Spend the night with wine at the Marqués de Riscal Hotel

Jean Pierre Contasti

Elciego is a small town in southern Araba, where you’ll find, set against kilometers of vineyards, a very modern building. Certainly, the Marqués de Riscal Hotel is a location where you can experience state-of-the-art luxury. Therefore, by arriving at this corner of the Basque Country, let architecture amaze you while enjoying high-quality Rioja wines, all under the seal of the Luxury Collection by Marriott. Above all, be taken into a world where winemaking tradition is combined with 21st century technology and unique design, as you visit the so-called Rioja Alavesa.

Vineyards on a hill, with the modern structure of the hotel in the background
Elciego is home, simultaneously, to a traditional winery and a very modern hotel | Photo by Gotanero

First, reach the premises of the Ciudad del Vino, a building complex just outside of the town, and composed of the modern hotel next to the Marqués de Riscal winery. Incredibly, you can admire the contrast between the shiny structure and a mid-19th century manor house, serving as the company’s headquarters. So, in a nod to his previous masterpiece, the Bilbao Guggenheim, you’ll feel the personal signature of Frank Gehry wherever you go, as roof panels made out of titanium and steel cover its 61 luxurious accommodations.

 Long hallway flanked by wine barrels in a cellar
Marqués de Riscal is the oldest winery in Araba, Euskadi | Photo by Roderich Kahn

Also, as you head towards its VIP lounge, approach the terrace and behold breathtaking views of the surrounding Ebro Valley. However, other options are available, such as the Michelin-starred Fine Dining Restaurant, on which you can indulge in tastes that go along with red Rioja wine. To sum up, go to the spa and live a very different approach to relaxation, to be achieved through vinotherapy treatments.

Explore a symbiotic relationship between wine and steel, as you stay in sheer luxury at the Marqués de Riscal Hotel, while sharing the experience with us on #Tripsst!

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