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Hotel Marques de Riscal - Luxury holidays to the Basque Country

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  • About this holiday

    Hotel Marqués de Riscal is a contemporary masterpiece surrounded by rolling vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Elciego in the far south of the Spanish Basque Country. Designed by Frank Gehry who was also responsible for Bilbao's titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum, this is an impressive property which contrasts with the town's traditional buildings.  With a wine bar, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a Vinotherapy spa – all with spectacular views over the region’s oldest winery where visitors can enjoy a tour with wine tasting – Hotel Marqués de Riscal promises a unique food and wine holiday not far from La Rioja. Located under ninety minutes' drive south of Bilbao, this is a convenient destination for a short stay or as part of a touring holiday through northern Spain.

    The journey and how you get there

    The hotel is about ninety minutes' drive south of Bilbao airport. 
    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways, London Heathrow to Bilbao, and car-hire.
    Those wishing to travel with their own car can take a ferry to Santander then drive about 140 miles south east to the hotel. Contact us for prices.

    Complimentary

    Bicycles

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bilbao, car-hire and bed and breakfast accommodation.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for Hotel Marques de Riscal are per person based on two people sharing a Grand Deluxe room.
    Low season from £1090 per person for 3 nights.
    High season from £1320 per person for 3 nights.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH1427

    Our opinion

    Hotel Marqués de Riscal is an impressive property in northern Spain which is highly recommended for those in search of good food and wine in a unique and contemporary setting.

    Hotel description

    A wine lovers’ retreat, Hotel Marqués de Riscal is a luxurious, contemporary masterpiece surrounded by rolling vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Elciego in the Basque Country. Built in 2006 by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the distinctive structure is a space-age vision amid the picturesque landscape, complete with a curved and twisting metal roof. Bright and contemporary bedrooms are split between the main building and the spa wing, with the former enjoying glimpses of the metal waves through angled windows. 
    A Luxury Collection hotel combining art and design, food and wine, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal experience is a sensory one. Be sure to sample the region’s most fabulous labels at the Wine Bar, while the two restaurants provide unique settings for ambient meals. The self-titled Marques de Riscal Restaurant has a Michelin star to its name, and the exciting cuisine of Chef Francis Paniego is accompanied by a choice of up to 200 fine vintage wines. The dining room combines heady, wall-to-wall reds with pristine white table cloths, but you can opt to dine on the terrace amid spectacular vistas over the vineyards to the mountains behind. Bistro 1860 Restaurant is a more casual setting for local Spanish cuisine with a modern twist, where the Chef’s Table offers a unique opportunity to observe the kitchen staff at work. If possible, even better views can be sought on the terraces and at the rooftop library lounge, where beverages are served as you browse reading material on La Rioja’s wine-producing history. Continue your wine-themed experience at Hotel Marqués de Riscal’s Spa Vinothérapie, where the essence of grape is used in health and beauty treatments, including barrel baths for hydro-massage sessions enriched with vine extracts. A lovely addition to the service is access to bicycles, which you can take on gentle rambles through the delightful countryside. It is well worth taking a tour of the Marqués de Riscal’s prestigious winery, where visitors can learn about traditional wine-making methods and end with a wine tasting session.

    Location

    Elciego

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    Bilbao Airport, 82 miles

    Closest airport

    Bilbao Airport

    Room types

    Hotel Marques de Riscal offers 43 rooms and suites with king size bed, high speed WiFi, flatscreen satellite TV with pay-per-view movies and music and CD player.
    Deluxe Spa Wing
    Premium Spa Wing
    Deluxe Gehry Wing
    Premium Gehry Wing
    Executive Suite
    Gehry Suite

    Hotel facilities and services

    Café, Restaurant, Library lounge, Wine bar, Spa, Bicycles. 

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Tours and wine tasting sessions at the Marques de Riscal winery, just a few minutes' walk from the hotel. Other wineries within a few miles include Bodegas Baigorri, a contemporary winery where visitors can learn about modern techniques, Bodegas Ysios, another design masterpiece with innovative architecture. Also nearby are the medieval town of Laguardia, the historic city of Logroño over the border in La Rioja and Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country.

    Sports nearby

    Walking, Cycling.

    Children

    Minimum stays

    Other information

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