Rioja Rules:: Elciego, Spain

As if it isn’t enough to be located right in the heart of the Rioja wine region, The Hotel Marques de Riscal, a member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection was also designed by icon Frank O. Gehry.
So expect rooms ( only 43) filled with hip, unique design element yet offering supreme comfort: a superb bed, a pillow menu (to special order which type of pillow you want), a rain forest shower, free wireless internet, a bottle of 2001 reserve Marques de Riscal, a fruit basket, candy, etc.
And of course, wine is everywhere….from your sweeping views of the vineyards, to your choice of two restaurants which provide traditional Basque cuisine paired with local wines, winery tours, and various wine therapy skin treatments.

Tip: Don’t miss a trip to the Vivanco vineyards (25 minutes away). They have a top-notch wine museum.


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