Bask in this Basque masterpiece

If you’re wandering about northern Spain and see an asymmetric structure with a curved titanium roof accentuated with tints of purple and blue, you have arrived at the destination.

Situated in the heart of the wine region of Rioja Alavesa, in the Alava province of Spain, is Hotel Marqués De Riscal. As part of A Luxury Collection by Marriott, it ups the wine tourism ante with surrounding vineyard, winery, and wine cellars designed in 1958. Renowned architects Frank O. Gehry and Ricardo Bellsola created the so-called City of Wine with a contrasting amalgamation of modern and medieval.

Exterior of Hotel Marques De Riscal

Exterior of Hotel Marqués De Riscal

Let us walk you through the La Rioja experience. As you arrive, you see the swaths of vineyards and winery surrounding the hotel. You check into one of 43 luxury rooms and suites. Use the hotel Wi-Fi to connect with the rest of the world and turn on the Beovision TV by Bang & Olufsen to experience audiovisual opulence.

Deluxe room on the Gehry wing

Deluxe room on the Gehry wing

The Michelin-starred Marques de Riscal Restaurant

The Michelin-starred Marqués de Riscal Restaurant

The medieval Vinos de los Herederos

The medieval Vinos de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal Winery and wine cellar

The Library, accentuating asymmetry

Terrace on the top floor of the Gehry wing

Bored?

Step outside, stroll around the vineyard, and witness the winemaking process at the Vinos de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal Winery. Taste from the selection of thousands of vintage and new wines at the wine cellar beneath the winery. Satiate your palate at the Michelin-starred Marqués de Riscal Restaurant. If you like reading, head to the library with its rich collection of luxury literature.

Now it’s time to explore the historic localities in the medieval town of Elciego and nearby wine towns like Laguardia, Cenicero, and Haro. Ask the hotel concierge for a bike ride or horseback ride, or hot air balloon ride, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Glass corridor connecting the Gehry wing and the Spa wing

Glass corridor connecting the Gehry wing and the Spa wing

Barrel Bath at The Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa

Barrel Bath at The Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa

After a long day, you need to relax. Either luxuriate in the deep-soak bathtub back in your suite, or cross the bridge from the hotel’s Gehry wing to the spa wing. Get ready to get pampered with wine therapies at The Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa. Immerse yourself in the hammam, jacuzzi, rain shower, or Barrel Bath with a “bubbly mix of grape pomace.”

Exclusive wedding spot

Wine bar at the hotel

Wine bar at the hotel

View of the medieval Spanish town from a premium Gehry wing room

View of the medieval Spanish town from a premium Gehry wing room

Back to reality, an Expedia review of the hotel aptly reads, “The hotel is the destination here.”

For more information, visit www.hotel-marquesderiscal.com

Images courtesy: Hotel Marqués De Riscal