Ojai Valley Inn And Spa
What We Love
- The property’s championship golf course
- Views of Los Padres National Forest
- The award winning Spa Ojai’s Abhyanga Four-Handed Massage
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Golfing at Ojai is $180 per round — the best tee times often go early (up to one year in advance!)
- Pets are permitted for an additional $150 for the first pet, per stay, and $50 for the second pet, per stay; there is a two-pet maximum
- A $30 resort fee per night will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Spread over several buildings that flow down a green hillside into the valley, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa was originally commissioned by an early-20th-century glass tycoon from Toledo. It looks like a perfect California village, composed entirely of white stucco and terra cotta, a Mission-style utopia for those who want golf clubs in their hands or slices of cucumber covering their eyes.
Bed & Bath
The 308 rooms are all spacious, all with views of the manicured grounds or surrounding hills. Opt for the Fireplace Shangri-La Rooms or Mini Suites for 550 and 625 square feet, respectively, fireplaces (even in SoCal, a fire feels cozy) and verandas or balconies with views of the Los Padres National Forest.
There’s nothing wrong with spending the weekend camped out on a deck chair by the pool. But if you want to stay active, it’s not a problem here. One day can be devoted to tennis at the expansive tennis center, another to golf at the spectacular 18-hole championship course carved into the hillsides in 1923. And, of course, there’s the spa. The best-known treatment is called Kuyam, and it involves a mud cleanse, a lot of heat and a guided group meditation. Another fave is the Abhyanga Four-Handed Massage, which employs the healing hands of two top therapists.
How to Get There
It has all the right qualities of a 5 star golf/spa resort, but is not overly stuffy or pretentious - got just a hint of that nice Ojai hippy nature to keep things calm and light.
The attention and professionalism of staff was impressive, beyond the reception and concierge... from shuttle drivers to bellmen to waiters, everyone is polite, friendly, and kind.
Good for families: kids camp is great for the kids... Kids wanted to go back every day, and counselors were fun, smart, and safe. Pixie pool is also perfect: secure pool area away from the hustle of everything else with full menu and store to buy the floaties you forgot.
Plenty to do if you want it: golf, tennis, spa, activity calendar... town, beach, horse, wine are all close too.
We felt relaxed, even with kids, which is rare.
We've just finished a 4-night stay at the Ojai Valley Inn (OVI) and had the most amazing time. It is a spectacular setting with mountains in the backdrop, overlooking the beautiful grounds.
We booked through Amex Fine Hotels, which gives benefits such as a room upgrade (when available). Upon check-in we were told we'd been upgraded but discovered that this was to a disabled room, which was bigger but had no bath and the shower only reached around 5 feet. This wasn't suitable so we phoned the front desk to explain the situation and mentioned that we didn't want the room. The team were very busy as there was a wedding and we were initially told that they would try to find us an alternative room 2 days later, which was disappointing. Given we were paying c$500 per night we would've rather checked in elsewhere as the room wasn't practical.
We decided to speak in person to the reception and that's where we met Layla who was incredibly professional and helpful. She completely understood our situation and and went above and beyond the find us a different room. We eventually were given a beautiful room for the duration of our stay and she continued to make every effort to ensure we were comfortable. She really transformed our experience and we were able to enjoy what is a truly amazing place.
I'd also like to mention the wonderful staff working at the Oak, Jimmy's Pub and Libbey's.
We can't wait to return to California and the OVI will definitely be a priority on our list.
This is our first time at the hotel, we came to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday. When we called to make the reservation they only had 2 suites available, reservationist told me it was a beautiful room and well worth the $1,000+ a night splurge. She told me at the time the room available had two queen beds but that she would put the request in for a king and that she felt confident they would be able to do something when we checked in. Well, we just checked in and they said our room has two full beds (not queen) and that they do have a suite available with a king bed but that there was an up charge. I asked to speak to the manager explaining the situation to her and asking if she could upgrade us to the king suite without the up charge since it is the day of and we are celebrating our anniversary.
Without any hesitation she said NO and that was is it. Well, then we come to the room and look at the tiney full size bed my husband and I will have to share or sleep in separate beds leaving us disheartened about the treatment we were receiving. Our lovely beautiful room also turns out to have a beautiful view of the parking lot!?
Think twice before you book here, hotels that are charging someone over $1,000 a night will typically treat you much better and try to accommodate you if they can and not put you in a “suite” that looks eye level into a parking lot.