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.
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Every single person on staff was friendly. The room was gorgeous and filled with modern conveniences - no fumbling for places to plug in phones! The hot tub was great, and the property is lovely with plenty of outdoor furnishings that I'm now coveting for my own home. And the breakfast was INCREDIBLE. We will return!
Beautiful BNB in a great area. Tons to do. Firepit outside. Hot tub. In the room, everything matters. From multi-cord cell chargers to the heated bathroom tiles. First class stay in wine country. Would recommend to any age couple staying around the valley.
This is a high class hotel that sort of feels like a bed and breakfast or maybe the other way around or a combination of both. We stayed here because of a wedding in the area. If it weren't for the wedding, I would've been happy to stay at the hotel and enjoy the outside sitting areas reading a book and take a few strolls into town for a meal or a run in the area. If the weather was not conducive to sitting outside, I would've also been happy to stay in the room.
We noticed that the sheets were so comfortable that I took a pic of the brand and will try to find them for our own home.
I believe that the building was recently built because of a fire. Besides the room and the area, the breakfast was excellent and would've been on par with any fancy, SF city breakfast. The server at breakfast was enthusiastic. Overall, the next time we need to go to the area, we will be coming here.
We recently stayed at Olea hotel in Glen Ellen with a large group of friends celebrating one of our friend’s birthday. From the check in to check out everything was perfect. The staff was courteous and helpful (especially Kent!). The gourmet breakfasts that are included in the stay, were better than anything we ever paid money for. The chef is a true master, every meal was a perfection. The rooms are nicely appointed. And the pool/hot tub area is very nice, even though we really didn’t get a chance to use it, as the weather didn’t cooperate. All in all one of the best hotel stays we experienced in a long time.
Visiting the wonderful Olea hotel was such a treat. We’ve lived in California for years and visit in and around that area all the time, but had never been to Glen Ellen. The Olea staff were welcoming and friendly. The grounds and landscaping are beautiful. The accommodations are modern, stylish, and very comfortable ( and we are pretty picky!) We loved the ambient heated floor in the bathroom, the super soft mattress and bedding, and the cozy robes. They even put out beds and treats for our dogs. Guaranteed, we will be back!!