Hotel Viura

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Whimsical, avant-garde and utterly fantastic, Hotel Viura encapsulates the creative spirit and ingenuity of one of the world’s most celebrated wine producing regions, Rioja Alavesa. A seemingly never-ending network of earth-tone cubes rising from a sea of red tile roofs, Hotel Viura is a beacon of modernity amidst the nostalgic expanses of a traditional Spanish campo. From exaggerated plate glass windows, French doors and grid-like terraces and balconies, the breathtaking vineyard laden hills of Rioja, the rugged Sierra de Cantabria mountains, and the neighboring 16th century San Andrés Church, can be spied from every angle, allowing guests to marvel at the scenic majesty that abounds.

The perfect anchor for exploring the marvelous bodegas of Rioja wine country, like Ysios and Marqués de Riscal, Hotel Viura is nestled in Villabuena de Álava, a short distance from the town of Logroño and a segment of the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route. A total of 33 chic rooms outfitted in contemporary décor bathe guests in an intoxicating light that emanates from floor to ceiling windows, while the hotel’s warm character beckons travelers to immediately relax and feel at home. Modern amenities and hospitable touches like complimentary access to wireless Internet, soft drinks from the minibar, free use of the hotel gym and local swimming pool, and free bicycle rentals, are intended to cultivate a sumptuous stay for any visitor.

The hotel also features amenities that would delight even the most discerning gastronome and oenophile. The menu at Hotel Viura’s inspired restaurant is a celebration of Riojan and Basque cuisine, where diners can enjoy not only a sensation of flavors but also a unique ambiance made possible by large wine barrels suspended overhead and great picture windows that look out onto the garden.