Hotel Check: Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel – La Rioja, Spain.

Hotel Check: Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel – La Rioja, Spain.

Set amidst rolling vineyards in Spain’s Rioja wine region, Hotel Marqués de Riscal is an elegant retreat for those seeking modern luxury with an artistic touch. Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, this architectural marvel features a dazzling titanium roof that reflects sunlight, creating brilliant shades of color that contrast with the green of the vineyards all around.

This boutique hotel opened in 2006 and has since become a haven for wine lovers and design enthusiasts alike.


the hotel

Hotel Marqués de Riscal is located in Elciego, a small village in Rioja Alavesa. The nearest airport is in Logroño (RJL), a small regional airport with a one-daily flight to Madrid, operated by Iberia. For better connectivity, it’s easier to fly to Bilbao (BIO) and then take the scenic (and short) 125km drive to Elciego.

The Gehry building is part of the Marqués de Riscal winery complex, which covers 100,000 square metres. A working winery dedicated to wine production, research and of course tasting. Between the main building and annexes, you’ll find two gourmet restaurants, 61 rooms and suites, a wine therapy spa, meeting rooms, and a boutique specializing in winery-related products.

The Spa Wing is connected to the Gehry Building by a footbridge and houses most of the hotel rooms since the Gehry Building is relatively small. In my opinion, staying in the spa suite is probably the best option. The rooms there are spacious, have regular shapes (no weird angles or curtains that don’t fit properly against the wall), and have lovely views of the Giri building, the vineyards, and the village in the background.

On the ground floor, next to the lounge area, there is a casual tapas/wine bar with a large open terrace overlooking the vineyard and village.

The coolest space in the Gehry Building is definitely the Library, a small lounge upstairs for wine tasting and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere with amazing views!

One of the amenities of this property is a guided tour through the winery and of course a wine tasting session!


Luxury spa room

Luxury spa rooms are the standard rooms at this place (retail price around €500/60,000 points per night). They are located in the spa suite and give you a spacious area of ​​44 to 52 square metres. To stretch. You have a large 49-inch TV, a work desk, an ergonomic chair for reading, a minibar, and some very comfortable beds.

The best part of the room was the amazing view of the Geary building!

The welcome amenity was of course a bottle of wine!

The bathrooms are really spacious with a double vanity room, bathtub, separate shower and toilet area. You’ll find marble and mirrors everywhere.

The cosmetics are wine-based, a subtle but constant reminder that you are in the heart of the wine region, after all.


the breakfast

Breakfast is served in the gourmet restaurant located on the first floor, where you can enjoy it on the open terrace offering charming views of the village.

Breakfast included a continental buffet and made-to-order warm dishes, and everything was absolutely delicious.


Conclusion

This place is something special. The staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome, and the concierge knows all the ins and outs of the local wines and the best tapas joints. Whether you are a wine lover, an art and design lover, or just want a quiet holiday in Spain, the Marques de Riscal Hotel is an unforgettable experience!


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