The Vibe: Staying in an architectural masterpiece by Frank Gehry – and enjoy some famous wines too.
The Area: Set in its own vineyards, in the village of Elciego (Eltziego in Basque) in the Rioja Alavesa.
The DNA: Hotel Marqués de Riscal, part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, is immediately recognizable with its jaw dropping contemporary aesthetic of steel and titanium as a building by Canadian-American master architect Frank O Gehry, who is also responsible for Bilbao’s Guggeheim Museum. Attention to details continue on the interior, with curved maple wood walls, leather furniture, and marble bathrooms. Every piece of furniture has a designer attached, and you’ll find yourself unable to stop snapping photos. The hotel offers two restaurants, one with modern and one with authentic/local cuisine, a library and lounge and naturally a wine bar. There is a Caudalie Vinothérapie spa, a fitness centre and an indoor pool.
Suite-Me-Up: Opting for open spaces, 3,65m (12-foot) ceilings, and pale wood walls, the Frank Gehry Presidential Suite is a haven for connoisseurs of architecture and wine alike. This pièce de résistance features a separate living area, a private terrace and the most impressive panoramic views of the village of Elciego, its vineyards, and the dramatic Cantabric Mountains.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 51 rooms (27-52m2) (291-560 sq ft) & 10 suites (65-83m2) (700-893 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2006 • architecture & interior design: Frank Gehry ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk