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
- 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
We loved our stay at Ojai Valley Inn.
We chose this place because it is pet friendly, and we were looking for a staycation resort. This place turned out to be perfect, so let me list the pros:
1. Beautiful grounds. Tranquil, serene, and lush. It is a very expansive resort, so you can walk for a while exploring different areas and nearby trails. Check out the Orchard area and the new Farmhouse.
2. Excellent service. Very attentive and accommodating, they know how to greet guests with a smile and try to make your experience even more pleasant.
3. The recently renovated rooms were very nice, spacious and very clean. Large bathrooms.
4. Everything you need is on the premise. There is a casual bar/pub, upscale American restaurant, upscale Italian restaurant, and a causal cafe with coffee/ice cream. Even a little store with clothes and jewelry.
5. Live music on certain days/nights under the Oak tree.
6. Fitness classes all day long. I didn't partake, but what a great offering.
7. Children's Day Camp. Again, we don't have children, but a great option for families.
8. Separate pools for families and adults. Since we don't have kids, I appreciate adults only pools.
9. Free bike rental service. Downtown Ojai is a few miles away, so this is perfect.
10. Attention to detail. The firepits, the lanterns on trees, little library area, all show great attention to detail and I appreciate that.
For people that want some cons,
1. The resort is huge, so although I love to walk, if you are not able to, it might be a pain to have to call a golf cart everytime.
2. Pet fee is 150/stay, so it's not cheap... and I didn't feel like we got anything out of that, no bedding, no bowls. Not sure if I was supposed to ask, but we weren't offered anything for the "pet fee".
3. Hair dryer was ancient. I don't know why so many nice resorts have such crappy hair dryers. I'm always impressed when a hotel has a nice dryer, it's not even that expensive!
4. I liked that the resort was a few miles away from DT, but other people might want a closer hotel. BTW, Ojai DT is small, but super cute.
Overall, the stay was outstanding, and my dog loved it as well! Everywhere we went, people were so friendly and welcoming, even other guests. I think this resort has such a good vibe that everyone becomes friendly to others. We are planning on coming back sometime soon. Thanks Ojai Valley Inn!
I was very impressed by the Ojai Valley Inn. The grounds are beautiful and well kept but specifically the staff and the attention to detail was superb. I loved that the property has multiple buildings and so many different options to choose from (places to eat, multiple classes to take at the spa or at the art center). It is a one stop vacation spot and suitable for family, couples or a solo adventure.
Paradise By definition in the Webster’s dictionary and Oxford is “Heaven as the Ultimate Abode of the just.” That is exactly what Ojai Valley Inn is. Paradise.
I was recently whisked away here for a surprise bday weekend by my lovely fiancé.
A slice of Paradise Nestled deep into the valley on over 200+ acres of Pure Tranquility.
The lush landscaping and mature trees is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Especially something so close to Los Angeles. Less than 75 miles away and less than 90 Minutes in the car. Definitely a road trip worth taking.
Now getting back to the trees. I have always been fascinated by trees. Deeply rooted trees that are connected to the earth. Absorbing all the energy below it and above it. A deeply rooted tree represents strength and foundation. Ojai Valley Inn has some of the most magical trees I’ve every seen.
They say Spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood. I concur.
Ok Enough about the Trees.
This is an incredible property. Something that cannot be replicated. After doing some further research turns out that the Hotel and grounds were built back in 1923 and the architect was none other than the legendary Wallace Neff who is credited for his “California Style” who drew heavily from the architectural styles of both Spain and the Mediterranean.
With over 300+ rooms I wouldn’t worry about availability. The SPA is also world class. Steam Room,Sauna,Jacuzzi and Cold water plunge.
The property also has some amazing restaurants on them including “The Oak” which was good and “Olivella” was my favorite. “Joes Pub” is also great for a casual lunch or dinner.
There are a few pools an adult pool and a children’s pool. There were plenty of children on the property while I was there. Definitely kid friendly and pet friendly.
The property also boasts an impressive Golf course they hosted multiple Senior PGA tournaments in the 80’ & 90’s at the INN So it must be good. Their newly built FarmHouse which has some cool cooking classes and cool events just opened this weekend.
I will have to come back for that.
I must applaud the Crown Family who Purchased the property back in 1985. This is what you call a Trophy Property. They continue to expand and renovate the property.
The staff is extremely polite and on top of their game for the most part. However I did have a couple of isolated service issues.
While having a drink in the Wallace Neff Bar it was nearly impossible to get the check when the time came. Then at dinner at Olivella when we were sat there was a draft at the table because it was near the windows. So we asked our hostess to be moved and she did. Then we saw another table that was two tables away and asked to be sat there when our waiter came over. The Waiter said he needed to ask the hostess if the table was reserved or not. She looked over at us and then told him the table was Reserved. So the waiter apologetically said he was sorry and it wasn’t available. Then not even two minutes later another table gets sat at the first table we were sat at and they apparently didn’t like that table either. Next thing you know they are sitting at the table we asked for that was supposedly reserved. Amateur move on hostess part. I then explained to the waiter on why someone would be unhappy. He apologized several times on the Hotels and restaurants behalf. He did go out of his way to make the evening a lot more pleasant. So thank you Joel. You went above and beyond.
That’s the worst part of the trip but nonetheless I’m sure management can address that and make a necessary adjustment. All in all the staff here at the property has been nothing but exceptional but I also needed to vent about the service issues.
I will be back for sure and I might even host some summits up here and introduce it to some family and friends as well as business colleagues.
I can’t believe after living in Southern California for over 20+ years that it’s taken me this long to find Paradise.
Thanks to my wonderful fiancé for a wonderful bday weekend.
Everyone deserves to enjoy a slice of Paradise.
When they asked Michelangelo how he makes his sculptures. He responds.
“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”
I believe Paradise was always here. They just Chiseled away and paved access to it!
Excuse my typos and grammar as I type this review from the INDIGO POOL on my iphone !
Hate to leave today. But we will be back!
If you live in the Los Angeles area you owe yourself a trip to Ojai Valley Inn.
You will feel rejuvenated and so relaxed.
Great facilities, food, and environment.
From golf to the spa you will not be sorry.
This was our second visit to this beautiful resort and once again, it was a wonderful and relaxing stay. Rooms are top notch; food is amazing and spa is exquisite. A real get away set amidst beautiful mountains and only 90 minutes from Los Angeles.