About Us – Emerald Iguana Inn

The Emerald Iguana Inn is considered a local treasure and is one of Southern California’s best kept secrets. Perfect for restful or romantic visits or extended getaways, the Emerald Iguana is a hotel that offers a variety of accommodations, ranging from single rooms and suites, to private cottages with spacious living rooms and full kitchens. Many have wood-burning stove fireplaces, whirlpool or claw-foot bathtubs and private patios or balconies. The lush gardens, extensive stone and tile work, and the myriad of architectural and artistic details throughout, create a magical ambiance of luxury that inspires visitors to return again and again.

The Emerald Iguana Inn and Hotel was designed and furnished by life-long Ojai residents, Julia and Marc Whitman. Marc, an award winning architect used Ojai's natural beauty as an inspirational backdrop for the lovely Craftsman/Art Nouveau-Style architecture, creating an enchanting atmosphere that inspires the imagination while relaxing the mind and spirit. The lush gardens, crystalline pool and spa, along with the famous "Emerald Iguana" broken-tile mosaic fountain, invite guests into this enchanting and peaceful oasis. To enhancing the unique sculptural style he is renowned for, Whitman incorporated the talents of local stone masons, wood and tile workers, and copper artisans to add the enchanting details that make the Emerald Iguana Inn so special.

The same detailed care was taken with the each of the interiors.  Julia Whitman personally traveled the world to select the one-of-a-kind handmade furniture pieces that accent every room.  She added overstuffed furnishings and plush, exotic rugs to create the Inn’s unique, luxurious, yet comfortable décor.  Original artworks by Ojai’s most renowned artists ornament the walls.

Nestled in an idyllic Southern California valley, Ojai offers fine dining and artistic adventure in the many local art galleries, landmark Arcade boutiques and Spiritual Retreat centers.  Wine tasting, golf, guided hiking and biking, fishing, yoga, and culinary and art classes are among the many activities available to fill your day.  Although tucked away in secluded, romantic setting, The Emerald Iguana is located only a few short minutes walk from lovely downtown Ojai and a half hours drive from California State beaches

In your suite, enjoy the many in-house amenities the Emerald Iguana has to offer.  Relax with an in-room massage or facial, or access the web with our free wireless internet.    A lovely, European-style Continental Breakfast is served poolside each morning.

In-Room Amenities Include:

  • Plush Bathrobes
  • Hairdryers
  • Coffee Pots
  • Deluxe “Memory Foam” Mattress covers.
  • Refrigerators (most rooms)
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
  • Spacious Living Rooms & Full-Kitchens (Suites & Cottages)
  • Original artwork by renowned Ojai artists.
  • Large Flat Screen TV’s (many rooms)
  • Direct Telephone line w/ Complimentary local Calls.
  • Candle Holders w/ Romantic Tea Lights
  • Newspaper Poolside



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