What We Love
- Location: Glen Ellen’s main artery is just down the hill from the hotel, and Sonoma’s best boutique wineries are all within a 15-minute drive on Route 12
- Executive chef Khambay Porterkhamsy’s free two-course gourmet breakfast
- Lazing on the lounger-lined patio with a glass of vino from the hotel’s evening wine hour
What To Know
- Guestroom walls can be a bit thin; for more privacy, consider one of the detached Garden Cottages
- Some of the rooms have mini-fridges for chilling the bottles you buy during your wine tastings
- Ask for a flashlight at the front desk; walkways throughout the hillside property can be steep and hard to navigate at night
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Modern rustic hideout. In 2011, married duo Sia and Ashish Patel converted this 19th-century hillside property into a quiet B&B-style hotel flanked by native olive and oak trees and the panoramic backdrop of Sonoma Valley. Modern design details such as mint-colored wainscoting, slate-trimmed fireplaces and blond hardwood floors underscore the hotel’s clean and simple style. The intimate guestrooms in the main house are connected by two breezy wraparound porches, and the two secluded Garden Cottages have their own private garden area just a towel’s toss from the Olea’s hot tub.
Bed & Bath
The light-filled rooms in the dual-level main house start at a modest 250 square feet, but they feature flat-screen TVs, small seating areas and queen and kingsize beds with soft suede headboards. Although walls in the main house are a bit thin, the detached Garden Cottages offer more privacy, as well as vaulted ceilings, stone-trimmed fireplaces and your own secret garden. In an effort to maintain the earthy aesthetic of the eco-focused property, the Olea stocks each room with grapefruit- and mint-infused EO bath amenities and plush linens that are changed only when you want. The petite bathrooms feel indulgent, with heated tile floors, terrycloth bathrobes and slippers. Cap your night with a glass of wine on the wraparound porch, or borrow a board game or DVD from the hotel’s selection.
There’s no doubt you’re in prime wine country with the Sonoma Valley views available from the WiFi-equipped patio. You won’t want to miss the free two-course gourmet breakfast that executive chef Khambay Porterkhamsy serves daily (with a changing menu that can include housemade honey granola, corn waffles topped with Wise Acre Farm–fresh eggs and sausage and bean chili). Be sure to return to the lobby for the free evening wine hour. Wine-induced sluggishness can easily be cured with one of the three basic massages at the one-room spa or with a dip in the hot tub.
In the Area
Literary roots run deep and wide beneath the sleepy oak-lined streets of Glen Ellen, a rural train stop town that author Jack London put on the map long before California’s wine country earned its international kudos. Explore the environs that inspired him with a stroll through Jack London State Historic Park, a five-minute drive away. Afterward, trail in with the locals for a hearty brunch at Fig Café. And save room for seasonal NoCal cuisine at Glen Ellen Star, where Ari Weiswasser, former French Laundry sous-chef, prepares almost everything in the wood-fired oven except the homemade ice cream. For the main attraction, follow scenic Route 12 past the fog-kissed vineyards for some of Sonoma’s best boutique wineries. The family-owned Arrowood specializes in reserve Cabernets, while nearby Wellington offers a highly sought-after red table wine. North of Kenwood, St. Francis Winery features noble old-vine Zinfandels and an award-winning tasting menu, and Chateau St. Jean’s Pinot Noir varieties give its higher-produced whites a run for their money.
How to Get There
Olea Hotel is charming and well-appointed. It is a perfect spot for a mini-getaway for those in the Bay Area or anyone who wants to visit this rich part of Sonoma county. The rooms are lovely and have more than one needs: radiant heat, awesome products, complementary snacks, state-of-the-art TVs with ability to plug in and so much more. The staff is beyond helpful and kind (family-run such a bonus). AND the breakfast. When they say gourmet breakfast is included they really mean better-than-restaurant-quality, multi-course, incredibly creative hot breakfast in a super setting (the dining room is comfortable and uplifting). The location is perfect and if anyone is planning an event and needs lodging for a group it would be an incredible spot to buyout as it also has the feel of compound where a group of friends or family can be close to one another, but still have their own space and visit in one of the many nestled outdoor areas where comfy furniture, a pool, fire pit and/or hot tub await. Truly a relaxing and refreshing gem. I cannot wait to plan my next stay.
We stayed here for 2 nights celebrating our anniversary and both the staff and the food were exceptional. The breakfasts were about the best we have had anywhere. When we needed recommendations for dinner or day trips, we were furnished with maps and suggested itinerary for the most wonderful finds off the beaten path. We will definitely stay again!
We stayed at the Olea on 2/14-2/15 and had a mountain view room. The room is lovely and well appointed with excellent amenities. It was a rainy visit, but with the fireplace (gas) and the small balcony, it felt like a retreat. The Olea is nicely situated minutes from restaurants and some great wineries. The hotel staff was wonderful and we enjoyed the breakfasts and the afternoon wine tasting. Kent Sorensen was a part of the staff and he is wonderful, he gave us some suggestions and just made the experience all the more enjoyable. We are looking forward to returning soon!
We stayed here with another couple on a birthday trip to wine country and it was the best. They made our dinner arrangements, reserved a driver for us for a day of wine tasting, and couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. You get the friendly service of a B&B with the privacy of a hotel. the property is pretty with great trees, a fire pit and pretty lounge area. The breakfast is crazy good! The rooms are fresh and new and beautifully decorated with heated floors in the bathroom and fireplaces in some rooms. It's worth it to get a big room with a private balcony and fire place. We just loved this place and we'll be back. Also, be sure to have dinner at the Glen Ellen Star down the street. Excellent food. Thank you Kathryn and Kent!
It was a beautiful drive to get to Olea Hotel, even on the windy back country roads. It seemed as if we had arrived at a secret location where no one would find us, the perfect place for a getaway! The hotel grounds are landscaped very tastefully, showcasing some of the beautiful old oak trees. The room was absolutely STUNNING! Lights and heater were on when we arrived, even the floor heaters in the bathroom! Complimentary snacks and filtered water were a nice touch and very welcome after our long drive. The decor and style of the room was just a designers dream come true. Modern elements mixed in with the historic charm of the hotel just done with such style and Grace. I wanted to take all the furniture home with me! The fireplace added a nice touch and my partner was very pleased to see they had Comcast TV too! Breakfast in the morning, which is INCLUDED in your stay, was TO DIE FOR! I eat at a lot of very nice restaurants and this meal was clearly created with a lot of thought. The use of local and seasonal ingredients prepared by their amazing chef was worth the stay alone. On top of the 2-course plated breakfast, they also have a continental breakfast buffet, wow! I cannot say enough good things about this place and am so looking forward to my next stay at Olea Hotel!