Ho­tel Marques de Ris­cal El­ciego, Spain

Gehry’s Span­ish won­der in Rioja

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Gehry had a love af­fair with Spain af­ter de­sign­ing the Guggen­heim mu­seum in Bil­bao and just couldn’t help him­self in Elt­ciego, also in the Basque coun­try. Again, pulling off the un­think­able, he de­signed a mod­ern take on cas­tles of old in a coun­try chock full of me­dieval, breath­tak­ing beau­ties-turned­lux­ury digs. Few ho­tels will take your breath away quite like Ho­tel Mar­qués de Ris­cal, named af­ter the vine­yard it graces. Yes, we said wine. Set in a world-class wine re­gion, a stone’s throw from Rioja, you’ll also be wrapped, slathered and bathed in the elixir at their deca­dent Cau­dalie Vinother­a­pie spa. Just try to choose your favourite from lux­u­ri­ous bar­rel baths, crushed Caber­net scrubs, and wine and honey wraps. A mar­vel from a mar­vel––win­ner of the Pritzker Prize, ar­chi­tec­ture’s high­est hon­our; the Ja­panese Pre­mium Im­pe­ri­ale; and the AIA Gold Medal, the top trib­ute of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects––at last you have a Gehry to call home at the 43-room re­treat into art and de­sign. En­joy stun­ning views of the gor­geous Basque land­scape at ceil­ing-to-floor win­dows. The Gehry Suite of­fers views of the me­dieval city in­clud­ing its church and sweep­ing vis­tas of El­ciego vil­lage. ho­tel-mar­ques­deriscal.com

From top, Lobby of Ho­tel Mar­qués de Ris­cal, named af­ter the vine­yard it graces; gor­geous ex­te­rior of the ho­tel Op­po­site clock­wise from top left, spec­tac­u­lar lobby of Royal Man­sour; the ho­tel’s larger-than-life en­trance; so­phis­ti­cated and re­fined...

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