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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We received a lovely warm welcome back after two years. The new addition of a pool was just superb. Every other guest we spoke to said they wished they had booked for longer, that's why we stayed for 6 nights and booked well in advance.
This was the 4th time we have been fortunate enough to stay and experience the hospitality and will be back.
Breakfasts are as everybody says amazing we even got a special treat from Khambay.
It even looks fun to work there, and who likes work ?
The boutique hotel was was spotless, very charming and nicely appointed. The staff was amazing and made our visit very enjoyable, the breakfasts were delicious!
They also put snacks and drinks out in the evenings that you can enjoy around the fire pit under an amazing setting with the most majestic trees I’ve ever seen in a backyard.
Loved our stay.
We will definitely be back.
Can not say enough amazing things about this place. We stayed for 2 nights to do a little wine tasting during our California road trip and I couldn’t be happier we found this place. From the moment we arrived we felt so welcomed. The staff was more than accommodating and the gourmet breakfast was out of this world. Gretchen helped booked us on a wine tour when we arrived late the first evening and we had a phenomenal time. There was even a wine tasting in the lobby for guests one evening and a lovely fire pit outside to sit by and enjoy the peace and quiet. I would absolutely return and have already recommended this hotel as a must to all my coworkers and friends.
The most relaxing and beautiful place from the minute we arrived we fell in love with the place. They thought about everything to make your stay memorable. The room is very comfortable and lovely they do care about they environment ! The breakfast is amazing and in the afternoon there is wine and other refreshments. And last but not least the people there are helpful kind and really make you feel at home.
My wife and I spent 3 nights in this lovely little hotel. After visiting the area, we were really glad we stayed in the charming village of Glen Ellen. There are vineyards all around, and it's quiet and peaceful. The hotel is newly renovated, with modern furniture and comfortable rooms, and beautiful and well-kept grounds. The staff is very personable and nice, and very helpful with any questions or requests. The delicious and hearty gourmet breakfasts that are included were an extra bonus. We loved our stay, and would highly recommend Olea Hotel to anyone who wants to have a memorable and relaxing Sonoma experience