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Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Address: Calle Torrea, 1

Neighborhood:

City: Elciego

Phone: 011-34-945-180-880

Website: www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury

Expert Review

This ultra-modern stone and glass structure includes multi-hued titanium canopies and a glass suspension footbridge. For design hawks, a sojourn at Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Spain's Rioja wine region is an absolute must, especially in harvest season. With its eight terraces offering views of Elciego and its vineyards, this two-wing structure is the brainchild of world-renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, who also helmed Bilbao's Guggenheim. The interior also pops with cream colored walls featuring wooden accents and bold flashes of color (think rich reds). Stellar Basque-Riojan cuisine is served at two onsite restaurants, while the hotel's Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa features an indoor swimming pool and 14 treatment rooms that offer "wine therapy" massages and treatments. 2008 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: luxury | expensive | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | culinary

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