This building is just magical. Standing out in an otherwise typical Wine country setting, the Marques de Riscal is just poetry in 21st Century architecture. Every corner, within and outside the structure, makes one pause to savor the view. We were there two (short) days and could not get tired of enjoying the views of the building. Almost imagine as if you could spend a night sleeping at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.... well, the Marques de Riscal almost lets you do that transporting you to the genious of Frank Gehry. We chose to have dinner at the terrace of the 1860 Bistro and it was memorable. Perfect temperature, superb views, incredibly peaceful, a great meal of local delicacies and different Rioja wines to pair with each selection made for a perfect dinner, which we extended until the restaurant closed, as if not wanting to let the moment go by. Wow!!!
The room was very spacious, well set up, with great attention to details, and the views of the vineyards through the Gehry metal ribbons were out of this world, as if challenging us to believe if all could be real. All the service and support people were pleasant, corteous and extremely helpful. The resort is also amazingly quiet and also guarded jelously so no one can come in unless staying at the hotel.
The free tour of the Marques de Riscal winery was a great complement and a perfect fit for a unique and memorable experience. Definitely at the top of the list to come back and celebrate the beauty of the place.
- 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