The Ojai Retreat

160 Besant Road , Ojai, CA 93023 USA (Show map)


The Ojai Retreat is a haven of beauty and tranquility nestled on a five-acre hilltop. The Ojai Retreat offers a main house and cottages with twelve completely renovated guest rooms; a delicious healthy Breakfast is offered seven days a week. Free wireless internet in the Main House and in all Cottages. All rooms are TV-free and telephone-free. Most rooms have a refrigerator and microwave. All rooms have spectacular views.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.0

lovely and relaxing

5 on August 14, 2014

What a wonderful place to relax and recuperate. Being greeted by a lovely Lady started our stay off rite... Beautiful scenery, spotless rooms, a private patio, it surely is a place to revisit. Breakfast is amazing; you can eat outside or in a room with a panoramic view. Our stay was heavenly and we recommend it highly. K and Ch

Peaceful with Beautiful Views

3.8 on July 14, 2012

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Balcony Room. The room is small, but it was very clean and nicely air conditioned. We were especially impressed by the furniture and fixtures--all high quality wood and granite, nothing plastic or flimsy. The view from the balcony is wonderful, although the outdoor furniture does not match the indoor furniture in quality. The management rightly stresses the fact that guests should keep the noise level down in this retreat setting. The housekeeping crew does not seem to be held to the same standard, talking to each other very loudly as they clean. Our only real disappointment was the breakfast. It is described as a healthy breakfast; unfortunately, many of the selections of bread and yogurt had little flavor. Guests can toast bread and bagels, but there are no other hot items. We have paid comparable rates at several other B&Bs that provided a hot casserole, eggs made to order (the only eggs here were hard boiled), pancakes, or the like. The breakfast could still be healthy--why not include something like whole wheat pancakes and bagels that are fresh, not thawed from the freezer? Still, the overall experience at the Ojai Retreat was lovely, and we would happily return.

Great Place for a weekend away

4.0 on April 23, 2012

Lovely place, a great value! Nice location, great breakfast and amazing setting. Close to excellent restaurants!

Lovely, Peaceful Place to Stay!

4.0 on February 06, 2012

Lovely, peaceful, relaxing... A great place to rest and rejuvenate. My husband and I made a last-minute decision to get out of town, and we're so glad we chose to stay at The Ojai Retreat. There are no televisions, phones, pets or young children, just nature and quiet. We stayed in their largest room which is separate from the other rooms, the Ojai Suite, which is actually two rooms - a bedroom and a livingroom with a mini-kitchen with fridge and microwave. There is also a full bathroom with tub & shower. It has an incredible view from the bedroom and from its own large patio. It's private and so peaceful. There is also a nearby main house with a great room with comfy seating and lots of spiritual (not religious) reading material and beautiful views of the property. This is where they serve a morning buffet of fresh fruit, pastries, eggs and coffee. There is a lovely fountain and several great walking trails on the property with perfectly placed benches to rest and meditate. This place is all about rejuvenating, and the staff is friendly and supportive of your goals to find peace. Although the rooms are a bit pricey, there is no 10% tax because this is a non-profit, and that saves you money over a traditional hotel. We booked our room the day we were arriving so we also got a 20% discount. That saved us money to use for food at several restaurants, such as The Ranch House just down the road. It’s expensive but lovely with lush gardens and flowing fountains. And the food is fabulous! Also there is Suzanne's Cuisine in downtown Ojai. Expensive but the food was yummy! Both restaurants were worth the cost. For breakfast the Ojai Cafe Emporium on Montgomery Street is absolutely the best. It's worth the wait to get a table. We'll be better prepared the next time we're in Ojai so we can find the hiking and biking trails in the area. And we definitely look forward to staying at the Ojai Retreat again! Peace and quiet - just what we all need!

A refreshing retreat

4.0 on October 21, 2011

My sweetheart and I spent a lovely weekend at the Ojai Retreat. We were pleased and impressed by the staff's attentiveness to our request for having the room prepared in such a way to accommodate our special needs due to environmental allergies. We have learned that even the most luxurious hotels are unable to meet our needs. It was a quiet and peaceful stay and we left feeling entirely rejuvenated.

Peace and Beauty

5 on August 21, 2010

A wonderful place to restore and renew. The rooms are super clean, relaxing, and quiet. The grounds and views are just beautiful. I'll be back as soon as possible.

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Rooms & Rates

Queen Bedroom Bella Vista

Queen Bedroom, Bella Vista: beautifully appointed queen size bedroom with full bath, sitting area, loveseat, microwave and small fridge. Wifi. Breakfast included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Mountains, Village, Wine country


Los Angeles, CA (LAX) 60 miles

Directions to property:

Exit Hwy 101 to Hwy 33 at Ventura. Just before downtown Ojai, go left on Hwy 33 (Maricopa Hwy) at the Vons shopping center traffic light. Go left at the next stop sign (El Roblar); left at the next stop sign (S. Lomita); and left at Besant Rd., just before the Ranch House Restaurant. The Ojai Retreat is at the end of Besant Rd. at the top of the hill.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Telephone, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Microwave, Private entrance, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some weekends and holidays may require a 2-night minimum
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: YOU MAY BOOK YOUR STAY ONLINE. Weekly and monthly bookings: 50% payment is made at booking and remaining 50% balance is due on arrival date.
  • Cancellations: Payments and cancellations: our regular cancellation period is 5 days. You will be charged 5 days ahead of your arrival. For instance, if you are scheduled to check-in on January 10th, your credit card will be charged on the 5th. There will not be any refunds given after 5 days. If you book within 5 days of your arrival, you will be charged at the time of booking and there cannot be any cancellation/refund afterwards. If you book 4 rooms or more, the cancellation period is 10 days. For stays of 1 week or longer, a 50% non-refundable deposit is charged at booking and the remaining balance 5 days prior to arrival. Cancellations must be made directly by calling and speaking to an office manager or by e-mail with a confirmed response from the Retreat office. Every reservation and every cancellation will be confirmed by e-mail.Damages: any damages incurred by you will be charged to your credit card.
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Ulrich Brugger

Languages spoken

English, French, German

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Healthy Breakfast Buffet

  • Time Served: 8-10 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

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