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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 is truly a gem! My wife and I stayed one night recently and left wishing our schedule would have allowed a longer stay. Kathryn and Kent at the desk were such charming people. Kathryn checked us in right away even though we had arrived earlier than planned. she helped us decide on a winery to visit that afternoon. Kent helped us get reservations at Glen Ellen Star restaurant which was one the highlights of our trip. [Reviewed later].
Breakfast was a piece of art! The chef is very talented. We enjoyed ourselves so much.
Only negative I can mention is the exit on to the road. It is really a blind spot and you need to take extreme caution.
I recommend this location wholeheartedly.
Olea was the perfect wine country retreat for me and my husband. The hotel was in picturesque Glen Ellen, which is much lest touristy than nearby Sonoma but still has some great restaurants. The architecture of the hotel, the rooms, and the grounds were all beautiful. The pool was well equipped for relaxing while my husband explored the great cycling nearby.
Best of all was the service. Check-in with Kent was seamless, with a mocktail and wine offered right away. The gourmet, multicourse breakfast was hands down the best meal we had on our week-long northern california vacation.
Would definitely recommend for anyone visiting wine country!
Olea is such a gem I cant recommend enough. Location is ideal - about 15 mins away from Sonoma town but you beat the crowds by staying here. You are truly in the countryside, but with up brand new accommodations that are just the right about of luxury. My favorite things: the indoor: outdoor fireplace, their delicious breakfast. the complementary wine, and their massages! My expectations were far surpassed by the masseuse they had on staff - what a treat. And, you can walk into the Geln Ellen town which has just enough to keep you entertained for a few nights. The Glen Ellen Star restaurant was phenomenal - I would travel to the town just to eat there!