We arrived from the UK on Brittany ferries (Portsmouth to Santander crossing - which was briliant - great food, decent nights sleep, plus we spotted 6 whales and too many dolphin to count ....highly recommend it - so much better than the dover calais ferry service) and drove the 2 or so hours to the Viura. Situated in a very well kept village of 300 people with 43 winery's!! Very good place from which to explore the Rioja region but you do need a car.
Modern architectural design with a very classy feel which surprisingly fitted very well into the traditional surroundings. Great food and very helpfull staff plus the best gin and tonic ever from the friendly barman (Coffee / liquorice / orange or lime infused ......I thought G & T was just G & T).
Had a great day out on the hotels complimentary bikes ......not quite the 18lb carbon fibre racing machine im used to..... but a great way to see the area.
Roof top terrace was a great spot to relax for a few hours in the afternoon sun.
A visit to the local Luis Canas bodegas (winery) is a must ......far better than a trip to the larger named winerys (booked in advance via the hotel)
A real gem and a great start to our one week driving tour through spain and france.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Composed of whimsically superimposed cubes that seem to surge forcefully from the centre of the earth; punctuated by French windows that flood the rooms with views of the relaxing scenery. Situated in Villabuena de Álava in the Rioja Alavesa, Viura is perfect as a base for discovering La Rioja. Only 20 minutes away from Logroño and from Haro and 10 minutes from such emblematic wine cellars as Ysios and Marqués de Riscal. In addition to its magnificent restaurant, the bar, a fine old wine cellar and a gymnasium, Viura has wonderful terraces on the top floor with panoramic views of the San Andrés Church, built between 1538 and 1728, and of all the mountains of the Sierra de Cantabria. All hotel guests have at their disposal, without any charge, wireless internet connection, soft drinks from the mini-bar, gym access, bicycles and parking. The hotel also offers dvd players and a wide range of movies on DVD, for free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Viura Spain/Villabuena De Alava