Hotel Marques De Riscal
What it is
A Frank Gehry-designed darling in wine country.
What it isn't
Understated—Gehry is quite the maximalist. This isn’t the place to showcase your hipness with hygge.
What we think
If you were so enamored with the Guggenheim Bilbao you’d like to move in, lock the door and throw away the key, welcome to your personal paradise. Architect Frank Gehry used all his hallmarks for this wine region hideaway—including a shimmering exterior that appears to undulate like a satin ribbon, all the more seductive set amid the terra cotta rooflines of the village of Elciego. Interiors are every bit as Instagrammable; clean-lined leather sofas overlook the surrounding vineyards, which look even better after a glass of tempranillo from the Marqués de Riscal bodega—established 1858.
You're here because
Your thirst for discovering interesting wines is topped only by your hunger for contemporary architecture. This is a life-list-worthy hotel experience that fits neatly into any Basque region itinerary.
The on-site Caudalie spa is wine-inspired (what else?): You’ve never breathed easier than when you sigh, submerging, into the barrel bath peeking out over the tidy rows of vineyards beyond.
Restaurants & Bars
Marques de Riscal Restaurant - Serving dishes from northern Spain in a dramatic designer interior
Bistro 1860 Restaurant - Offers the opportunity to experience traditional Spanish cuisine with an exciting modern twist
Wine Bar & Shop - A great place to relax with friends while sampling some of the fine vintages from the Marques de Riscal wine estate
The hamlet of Elciego, ensconced in the hospitable arms of the medieval Rioja wine region. The 16th-century Church of San Andres Apostol is next door, and Bilbao is just over an hour's drive.