Welcome to Ojai, California! Considered to be one of the most magical places in the state for many travelers, local artists, and musicians, as soon as you arrive you will see that there is something special about this city!
Thanks to its beautiful valleys, mountains, and forests, Ojai offers so many nice outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and cycling. It is also believed that Ojai, California has vortex energy which means it attracts many spiritual people looking for a retreat. So whether you want to simply enjoy your time here relaxing in nature or go on action-packed adventures, Ojai appeals to all kinds of travelers!
The Ojai Valley is pretty special as it is one of a handful of valleys that run east-west. This means the area is bathed in sunlight for much of the day and the pink sunsets that light up the mountains here are incredible!
In this blog post, I will talk about the best places to stay in Ojai for all budgets. While Ojai is a popular destination that is visited by travelers all year round, there are limited accommodation options here. That’s why you have to be quick to catch a spot in the best hotels I will talk about shortly. This will also will help you to get better deals on hotels and who doesn’t love that!
Let’s go start our journey to Ojai!
If you are in a hurry
Here are the best places to stay in Ojai with hotels from luxury to budget plus Airbnbs. They all have great guest reviews and great locations!
Under the Oak Permit
An Airbnb with amazing reviews
Ojai Retreat & Inn
Best affordable accommodation in the center
Here’s a map that will help you visualize all the hotels in Ojai that I will be talking about in this post:
The Best Hotels in Ojai from Luxury to Budget
Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel, a spiritual place, or a hotel close to the great outdoors, I’ve got you covered! I did my research and found the best accommodation options to stay in Ojai for all budgets. I’ve listed them here in price order from most to least expensive but now it’s your turn since there are so few hotels in Ojai, you have to be quick and make a reservation in advance if you don’t wanna miss them!
While you’re in the booking mode, I highly recommend you continue your trip around California after your holiday in Ojai and check out Santa Barbara and Los Angeles for the ultimate Californian experience!
Now, let’s have a look at the best hotels to stay in Ojai, California.
Luxury hotels in Ojai (US$250 and up)
Ojai Valley Inn – Ojai Valley Inn is the best luxury hotel in Ojai that will fulfill all your needs. Centrally located in the downtown area, Ojai Valley Inn features 4 swimming pools, a fully-equipped fitness center, an on-site bar, and a fabulous breakfast. I love the luxury spa that has Spanish architecture and offers so many good treatments. The spacious hotel rooms and suites have free wifi, modern amenities, and a private balcony with an amazing view.
Su Nido Inn – Located in central Ojai, this hotel has beautifully decorated rooms and suites with a fully equipped private kitchen, fireplace, a terrace, and free wifi. You can easily access downtown attractions and go to the nearby golf courses. After a tiring day, you can relax on your terrace watching the amazing scenery or enjoy a glass of wine by your fireplace. This is definitely one of the best places to explore the great outdoors of Ojai!
The Capri Hotel – This hotel has a very central location in Downtown Ojai and offers an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a sun terrace, great breakfast, free parking, and spacious rooms and suites. There is an amazing garden area where you can have dinner and you will love the hotel’s lounge with a fireplace. If you are into golf, famous golf courses are just a short drive and restaurants are within walking distance.
Mid-range hotels (US$200 – US$250)
Caravan Outpost – Located in Downtown Ojai, Caravan Outpost offers unique accommodation in a caravan. You will have all the amenities you need inside the caravan such as free wifi, a private toilet, kitchen equipment and there is a nice garden area where you chill on the hammocks. You can rent a bicycle from the property to explore Ojai and easily access town restaurants.
The Emerald Iguana Inn – The Emerald Iguana Inn has a great location in Downtown Ojai and offers beautifully decorated rooms and suites with a kitchen, free wifi, and a private terrace. You can go to the mountains for hiking and enjoy nature in the hotel’s beautiful garden. I love the fireplace and bathtub in the hotel room which are perfect for relaxing, I am sure you will have a great time here!
Ojai Rancho Inn – Ojai Rancho Inn is located at the heart of the city center and features an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site bar, free wifi, and a room with a private patio. Guests can rent a bike from the hotel and go hiking in the mountains. In your room, you will have upscale amenities such as a jacuzzi, flat-screen TV, and a king-size bed plus the downtown restaurants and shops are just within walking distance.
Casa Ojai Inn – Casa Ojai Inn is a good value for money with its price of $200 per night and great location in the city center. The hotel rooms have a king-size bed, free wifi, and a coffee machine. There is an outdoor swimming pool, a nice sun terrace overlooking the mountains, and free parking. This pet-friendly hotel also allows guests to bring their fur friends and you can easily access the downtown shops and restaurants.
Budget hotels in Ojai (up to US$200)
Ojai Retreat & Inn – Ojai Retreat is just a 5-minute drive to the city center and offers spacious rooms with a private patio overlooking the mountains. There is a very beautiful garden area where you can watch spectacular views and free parking is also available. The average price per night is $170 which makes it one of the best options in Ojai for budget travelers.
Lavender Inn and Spa – This hotel has an excellent location in Downtown Ojai and features comfortable rooms with a king-size bed, a fabulous spa, and free wifi. Guests can join retreats organized by the hotel and hiking trails are just a short drive. In the morning you can enjoy a good breakfast and pamper yourself with a good massage at the hotel’s spa.
Blue Iguana Inn – The blue iguana inn is a pet-friendly hotel that offers a swimming pool, an outdoor jacuzzi, free parking, a fireplace, and a beautiful garden. Impeccably designed hotel rooms have a nice view and a king-size bed. Guests can go hiking to Los Padres National Forest and easily access town restaurants as Downtown Ojai is just a 5-minute drive!
BONUS: The Best Airbnbs in Ojai
For those looking to find home comforts during your visit to Ojai, I have found the best Airbnbs that have great locations and facilities just for you. I’ve added them here in descending price order so you can choose the best one for your budget. So, let’s go!
- Under the Oak Permit – This Airbnb has a large outdoor pool, beautifully decorated rooms with high ceilings, a fully furnished kitchen, free wifi, and a charming sun terrace. You can have dinner on your patio while watching the amazing views. The town center is a short drive and you can easily access hiking trails. For those who want to stay in a glamorous place in Ojai, I highly recommend this property!
Mid Range (US$200 – US$300)
- Sweet One Downtown Ojai – If you want to stay in the town center but still be able to enjoy beautiful nature, this Airbnb is just for you. This Airbnb offers a beautifully decorated room with modern amenities, kitchen equipment, a large terrace, and free wifi. You can use the bikes in the house for free and enjoy your hammock on your private terrace.
- Red House with View – This Airbnb has an amazing garden with sunbeds, a fully furnished kitchen, and a charming room with modern amenities. You can have dinner in your beautiful garden area while watching the amazing scenery and easily access the restaurants in Ojai Village. You will also love the living rooms that have a romantic decoration and a fireplace!
Budget (up to US$200)
- Ojai Restored Retro Trailer – For those looking for a unique place to stay, this Airbnb offers accommodation in a cute caravan. In the caravan room, you will have all you need from a comfortable bed to a private toilet and kitchen equipment and there is a nice garden area where you can chill on a hammock. You can enjoy having breakfast under the Oak trees and downtown Ojai is just a 5-minute drive.
Frequently asked questions about Ojai, California
🤔 Is Ojai, California worth visiting?
Ojai California is definitely worth visiting with its beautiful nature, scenic hiking trails, and relaxing atmosphere. Some of the best places to stay in Ojai are Ojai Valley Inn and The Capri Hotel.
❓ Is Ojai, California a vortex?
It is believed that Ojai, California has vortex energy. That’s why there are many retreats and workshops taking place in Ojai.
🛎️ What are the best places to stay in downtown Ojai?
Ojai Valley Inn and Su Nido Inn are the best places to stay in downtown Ojai that have an excellent location and great facilities such as spacious rooms, a swimming pool, and a nice garden.
❔ Are the oaks of Ojai, California open?
Due to the Thomas fire in 2017, Oaks At Ojai s closed permanently.
📷 What should I not miss in Ojai, California?
Here are some of the main landmarks you should not miss in Ojai, California:
● The Ojai Meadows Preserve
● The Ojai Valley Trail
● The natural beauty, Los Padres National Forest
● Lake Casitas
● The Ojai Valley Museum
● Ventura River Preserve
● Majestic Oak Vineyard
● Soule Park County Park
🤩 What celebrities live in Ojai?
Britney Spears, Hailee Steinfeld, Heather Locklear, Tom Selleck, and Anthony Hopkins are some of the celebrities who have houses in Ojai.
It is time for me to say goodbye dear travelers. I hope you enjoyed discovering the best places to stay in Ojai and have already found your dream hotel. I have no doubt that you will have a great time here, so make the most of your holiday (and don’t forget to visit the stunning Lake Casitas)!
A final reminder. If you don’t want to lose your favorite hotel and want to get the best price on accommodations (who doesn’t?) don’t forget to make your hotel reservation now!
Still can’t decide where to stay in Ojai? Let me give you my 2 absolute favorite hotels that have fabulous locations and amazing reviews!
- Ojai Valley Inn – The best luxury hotel in Ojai that offers luxurious rooms and suites with a view and a swimming pool
- Ojai Rancho Inn – A great place to stay in Downtown Ojai with comfortable rooms and an outdoor pool
Do not forget to take your hiking boots and camera. If you have any other suggestions or questions about Ojai and California, just leave a comment below. I will be more than happy to reply!
Enjoy your time in Ojai,