I have had a trip to this hotel on my bucket list since I first saw it on the cover of Wine Spectator in 2006! Given the steep price (especially compared to other fine hotels in the area), I wasn't sure that it would live up to my expectations. I was not disappointed! Our request for a room in the main Gehry building was honored, and I gasped when the door to Room 10 was opened. Light filled the room (even on an overcast day) through the set of windows that were signature Gehry and reminiscent of our recent visit to the Guggenheim.
The staff was cheerful, helpful and very approachable so the atmosphere is very relaxed and not stuffy. Just perfect for this crazy, fun building!
Dinner in the restaurant was delicious but a little too formal for our tastes. I can't relax when I feel I have to whisper through dinner. But small complaint when you are sitting in such fabulous space, eating such delicious food.
Highly recommend but not sure if our experience would have been the same if we ended up in the annex!
Only thing missing from the room was hooks in the bathroom near the shower for towels, robes etc.
- 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