The Blue Iguana:
This property is very appropriate for the area, it’s bathed in warmth and light, and boasts a nice South Western feel.My room was very private, with its own gate, once inside, you really could be anywhere in the world. Peaceful and appointed with great amenities, the only thing urgent here is relaxation. Outside of the gate are very fun little niches, with some amazing mosaic art, and fine brass sculptures. My favorites were the Iguana’s by the entrance to the hot tub, kind of scary but fun.
The property was designed and built by Marc Whitman of Whitman Design Build (www.whitman-architect.com). Marc and Julia are the proprietors of The Emerald Iguana properties. With its reminiscent style of historic Mexico, the property has the feel of a quaint Mexican village. It features many courtyards, balconies, patios and garden areas. The initial property was opened about 15 years ago but has had many additions and upgrades since that time and has all the necessary features to make this hotel well worth the trip.
The accommodations are so special. The Blue Iguana offers all-inclusive Romantic Getaway Packages, as well as, exceptional Corporate and Extended-Stay rates. Dogs are allowed upon approval. They do a lovely simple breakfast everyday for hotel guests. Complimentary Wireless DSL Internet Access in every room, and some suites have fully-equipped kitchens. There is hand-chosen furniture and accessories as well as original artworks from some of Ojai’s most renowned artists.
Their sister property Emerald Iguana Inn of Ojai is closer into town. Owner Julia Whitman has promised me another stay there in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that review. I highly recommend this hotel, it really has everything you would desire, with all of its very thoughtful and sweet touches. The Blue Iguana Inn is two minutes to the Ojai village and 12 minutes to the Pacific Ocean. The Blue setting is the ideal answer for everyone who seeks affordable richness with an artful flair.
Blue Iguana Inn of Ojai
11794 N. Ventura Ave.
Ojai, CA. 93023