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“Ideal Relaxation” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ojai Retreat
Ranked #3 of 9 Ojai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Ideal Relaxation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

Minutes away from L.A., the stresses of city life evaporate once you are here. This retreat is very quiet and peaceful. No telephones, no TV, no radios, no traffic. It is very secluded, and only a 10 minute drive to downtown Ojai. Staff is very friendly. Rooms offer amazing views of the Ojai Valley. We stayed in the Bodhi Tree Room - very comfortable, with huge picture windows. Bodhi Tree Room also has an outside deck.

There are plenty of communal areas to relax here. It is quite small, (only 10 rooms). There are no pets, no kids, no smoking, no alcohol, no cooking, etc. A perfect place to unwind.

I highly recommend it. WIFI and Writing Desks ----- all you writers, come here to write and / or edit your book or screen play.

Room Tip: The breakfast is also very good.... Orange groves on the property and guests are encouraged to &quo...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

It was our first visit to Ojai and I think we really lucked out finding the Ojai Retreat. Tucked away from the main street it has beautiful views all around and an atmosphere of total serenity. The guests seemed to really respect the fact that it was meant to be a quiet retreat and we barely heard a peep from anyone.
We particularly enjoyed the library, and having breakfast on the outdoor patio area. The room was comfortable and had a private entrance through a gated patio which made it feel a bit more special. We would definitely go back to this lovely hide-away!

Room Tip: They have a great website that gives you in-depth details and photos of each room and a layout of th...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Monica
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69 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

This is the place to stay if you want your own, private bungalow/cottage. It's perched upon a hill about 1 mile outside town. It's super quiet, clean and private. Each cottage has its own unique charm. We stayed in the Balcony room which is one of the best rooms at the Retreat. It's set back a little from the other cottages and has a private balcony that overlooks the mountains. The rooms are very spacious and ours came with a microwave and mini-fridge. They serve a healthy complimentary breakfast in the morning -- homemade granola, fresh fruit, organic yogurt, homemade pastries, artisan breads/cheeses, oatmeal, eggs and potatoes. When we were first planning our trip, we looked at the very over-priced Ojai Inn & Spa. Thankfully, my boyfriend found the very reasonable Ojai Retreat. I could not imagine being around people at the Inn & Spa. The Ojai Retreat is the perfect place to stay if you really want the true Ojai experience of tranquility and beauty.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Albany, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

I had a great tine at Ojai retreat. The staff was wonderful, great location and excellent healthy breakfast. The room was comfortable without any distraction, ie TV. I'll definitely stay at Ojai retreat again.

Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Soquel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

Oh such a lovely spot! The Retreat is set on a hill above the Ojai valley, about five minutes from the center of town (once you know where you are going!). Our room was one of the least expensive and it was spacious, gracious and clean. The place is well titled as a "retreat". No TV, no radios. Breakfast was delicious with many choices. We were there for the story telling festival in town and had a great time. But when we left the crowds - it was a delight to have such a peaceful place to come "home" to.

Room Tip: The web site has accurate pictures. Check it out.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

My husband and I just returned from our second stay at the Ojai Retreat. If you are looking for a true retreat, you can find nothing better on the planet. Each room is different and all lovely. We stayed in the balcony room the first time. While there are not panoramic views from inside the room (which is very nice), the long, private balcony that feels like a tree house has a spectacular view. This time we stayed in the Garden Room which does have an amazing view from inside the room. We also used the air conditioning this time and it works very well and is quiet. Most rooms have a full kitchen which makes it so you don't have to leave if you don't want to break the spell of relaxation. There are panoramic views all around the property, lots of wildlife--birds (all kinds--quail, hawks, squirrels, chipmunks). I took a yoga class in front of the waterfall that was pure bliss. For those folks that were disappointed in the lack of a TV, this is not the place for you. (Though there is wifi and you could stream movies if you got desperate. You could also go into town every day--it's five minutes away, but why?) We very much enjoyed the breakfast and we were made to feel most welcome. Our neighbor in the room next door commented that she had been to Tuscany and other places in Europe but that you would not find anyplace more beautiful. I couldn't agree more.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Walpole, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

The Ojai Retreat is perfect for a relaxing get-away. The rooms (and about half are in private "cottages" are well appointed and most have an outdoor space - patio or balcony and en-suite bath. There is no TV or radio, and no free newspaper. It is a real get-away, but there is WiFi provided free of charge so if you MUST have news you can find it. The breakfasts are great European style with organic everything which is pretty typical Ojai. Fruit, yogurt, breads, spreads, cheeses, vegetables, coffee and tea, granola and cereals, etc. We looked forward to the best way to break one's fast! We chose the Balcony Room and sat out enjoying the view and some wine. They provided wine glasses and an opener. How California!

Room Tip: Opt for a room with private outdoor space. There is so much serenity it is the greatest asset.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ojai Retreat
Address: 160 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
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Region: United States > California > Ojai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ojai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Ojai Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ojai Retreat is a 5-acre haven of beauty with exquisite views, lush gardens and tranquility. There are 12 completely renovated bedrooms most with private garden or patio, all with views. A delicious European-style breakfast is included. There is a spacious living/meeting room and Quiet room with small library. Free wireless internet in all rooms and throughout the property. TV-and telephone-free rooms to preserve tranquility. Yoga classes and massages are available. ... more   less 
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