I read the reviews before we stayed in the hotel and I read the few most recent postings. I am fascinated at the strong reactions that this hotel causes, hence my calling it a marmit experience, you love it or you hate it! We stayed over the New Year for three nights and had an enjoyable time. The weather was cold and dry and we were able to get out and drive to many of the surrounding towns. It is a very beautiful area and we will come back to have more of the wine tasting experience on offer. The wine tasting tour at Marquise de Riscal was excellent, very informative, one of the better tours I have been dragged to by my partner!
Now you want to know about the hotel! I loved it! In short I am a Gerhy fan so was thrilled to actually be able to stay in one of his buildings. Who wouldn't want to experience this lovely environment that has been created. I found the staff genuinely pleasant and the food we had was extremely good. I would agree that there were few communal spaces and therefore this may not be up to what people want in a 5* hotel. I think in the warmer weather when you could sit outside on one of the many patio areas you may think differently.
So would I recommend this hotel, yes, go have a great "experience"
Would I go back and stay in this hotel, no, have enjoyed the experience, on to the next one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The City of Wine, where you will discover a masterpiece, Hotel Marques de Riscal Elciego. With 43 luxurious rooms and suites, an exceptional spa and a superb culinary offer, this boutique hotel, located in the heart of la Rioja alavesa and designed by famous arquitect Frank O. Gehry, is the ideal place for enoturim lovers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marques De Riscal Hotel
- Marques De Riscal Elciego
- Hotel Marques De Riscal a Luxury Collection Hotel Spain/Elciego