to the container with cotton swabs.

The hospitality is above and beyond what one would expect. Without exception, every staff member we met was so very gracious. It was clearly apparent they loved working there, and wanted every aspect of our stay to be delightful. From the housekeeper who gave is a ride in her cart to the Herb Garden Pool (and then made certain she was available to give us a ride back to our room) to the staff we met walking the stunning grounds, each person was kind and went out of their way to make sure we were having a perfect stay.

Everywhere we looked, the grounds were so beautiful - we were compelled to take a photo. The setting (over 200 acres) is striking. Clearly, the landscaping was done by a great talent. The gardens were enchanting with fragrant flowers and herbs perfectly placed. The herb garden and adjacent delightful Herb Garden Pool was our favorite area.

The Artist’s Cottage offers some really fun classes. We truly enjoyed the “Blending” class, where one is able to concoct their own personal fragrance. They also offer art and craft classes there as well.

We didn’t avail ourselves of the Spa this time, because there was so much to see and do at the Inn and surrounding areas. But, we looking forward to some of the special treats they offer on subsequent visits.

There are three restaurant choices within the grounds. We had breakfast one morning on the outside deck of the Maravella. The views were lovely. Our favorite place to dine was Café Verde. They offer the freshest most wholesome faire, and the lemon tart is not to be missed.

From the soft music turned on in your room every night when your bed is turned down, to the gorgeous facilities and gracious hospitality offered, you will be planning your next trip to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, before you even leave. We can’t wait to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

This was our second stay. We were on a mid week golf/spa plan. It was great. A relaxing stay, pleasant golf course, superb spa, beautiful location and grounds and good food.

It has an informal though luxurious atmosphere which we prefer.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

I would say that this hotel is at best a 4 star NOT 5 star as we were expecting. The location is wonderful and the resort grounds lovely too, however the rooms have thin walls as we could here the people talking in the room next to us and their TV quite loud even with earplugs?! So we had to move rooms (which was a pain) to a room where there was no one staying either side of us which was better for our last two nights. Also I would say that to become 5 star the rooms would need updating!

Another big disappointment was that both the spa pool and the other adult only pool had CRAP sunloungers with NO cushions so therefore very uncomfortable?! Why they have spent so much money on building a beautiful new pool only to put cheap sunloungers is beyond me. Again this is not 5 star standard such as The Four Seasons! And not what we were expecting from the pictures of the resort on their website. The main family pool however dos have nice sunloungers but we did not want to lay there and have to put up with other peoples screaming kids. The pool at The Four Seasons in Westlake is far better as are the rooms, shame theres not a Four Seasons in Ojai! The spa was ok again a bit old and dated.

If this hotel is charging the prices that they charge they need to invest, improve and update!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

I had always wanted to visit Ojai Valley Inn and it did not disappoint. I booked through Perfect Escapes and they were wonderful to deal with plus I think we got a pretty good deal. Everyone we interacted with was very friendly and helpful. The spa really is wonderful in every way. I can see why it is top rated. The workout room was really well equipped. The workout machines have music videos with headsets which I thought was pretty cool. I took a wonderful yoga/ball class and had a great massage. It was a little cool when we were there (earlier this week) and so we only went to the pool the day we arrived. This would really be a great girlfriend destination or couple destination.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

Went for our 5 year Anniversary and will go back every year! Just the perfect setting to get away from it all. Great rooms. Great pool. Great food. Great scenery. Great weekend.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 905 Country Club Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-3734
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Location: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ojai
Price Range: $409 - $577 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ojai Valley Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 308
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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Ojai Valley Hotel Ojai
Ojai Valley Spa
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Ojai Valley Inn And Spa

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