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
We were scheduled to stay here 2 years ago in September, but the 2017 fires had ravaged the area 2 days before our arrival and we had to forego the trip. Two years later, we planned the same vacation and were not disappointed. This is a lovely boutique hotel where the entire staff is so accommodating and the environment so quaint and peaceful, you will pinch yourself to be sure you are not dreaming. All of your needs have been addressed before you even arrive, as well as a gourmet breakfast to die for. We can not say enough great things about The Olea Hotel. You just have to experience it for yourself.
We have only wonderful things to say about our stay at Olea! From our check in and warm welcome from Kent, hospitality from everyone, great recommendations, and exceptional breakfast, it was such a delightful stay! Close to everything but also in a tucked away relaxing location, with so many inviting sitting areas to relax and enjoy!
This is a nice modest little place with excellent service and knowledgable staff, and generous snacks and quite enjoyable wine included; I never had this anywhere else before. However, the words "elegant" or "upscale" seem inappropriate for this somewhat dated and modest establishment. If you have a view of the pool you also have a view of the ongoing construction to replace fire damaged structures, with hammering all day. The tub is plastic rather than porcelain, e.g. The "gourmet" breakfast is ok but not impressive in quality, nor expertly executed: the fruit was somewhat tired and other ingredients were less delightful than I expected from the raves here. The location is on a local road that has regular traffic. The price we paid was also out of line with what is received. I see one can find much better rates from the various online bundlers like expedia, but we did not do so. From the photographs and reviews, I expected upscale and elegant and was disappointed, so I would not return. For considerably less money however, such as is currently advertised, it would be reasonable. The people are very nice, even delightful, so if you realize it is modest, not upscale, and pay accordingly, I think it would be a nice choice.
This hotel is a lovely hidden gem -- the staff are friendly and helpful, rooms are gorgeous, concierge was wonderful and provided amazing recommendations & the breakfast was delicious and filling. We will definitely be back and will stay here again! The value is incredible and you won't be disappointed!
My fiance and I had an incredible stay here! We didn't want to leave. We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves and we felt so catered to. You will feel relaxed the moment you get here. Breakfast is great, and I highly recommend getting the massage - legitimately the best massage I have had, what a great addition to the hotel. We are already thinking of when we will be back and will recommend Olea to our friends and family!