Hotel Viura (named after a white grape variety) is a unique, avantgarde design hotel in the village of Villabuena de Álava (Eskuernaga in Basque) in the La Rioja Alavesa wine region. The village (of 300 inhabitants) has 48 wineries ranging from small family-owned businesses to larger bulk-production wineries. Other than the wine making, the village is notable for its many renaissance houses, patrician houses, and small palaces adorned with coats of arms, built between 17th and 19th centuries. The cities of Logroño and Haro are both 20 minutes’ drive.
As the architect eschewed all thoughts of vertical and horizontal, she created an ultra-modern fantasy that sits remarkably easily alongside an ultra-traditional church. The tumbling pile of superimposed blocks is liberally sprinkled with balconies, terraces and huge windows that all make the most of the views of the village and the surrounding scenery.
The rooms at the Viura have a minibar with free sparkling and still water, heating, and air conditioning. There is also a flat-screen TV, a DVD player and a DVD library for guests to enjoy. The private bathroom comes with free toiletries, bath or shower, and a hairdryer.
The hotel offers an à la carte restaurant serving regional meals, a full wine cellar and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding Sierra de la Cantabria Mountains and the San Andrés Church ad. 1538. There is also a fitness centre and free bicycles are available to explore the surroundings.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 33 rooms (25-32m2) (269-344 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2010 • architecture: MUP_ARQ (Vitoria-Gasteiz) ✅ free parking on-site • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk