Rated 5 out of 5 by 1travelguru bucolic gem
Very relaxing. Beautiful area and hotel. Lovely wines and tremendous staff
January 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Socrates A little fairytale...
We arrived late at night to what appeared to be a discretely lit, anachronistic castle with, in lieu of stone walls and towers, a fantastic architecture coloured with bold, winery-inspired palette. This luxury collection hotel is unique and unforgettable, with a glass bridge connecting the two wings of the structure allowing you to breeze under Gehry's titanium ribbons.
The location was lovely, with the small, characteristic town of Elciego within walking distance of the hotel and a beautiful view over the town church and vineyards from the breakfast area.
Impeccable room with vineyard view and complimentary valrhona chocolate, the welcome gift as a platinum member was a locally produced olive oil we continued to enjoy at home.
We visited the Guggenheim in Bilbao and, while imposing and impressive, our stay in Elciego provided us with a much more intimate perception of Gehry's work, almost as if we had been two guests in his living room, where he held his sketchbook and told us about the enchanted Basque land his imagination was about to conquer.
August 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fem69 Great stay!
My wife and I spent two nights at this hotel in early December and everything was perfect. The rooms are large and comfortable; breakfast is delicious and with high quality produce, the bistro serves excellent food and the wine bar is the perfect place for a quick bite. The spa itself is not impressive but the treatments are quite original. I took a "skull massage" and it was very enjoyable. The Marques de Riscal winery is worth a visit (free with your stay) as it is Ysios in the nearby town of Laguardia.
Above all I would highlight the service. Everybody is nice, willing to help but respectful with your privacy. The hotel has the perfect size for a luxury retreat: not too big so you don't feel anonymous, not too small so you can still go unnoticed!
December 21, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by GRMO You really must stay there at least for one night of your life (more if you can!)
Driving up for the first time you anticipate what it will look like but when you finally see it in the flesh for the first time its really amazing.
The security is a little officious when you drive in but I expect they have a lot of people wanting free look around.
From the minute we checked in the staff were great and were able to exceed my expectations throughout our stay.
The views are really nice and I hope your room faces the local church as ours did.
The food in the bistro was good but not exceptional and the breakfast was a bit disappointing.
It’s a pity the pool is indoors, its still nice but could be spectacular.
July 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kobb outstanding!
Felt like I needed to write a review of this hotel as it is up and beyond. Came with family here on a tour of France and northern Spain. Hotel wasn't full and was given a great upgrade on one of the rooms to a suite with a connecting room for kids, as a gold member at that time this was up and beyond. Rooms exceeded my best expectations. Restaurant is fantastic.....food was amazing as of course was the wine. Service was excellent - must see if your on tour. One night was all we had but will definitely make it two next time around. Well done!
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ericMC Beatiful setting
One of the most beautiful setting and most beautiful small hotels in the world. Beautiful views from everywhere of the mountains and the mid-eaval town and the Frank Gehry building is stunning. Staff is eceptional.
August 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Glendie Beautiful view
Driving up to the hotel is spectacular...the architecture is fabulous.
The rooms are very spaciuos, the bathrooms very large and clean.
Restaurant was very good and the help were terrific.
I would reccomend a visit if you are in the area.
October 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rioja2014 Spectacular Architecture
Staying at the Hotel Marques de Riscal was a great experience! The staff was very helpful, and upon arrival we were able to purchase an upgrade to a room in the Gehry wing overlooking the village and church. The room itself was worth the entire visit!
Also, our dinner at the traditional restaurant was very good, and a good value.
The pool / sauna area is quite small, so this is not a hotel for a longer "wellness vacation" - but it is an excellent place to visit La Rioja.
July 29, 2014