Sonoma County Hotel ranks #2 in the US, according to Yelp

Yelp recently released its annual list of the Top 100 Hotels in the United States, featuring a list of the country’s top-rated properties. Among the hotels to make the cut in 2022 is Glen Ellen’s Olea Hotel, which came in at No. 2. Yelp called the hotel “a luxury base camp for exploring California’s wine country.”

The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs topped this year’s list, which is based on crowdsourced ratings and total review volume on the Yelp website and mobile app from early 2017. and May 2022. 28 of the hotels on the list are located in California, and in addition to Hotel Olea, Highland Dell Lodge in Monte Rio represented Sonoma County (#46).

Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, the Olea Hotel is a luxury property offering contemporary accommodations in three buildings and two garden cottages. The hotel, named after the 200-year-old olive trees that dot the property, was purchased and renovated in 2016 by Sia and Ashish Patel, then remodeled after the Nuns fire damaged the property in October 2017.

Hotel Olea guests can enjoy proximity to over fifty wineries, located within a 10 mile radius of the hotel, and a complimentary two-course breakfast, which combines local organic ingredients to create delicious dishes like her famous Yelp Acai Bowl, Shakshuka (poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce) and pork sausage frittata.

The hotel has a heated pool and a soothing spa room, where hotel guests can schedule treatments like a deep tissue massage and a cocoa butter body scrub and wrap. Yelp reviewers rave about the hotel’s amenities, its free in-room snacks (“what more could you ask for in a hotel?” said one satisfied reviewer), and the fact that it’s dog-friendly. “It wasn’t easy to find a place that was dog friendly and had a pool/hot tub, plus a long list of rave reviews. Olea fit the bill,” said one reviewer.

The real jewel of the Hotel Olea? Its staff, according to reviews from several online travel sites. 167 reviews on gave Olea’s staff a 9.9 out of 10 and Yelpers mentioned that staff leave birthday cards for guests, offer free wine in the lobby, and are helpful in suggesting local attractions to visit.

Click on the gallery above to take a look at Hotel Olea.

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