Hotel Marques de Riscal Elciego, Spain
Gehry’s Spanish wonder in Rioja
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...