Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Travel Blogs from Ojai
... we have visited. The beach is next to Santa Barba beach and runs for miles and miles. Like before in the middle of the beach stretches a long pier and again the beach is a popular amoung surfer dudes. I love places like this, the weathers good, the people are chilled and the houses along the coast and hills are amazeballs. Today we stopped in a Ventura cafe for lunch and were greeted by a late 50's lady who had long grey pleats ...
... and out in the gardens. Not sure who all the statues were...not enough Catholic upbringing I guess.
We crossed the street (as per the directions from the lady in the mission gift shop) and went in search of the local museum. We came across a fire fighters museum...bunch of stuff in the window...but couldn't find an entry. We wandered into a small hotel and asked and one of the staff offered to take us to it. She led us through a maze of hallways and ended up at that same ...
... what is right and just and true.
Help them to share with others the life you promise, especially in service of the poor.
Open their minds and their hearts to the truth of the scriptures.
Nourish them with the bread and cup of the Eucharist;
and fill them with love for our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.
Lead our young pilgrims along ...
... place; is it the most beautiful? I think it’s hard to compare as the many other places I have been to so far have been striking in their own way. Yosemite certainly had natural beauty on a scale I have never seen before, as with most things in this country, the place is just huge.
Biggest Surprise: American colleges are on another level.
Biggest Disappointment: Big Sur being closed
Number of killer day ...
... was missing and didn't get a good nights rest!
We woke the next day still worrying about what had happened and feeling very stupid! We checked out and went and left a note by the door of the wine bar so they would find it when they opened up. The opening time was 1!
We went to have breakfast in a little cafe nearby so we could stake the place out. Martyn had a massive American breakfast and I had a pancake breakfast. It was really yummy, but I felt so sick ...
How has this spa rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
My husband and I attend a seminar twice a year in Ojai and need to stay overnight - or we wouldn't bother with this place until they get their act together. I arrived first and was escorted by a very nice bellman to a 'suite' that had two double (not queen) beds. I call the front because I specifically asked for a king and she said I had requested two doubles and they were completely sold out of rooms (both better and worse). I don't remember ever being THAT mad at my husband and felt sleeping in separate beds would put a damper on our love life. She eventually found us a great fireplace room with a king which was $200 a night less! So, the girl who initialy took my reservations did not tell me the significant increase in rates (400 to 600 is a LOT for a place to put your head), and that the suite was only a suite because it needed to be large enough for the second double bed - She also called me Linda, which is not my name. The food was AWFUL. There is no chef and the food is 'corporate" prepared by cooks. Go to Suzannes if you want taste. We will continue to spend our hard earned dollars there because there is no alternative, but I cannot believe that someone would go there as a destination. Bitter..Bitter.
I just spent the weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa--happily or otherwise I was attending a business meeting and not spending my own money. I wasn't planning on writing a review, but after seeing the mixed bag of what has already been written, I thought I should report that even the base rate room was large, clean, attractively furnished, etc. Personally I don't like beds with heavy comforters, but its a matter of taste.
We just got back from a remarkable week at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa! I read the reviews just before I left and didn't have high hopes before I got there. We were so pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful facility. We stayed in a suite near the spa and it was beautiful. The rooms in the remodeled buildings are not as spacious as the brand new suites but still are nice. The place is very spread out so you'll either be walking or catching rides on carts during your stay. The spa is wonderful, relaxing and peaceful. They just opened the large pool so kids are once again welcome to swim. The kids club is supposed to be awesome, our kids were too little to participate. The town was very cute and had really nice people, shops and good food. We'll definitely plan to return. If you like Thai food, don't miss Sri Thai on Ventura Ave. in Oakview. We went on our last night and it was such a treat!
Ojai Valley Inn Splendor in the Grass
The scenery at this resort is breathtaking and we enjoyed one of the magnificent new rooms with a fireplace. Highlights include the golf course and spa and dinner on the patio under 200 year old oak trees.
My husband and I recently spent a very lovely weekend in Ojai, California at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Not only were the new rooms beautiful, but the entire hotel seemed to resonate sophistication. My huband golfed and I spent the day at the spa. I would reccomend the new restaurant. The food was divine and the service was perfect. I fell in love with thier "Iroquois Polenta." My husband was very impressed with the wine list. We both highly reccomend the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and will continue to return for years to come.
We stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn earlier this year and were dismayed at the experience we had. We loved the hotel for many years, and have seen it slip in the last few years. The final straw came on our last trip. We stayed mid-week when the hotel was only half filled. I tried to make a spa appointment, no luck, wanted to go horseback riding, they were closed for the day (at 2:30?), and then thought I could go bike riding, they were locked up for the day! Our dinner that night in the restaurant was average. We agreed that the service has slipped tremendously, and brought this to managment's attention, we were dismissed by this rude person. We were staying in a $500 room. We have decided that if we really want to play golf in Ojai, we will reserve a tee time and stay at the San Ysidro Ranch or the Biltmore in Santa Barbara.
Bad Bed. Good Food.
Stayed here for a few days during our honeymoon. Great food. Great weather. Good spa facilities. Lousy bed. Lousy service. You would think that a suite this expensive would have a decent bed but the sofa might have been more comfortable. Management offered to place an egg crate foam pad over the depression in our ancient mattress. I asked for another room but they would not accomadate even though the place was not nearly full. A few weeks later they sent a 10% off coupon- No thanks. Even for less tahn $500 I still expect a nice bed. Imagine that.
The spa is fabulous and the treatments are wonderful. The guest rooms are awful! They feel like a mid level hotel chain. We even booked a suite 3 out of our 5 stays and it wasn't much better. Also, they allow dogs for a fee, which is great except they make you feel like a second class citizen for bringing the pooches along. The last time I stayed there my husband and I checked in and left an hour later. I requested a bright, quiet room near the spa that was on the top floor. We had problems with people stomping around above us every time we were guests. So, we were given a room on the bottom floor in a building that was being remodelled. When I called to switch rooms the room manager got on the line and read to me each and every complaint I had ever had in the many years we had been staying there. They had a history on us and he informed me that we were flagged as "problem guests". OK, so I complained about noisy guests and fireplces that didn't work and our alarm clock that went off at 5am because the housekeeper didn't check it from the previous guest. But- the manager was so condescending and arrogant about it. You'd think that staying at a place 5 times in less than 2 years would mean something to a hotel.
I am a return guest (6 times) at the Ojai Valley Inn, but I will not go back until after they have completed their current multi-million dollar renovation. They are trying to uphold their usual level of service, but they are falling short. I was not informed that they are not operating their kids' club, although my children were registered in it when I made my reservation. I only found out when I called to confirm everything the evening before I was scheduled to arrive! It was impossible to reschedule spa services, etc. and little help was offered unless I asked specifically for it. My room was nice enough, but the bathroom vanity was broken and the surface peeling off (very surprising and unsightly). My daughter banged her head on a dangerously positioned sculture by the spa pool (the only one being used during the renovation). Even security said it shouldn't be there and would have it moved the next day. Even at a reduced renovation rate, it's not worth the hassle. It was fairly obvious that the hotel staff were overwhelmed and I heard several other guests voicing concerns. The Inn and Spa are absolutely gorgeous and I will certainly return, but not until after September 2004.