Whether your idea of a day well spent in Ojai involves hiking in the Topatopa Mountains, seeing art at the Porch Gallery, or enjoying a glass of wine at the Vineyard Tasting Room, our selection of hotels are perfect for exploring the Californian city, ranging from boutique inns to stylish caravans.
With its verdant wooded hillsides and breathtaking vistas, it’s no wonder that the Ojai Valley has long been a magnet for artists, lovers of the great outdoors, and those of a spiritual inclination.
An attractive complex of Mission-style buildings in the foothills of the Topatopa Mountains, Ojai Valley Inn’s rooms and suites have the feel of a luxurious Spanish hacienda. Marble bathrooms have dual vanities and arabesque showers, while the exclusive Paseo Suites feature terracotta patios and are set in a rose garden courtyard. Tennis, golf and an outdoor pool are among the recreational options, alongside a spa offering wellness treatments for both body and mind.
With handmade wooden furnishings that blend Polynesian styles with the California Craftsman aesthetic, Casa Ojai Inn’s rooms have an earthy look and modern eco-principles, with sink aerators and water-saving shower heads. The art galleries and new-age stores of Ojai Village are all around you, and as a guest you’ll enjoy access to the revitalizing treatments of the Ojai Day Spa.
Promising the perfect blend of style, comfort and adventure, Caravan Outpost offers luxe accommodation in renovated Airstream trailers and their space-age exteriors. Within, you’ll be amazed at the use of space: there’s a queen bed at one end, a full kitchen and bathroom, and there’s still space for an extra couch that can flip into a pull-out bed. Wooden tiny houses are another accommodation option, while s’mores round the firepit is a great activity for meeting your fellow guests.
Something of an Ojai institution, this proclaimed ‘bohemian boutique’ combines Spanish architecture with farmhouse-style rooms, some with lovely touches like wooden ceiling beams and large stone fireplaces. The inn sits directly opposite the Ojai Valley Trail, which winds for nine miles (14km) along an old railroad through the mountains and pine trees of Los Padres National Forest. After a day out on the trail, relax by the inn’s charming art nouveau swimming pool.
Evoking an atmosphere of sepia-tinted Californian glamor, The Capri dates back to 1963 and retains much of its mid-20th-century charm. Rooms overlook the Topatopa Mountains, while the Patio Rooms give you your own little slice of the garden, which is dotted with date palms and centered on an outdoor pool. Be sure to check out the Ojai Valley Museum, just down the road, for an insight into the rich history of this appealing little city.
Overlooking an enchanting tree-shaded garden and the Ojai Valley beyond, this sanctuary sits on a wooded hilltop and feels miles from anywhere, though the wineries, stores and restaurants of Ojai are within walking distance. It’s hard to imagine a better way to start the day than a breakfast of locally produced cheese, fruit and bread on the patio overlooking the mountains – the perfect fuel for a day’s hiking in the Ojai Meadows Preserve.
The quaint, traditional decor of this classic motel-style inn makes a welcoming home from which to explore the natural beauty of the Ojai Valley. Hike or bike along the picturesque trails that surround Lake Casitas (or take a boat onto the water itself), before seeing out the afternoon at the Old Creek Ranch & Winery, where tasting sessions are on hand to let you enjoy some of the region’s finest wine.
Like its sister property, the Blue Iguana, this inn is overflowing with art nouveau character courtesy of the owner, artist and architect Marc Whitman. Rooms are named for the critters that live in the Ojai Valley – choose the Gecko or Raven cottage for the privacy of your own courtyard and garden. Oak, pepper and sycamore trees shade the pleasant outdoor pool, while the mosaic iguana fountain is the inn’s most eye-catching feature.