This was our second time to the Gaige House, also came in 2010, loved it so much we came back for a Big Birthday, with some friends. Hotel has a historic older home as the main building. There are rooms in that building, some face the back, toward the pool, have not seen them so can't comment. Might be less quiet due to activity in the main house. There are also rooms in 3 other smaller buildings. One, next to the pool (stayed there in 2010, very nice big room). The other 2 buildings are for the 2 rows of Zen suite rooms. One building is the Zen creek side, rooms 17 to 20 (or 21, not sure). Other building is for the Zen garden rooms. The Zen garden are closer to the road. The hotel is right off the road through Glen Ellen and Sonoma. Not a highway, but you can hear the traffic, so if in Zen garden rooms, traffic noise might be distracting. We were in room 17. the front door opens directly into the parking lot, which is not as nice as rooms 18 to 21, which open to this neat bamboo "wall" walkway. But, 17 does have a larger creekside garden area than the other rooms - there is a little deck right by the room, and then another little patio area that overlooks the creek. Zen suite was gorgeous, absolutely stunning, as per other reviews. Huge granite tub was great (be careful getting in and out, it's big and slippery). Huge bed, super comfy and sheets were great. Fireplace sitting area was lovely. Everything - gorgeous. Loved the pool in the backyard - not big, not small. Property tends to not have families with young kids (or maybe that was bec. we went in May), so was very relaxing to swim laps in the pool or just float around to cool down. Never had trouble getting a chaise lounge to sunbathe. Loved the outdoor mini-hot pool too, great to sit in there at night and read. Lovely roses and greenery everywhere, so pretty. Loved the breakfast too - egg choice everyday, omelette or similar, and cold ham slices. Great coffee, fresh OJ, and so many tasty little home made muffins, scones and croissants, very tasty. The relaxed wine and cheese from 5 to 7 is too. They put out some red and white wines in the front parlour, some home made cookies, and very good cheeses. No one is there to talk about the wine, but is a nice chance to relax and chat with fellow guests. The hotel is walking distance to some very nice restaurants as well, we loved that also. It's expensive to stay here, but it really is a relaxing and luxurious oasis, in a charming little town. Love it. Gave it a 4 for value, because the zen suites are maybe a bit over-priced, and a 4 for location as it is very close to the main road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked into the Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen, the Gaige House + Ryokan feels like a secret hideaway. Of course, it's not really a secret; the Gaige House + Ryokan is regularly recommended in Michelin and other guides. Gaige House + Ryokan is part of the prestigious Four Sisters Inns collection and is an elegant blend of vintage and contemporary architecture. The verdant, secluded setting along Calabaza's Creek includes an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. All guests enjoy complimentary breakfast buffet and afternoon wine and cheese tasting as well as refreshing green tea at check-in, house-baked matcha cookies, after-dinner sake alongside the port and sherry. The spa treatment menu includes new massages, with either lemongrass or lavender infusions. Guests staying in Gaige House + Ryokan’s Zen Suites discover additional enhancements found in classic ryokans, such as the use of yukata robes, geta and zori slippers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gaige House, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel Glen Ellen
- Gaige House + Ryokan, a Four Sisters Inn Glen Ellen, CA - Sonoma County