The Olea hotel in Glen Ellen is absolutely charming. The rooms are small but recently refurbished and are very well equipped, for example the bathrooms have underfloor heating and wonderful huge shower heads. The beds are really comfortable, and even the bathrobes are well above average hotel quality. The staff are friendly and helpful; during our stay they suggested places to visit and eat and even provided bubble wrap for my wife to pack fragile items. Other facilities include good WiFi, and an outdoor hot tub.
The hotel has a pleasant garden at the rear furnished with tables and chairs where we sat to drink our evening glass of wine; one of the particularly attractive features of the Olea is that they provide generous quantities of free wine in the evening! Breakfasts are amongst the best I've eaten anywhere, gourmet quality and beautifully presented.
The Olea is more of a B&B than a full-service hotel, it doesn't have a restaurant for lunch or dinner, the closest dining opportunities are in Glen Ellen. This isn't a problem as it's about 6 minutes walk down the hill where you can find several well regarded restaurants and one very good restaurant called the Star that produced some of the most innovative cooking we tasted during this trip to California. Take a torch if you're walking back after dark because there are no street lights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled into a hillside and surrounded by oak and olive trees in the heart of Sonoma wine country, Olea Hotel is a small boutique hotel with unique amenities, modern guest rooms, and an exceptional breakfast experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glenelly Inn & Cottages Hotel Glen Ellen
- Glenelly Inn And Cottages
- Olea Hotel Glen Ellen, CA - Sonoma County