Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Alava

The sinuous titanium waves, skewed windows and cathedral-height ceilings of Hotel Marqués de Riscal are unmistakably Frank Gehry.

The rural medieval village of Elciego in the Basque Country is home to a rather unusual hotel. Created by Frank Gehry, most famously known for designing the Guggenheim Museum, Hotel Marqués de Riscal is clad with striking ribbon panels of curling silver, gold and pink titanium that glimmer in the sunshine. Hidden beneath the sweeping exterior, you'll find the 148-year old Herederos del Marqués de Riscal winery - the oldest winery in the region - housing a contemporary and luxurious retreat.

Designed to offer a unique experience to visitors, the hotel is a stark contrast to the classic stone architecture of the town. The unique design continues inside with tilted walls, zigzag windows, high ceilings and a collection of bespoke furnishings. Each of the 43 spacious rooms and suites are a work of art and many overlook the Rioja Alavesa grape vineyards. Choose from a Grand Deluxe or Premium Deluxe Rooms, Executive Suite or the spectacular Gehry Suite with a private terrace and panoramic views of Elciego.

Also renowned for its superb gastronomy, the hotel is home to two innovative restaurants. Restaurant Marqués de Riscal is headed by Michelin-starred Spanish chef Francis Paniego and serves dishes local dishes with an haute-cuisine twist. With a selection of fine vintage wines and 200 international labels to choose from, the expert sommelier will be on hand to perfectly pair your dish. Alternatively, Bistro 1869 serves up regional fare using fresh local produce with views overlooking the mountains and vineyards of the Basque Country. While staying at Marqués de Riscal, a visit to Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa to soack up the benefits of the grape is a must. We love the crushed cabernet scrub followed by a honey and wine moisturising wrap to leave your skin clean, refined and perfectly smooth. Other facilities include an indoor pool, rooftop lounge and elegant wine bar.

Why we like it

  • An iconic wine hotel located in the region of Rioja
  • Designed by Guggenheim architect Frank Gehry
  • Home to one of the oldest wineries in the region
  • Enjoy fine dining at the Michelin-starred Marqués de Riscal Restaurant
  • Relax and unwind at the acclaimed Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa

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