Reviews and website do not do this luxury resort justice. The grounds are beautiful, the setting spectacular, the rooms spacious, the food delicious, and the staff as friendly as I've ever encountered.
We stayed in a "standard" Ojai room, which included a sitting area and an extra sink with vanity area outside of the bathroom. We did not get the complimentary upgrade (subject to availability) when you book with perfectescapes.com, as the hotel was completely full for Labor Day Weekend. If I had more time, I would love to have seen the luxurious "Shangri-La" rooms. High end toiletries, quality linens and turndown with chocolates definitely added to the room's appeal. Our one criticism is that the lighting is very dim, especially in the make-up area, even with the lighted mirror.
Our room rate seemed high until we saw the room and tasted the breakfast (included in our rate). Your choice of buffet or fabulous a la carte dishes. The wait staff (like all of the hotel staff) could not have been more accommodating. Lunch at the pool was standard snack bar food with expensive hotel pricing, but the service and scenery made it worth it.
The pools are gorgeous! Because there were so many families, the overflow from the main pool were sent to the Herb Garden pool...a slice of heaven. We rented a cabana to shade us from the brutally hot sun, which included 2 sumptuous beach chairs, a sitting area for 3 more, mini-fridge with cold beverages, munchies and a fruit plate delivered upon request. Staff were continually coming by to ask if they could bring us anything. Guests and staff alike seemed exceptionally happy, which may have been a result of the scent of herbs permeating the pool area.
Our only regret is that our short trip did not allow us to take advantage of the spa treatments, exercise classes or dinners at the hotel. We'd love to come back and try them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For over 80 years, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa 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 & Spa 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