Nestled in the mountains of northwestern Spain is a hotel that is as much a piece of breathtaking art as it is a magnificent luxury hotel. The Marqués de Riscal Hotel is located in Elciego, Spain, an amazing medieval town that sits in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Elciego, also known as “City of Wine”, is loaded with fine dining, a vivacious culture and a wonderful history to enjoy and explore during your visit. The Marqués de Riscal combines modern design and luxuries with an old traditional winery to create a unique comfortable atmosphere with amazing views of the town as well as the beautiful vineyards from any of its eight terraces. The hotel is made up of two wings that house forty three guest rooms including eleven suites as well as a variety of restaurants and leisure facilities like the Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa. The new wing of the hotel was designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry and is no doubt the most eye-catching element in the area.
The guest rooms at the Marqués de Riscal Hotel have been designed to pay tribute to the Frank Gehry’s unique design and are complete with all the luxuries and amenities you need. The twenty nine rooms in the Spa Wing provide guests with more spacious accommodations and unique views of the vineyards, the Gehry Wing and the town of Elciego. Part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts “Luxury Collection”, the Marqués de Riscal Hotel provides guests with outstanding services and an expert staff to tend to your every want or need. The Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa is definitely the highlight of the hotels facilities, enjoy a dip in the indoor swimming pool, spend some time in their steam room or Jacuzzi or treat yourself to a “wine therapy” treatment featuring products made of grape extract and mineral water created exclusively for the spa.
The cuisine served by the hotel’s restaurants and lounges are overseen by Executive Chef Francis Paniego and created by his protégé Chef Jose Ramón Piñeiro, one of Spain’s most promising culinary stars. The Bistro 1860 Restaurant in the Frank Gehry Wing is open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week and offers fresh seasonal cuisine complemented by delicious local wines. Enjoy the amazing village and mountain views while you take in the restaurant’s casual and modern atmosphere. The Gastronomic Restaurant Marqués de Riscal gives guests beautiful views of Elciego and the Riojan vineyards and offers traditional Basque-Riojan cuisine with a unique twist. Wine Bar Vinoteca is a great place to try the variety of wonderful Marqués de Riscal wines along with other favorites from around the world. It is a great place to relax with some tea or an aperitif and enjoy the views of Elciego and its 16th century church. The Rooftop Lounge/Library is the spot to enjoy a good cigar or cocktail while enjoying the terrace’s cool breezes and views of the vineyards and village. With a medieval town full of history to explore, sweeping views of vineyards and wonderful cuisine to enjoy; the Marqués de Riscal Hotel is the perfect stop for wine connoisseurs as well as couples looking for a romantic getaway.
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