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Frank Gehry in La Rioja

You may like or hate the buildings designed by Frank Gehry, but one thing is for certain, you will always notice them. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, The Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the Dancing House in Prague and the Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, La Rioja in Spain. The latter was commissioned by the Marques de Riscal Winery and was built on its grounds. It is surprising how such a modern structure manages to blend in with the sorrounding countryside. To stay in the hotel is quite an experience and, if you can, you have to stay in the main building. The hotel has a spa where you can indulge in wine based treatments and the price of the room includes a guided tour of the Marques de Riscal Winery and a wine tasting at the end. Ideally you will visit during the vintage when the grapes are picked.
The Hotel Marqués de Riscal  is part of the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection.

Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Vine leaf

Grapes

Detail - Hotel Marqués de Risca

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