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“WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE...HOME AWAY FROM HOME. ONLY BETTER”
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The Lavender Inn
Ranked #4 of 9 Ojai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 October 2009

My mother and I came back to the Lavender Inn. We simply LOVE staying here. When we walked into the welcome office, The Innkeeper gave us each a warm hug and said "welcome home". What more can I say? The wine and cheese and figs and baquette were a perfect end to a warm and friendly day. The Frittata served the next morning was absolutely divine. AND...I just read that the owner, Kathy Hartley, was just named "Philanthropist of the year". That does not surprise me. We met her at the Inn and she is as charming and down to earth as the environment she created. Next time you are anywhere near Ojai...go in and check out this amazing historical landmark...and remember...bring your mom. She deserves to be treated like a queen.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 September 2009

I can't tell you how wonderful the Lavender Inn is. For starters, the Inn is absolutely picturesque with incredible attention to detail. The history of the building and the subsequent owners is a story in and of itself. The landscaping is gorgeous and you can easily spend your time listening to the water fountains or sipping coffee or wine and pondering why can't life be this good all the time. The food is great and the staff is more than skilled and competent. They're warm and very personable. They make it look so easy. Do I recommend the Lavender Inn? Yes and my wife and I can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank marbleharley
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Reviewed 18 September 2009

Overall, we recommend to anyone looking for a reasonably priced relaxing stay, especially if you want somewhere that accepts dogs.
Room was lovely, even if not perfect. Handle to closet door, lampshade, & dvd player were broken, but hopefully by now they are fixed.
Location was great. Across the street is a good health food store and nearby are many restaurants, wine tasting, and shopping, as well as hiking and other outdoor activities. They are steps away from lovely Sunday morning farmer’s market.
Food was good – nice breakfast and afternoon wine/cheese/appetizers.
We stayed 3 nights: 2 out of 3 staff people were wonderful, very kind to us and our dogs, offered great suggestions for activities. One employee was cranky & stingy with food service.
Great back yard where we were able to dine with our dogs.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KeDLosAngeles_CA
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lavenderinn, Innkeeper at The Lavender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2009

We are very dog friendly and enjoy that guests can bring 'family members' here.
Occasionally some things get damaged with use. We thank all guests that bring such things to our attention. The items listed on this review have since been fixed.

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Reviewed 18 September 2009

Great destination. Rooms are very clean and comfortable and of amazing value. The staff are incredible and the food is fantastic! Nice big yard that is safe, beautiful and serene. A++++++++++ We will definately stay again. Thank-you Lavender Inn!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled on business
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1  Thank happygolucky85
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Reviewed 16 September 2009

When we entered the Lavender room's small bathroom, we were surprised and disgusted to find fecal matter in the toilet and the trash can half full. That was just the beginning of the adventure! Reaching up under the lamp shade of the floor lamp to turn it on, I was shocked to discover 2 of the 3 live outlets were missing bulbs - DANGEROUS but one way to save on electricity costs. The tiny room was cramped - no fan (no even in the bathroom) - no thermostat to turn on the air conditioning - and no screen on the back door, so when we tried to air the room bugs began flying in. Breakfast was certainly done on a budget with little that appealed - least of which was the under-cooked-egg-casserole. The health department will find out about this place!! Like I said - look no further - RUNAWAY.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank fab34me
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

The town of Ojai is a nice place to visit during the music festival, but rather quiet and dull any other time. Nevertheless I thought that staying at the Lavender Inn in Ojai would be a relaxing stop on a mixed business / pleasure trip. The Inn receives high ratings that are, after staying there, incomprehensible. One expects three basic things from a B&B or Inn:
1. A clean room, 2. Pleasant owners, 3. Good breakfast (sometimes not included with Inns). Lavender Inn disappoints on all three counts.
(1): Our room was cramped, dirty, and poorly equipped. In particular, the bathroom hadn't been cleaned since the previous guests. Light bulbs were missing from lamps. A ventilation louver was in the room, but air never came out of it and that made sleeping difficult.
(2): The owner never showed himself / herself, leaving duties to a cranky manager who demurred to the invisible owner when complaints were voiced.
(3): Coffee and unidentifiable egg-based slop are offered for breakfast. Fortunately, there is a nice whole foods market across the street where one can forage for food with some confidence that one will not depart with a gastric bug.
The only positive note is that if you're around at 6PM, wine and cheese is set out. For me, the minor mood enhancement provided by a glass of wine does not erase the feeling of having been had ... snookered, robbed, tricked ... by an Inn that seems to be coasting on a reputation that they (perhaps) had in the past. How else can they get away with charging their exorbitant prices?

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DrasticTraveler
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

We stayed for 2 nights with our 2 dogs - such a great place to bring your pups. We love having them romp in the yard with the other guests while we sit outside in the gardens and fountains, dining on gourmet breakfasts or the 5-6pm wine hour. It has everything you want, including peace and quiet - right next to the farmer's market on Sundays, and across from the city center. The owners/managers are great - Beth was so kind to us and our pups. This is our 3rd visit - every time gets better. It's becoming a great tradition that we will continue to do to keep us balanced, and our eyes full of the beautiful mountains. The guests are always delightful to visit with - everyone is basking in the peacefulness of this place. We originally wanted to meet Otto Heino, but learned he passed away in July. We ended up meeting his great friend, Larry Carnes, who also shared with us Sandy Wok of Earthsong. Bringing home lots of art. We had yet another great time at the Lavender Inn.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Artzgal
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Additional Information about The Lavender Inn

Address: 210 E Matilija St, Ojai, CA 93023-2722 (Formerly The Moon's Nest Inn)
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Region: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ojai
Price Range: £82 - £215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blending comfort with elegance, the Lavender Inn is conveniently located across from shops, galleries, and restaurants. Originally built in 1874, this Bed & Breakfast offers a romantic or outdoor adventure getaway, Girls Night Inn, or a quiet retreat. The gardens are absolutely stunning with mature oaks, 7 fountains, a waterfall into a petite pond, and colorful flowers for our guests to relax in or for a memorable setting for GARDEN WEDDINGS. The interior is tastefully decorated with an array of art and antiques but with a subtle contemporary twist. Both BREAKFASTS and HAPPY HOUR with appetizers, wine, and local craft beer on tap are served daily on the veranda. Put on one of our lush robes and wander out the front steps for a facial or massage in our LAVENDER INN SPA. We offer cooking classes in our kitchen, OJAI CULINARY SCHOOL. This is our 10th year of InnCourage, our CANCER WELLNESS RETREAT, free to underserved women undergoing treatment for cancer. ... more   less 
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