Discreetly located in the little-known Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen, this property is nestled within Zen-like gardens comprising towering bamboos, manicured rock gardens and miniature pagodas. The 23 guest rooms have been decorated in a traditional Japanese style with a minimalist design, streamlined furnishings and a neutral color palette. Stunning in their simplicity, Ryokan Zen Suites are augmented by oversize tubs carved from granite that look out to private rock gardens. The property also has a secluded pool, a hot tub and a meditation barn. Day passes to a nearby gym are available upon request. Though the hotel lacks a restaurant, a breakfast buffet and an afternoon picnic box stocked with wine and cheese are offered, and excellent dining options are found within walking distance.
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Lowest Rate: Deluxe Queen Room, $300; Editor's Choice: Ryokan Zen Suite, $580.
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