Since its unveiling in 2006, this masterpiece created by Frank Gehry to house the Hotel Marqués de Riscal has become a highly sought-after contemporary, luxury retreat. Design, art, gastronomy, wine and the lush landscape all combine to create a memorable sojourn at The City of Wine.
The stunning Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection, is located in Elciego, in La Rioja’s Álava province. Designed by Frank Gehry, this avant-garde hotel offers free WiFi, a spa and 2 restaurants.
Most of the unique rooms at the Hotel Marqués de Riscal feature a distinctive zig-zag window seat with views of the valley. The black marble bathrooms are fully equipped and include a hairdryer.
The Vinothérapie Spa, by Caudalie Marqués de Riscal, offers a range of grape-based treatments. There is also an indoor pool, hammam, Finnish sauna, fitness centre and massage services.
The Marqués de Riscal Restaurant serves dishes from Northern Spain, while the 1860 Tradición Restaurant offers traditional Spanish cuisine with a modern twist and using local produce. Breakfast is in the style of a tasting menu.
At the top of the hotel, there is a rooftop library-lounge and a wine bar. You can enjoy panoramic views from here or from the 8 terraces.
Marqués de Riscal is located in the town of Elciego, in La Rioja’s Álava province in the north of Spain. The town sits right in the centre of a region that arguably produces some of Spains best red wines. It takes just over an hour to drive to the hotel from Bilbao, where you'll find the famous Guggenheim Bilbao, (which was designed by the same Architect as this hotel) and about an hour and a half to drive the city of San Sebastián which is widely considered one of the best places to eat in the world. In 2018 the city was awarded the coveted title of European Capital of Culture.
The nearest airport to Marqués de Riscal is Bilbao Airport which is located 9km north of the city of Bilbao. The easiest way to get from there is to drive, which will take around 1.5 hours. If you don't have a car you can also catch a train directly from the Airport or take the bus via the town of Haro.
You'll most likely need a car to get around the local area and explore the surrounding wineries.
Address: Torrea, 1, 01340 Elciego, SpainView larger map