My wife, Ruth, and I booked a four-night stay at the Olea Hotel via SniqueAway. Based on TripAdvisor reviews, it appeared that this would be a special place. We were not disappointed! The staff was SO friendly and helpful (Kent Sorensen helped us so much with dining options, places to go and see, as well as waivers of the tasting fees at a whole host of Sonoma Valley wineries). The kitchen staff let us use their freezer and refrigerator for storing some perishable purchases, gave us some ideas for where to purchase some specialty groceries we were looking for, and the executive chef (Khambay Khamsyvoravong) graciously warmed up a leftover pizza for us (in her oven, not the microwave!) from the nearby Glen Ellen Star restaurant. The other staff (Chris, Julie, and Devesh) were also very friendly and helpful with sightseeing ideas, detailed directions, and serving our every need with care and thoughtfulness. Julie was very helpful and prompt in e-mail correspondence prior to our visit.
We stayed in one of the two cottages (#10) which was delightful - impeccably clean and so nicely furnished. The cottages have high peaked ceilings which give them a very large "feel." The cottages have a real wood-burning fireplace (with DuraFlame logs provided). The bathroom is very stylish with a heated tile floor, the best shower head we've ever experienced, and an elegant all clear glass wash basin and counter. Two pairs of bathrobes (one pair for trips to the hot tub and one for inside the cottage) are provided. Complementary snacks and bottled water are provided in the rooms (not to mention evening complementary wines in the reception area!). The cottages are "down low" on the property so they don't have the same view as further up on the hill (for example, the top floor of the building housing Rooms 1 through 8). They are, however, just a few steps away from the gorgeously landscaped and furnished hot tub area (see the accompanying photo).
The breakfasts included with the room rate were worthy of an elegant upscale restaurant. Each breakfast included a "continental breakfast" (I'll call it an appetizer) consisting of (while we were there) yummy miniature strawberry ginger scones, lemon poppy seed muffins, berry Dutch crunch coffee cake, house-made honey granola (verified - we saw Chef Khambay making it!), and assorted local yogurts. These were all served buffet style. The reception area had a wide selection of juices, coffee, and tea. After sitting down and enjoying the "appetizer" we were served by the very friendly and helpful Devesh Patel (the brother of the owner): a first course of an Olea olive oil rosemary muffin, house-made marmalade and seasonal fruit (different each day) followed by the main course (see the accompanying photos). All the entrées (as well as the first course) were elegantly plated and delicious. A nice touch was the handsomely laid-out menu provided at each place setting. Some of the other reviews have suggested that the portions are small. We did not find this to be the case. We both found the breakfasts filling and so satisfying. The only disappointment was that the breakfast entrée on our fourth day was a repeat of the first day's entrée - it was just as delicious the second time around, but we were looking forward to a fourth example of Chef Khambay's artistry.
Finally, if you have not previously visited the Sonoma Valley (as we had not), the Glen Ellen area is extremely picturesque and the Olea Hotel and its grounds are snuggled into the Sonoma hillside so very smartly making this a superb location for spending your time here.
Bottom line: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We could not have received any better service nor a better lodging experience.
We stayed in one of the two cottages. Number 10 is further from the street than Number 9. We heard n...
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