During our holiday in the Northern part of Spain we didn’t only set ourselves the goal of enjoying the beautiful surroundings and the delicious food, but also to come back home with a car full of boxes of wine. We decided to take it easy in Haro, because it’s a bit to touristy (as well the prices). But as soon you visit the surrounded smaller villages, you’re guaranteed to find beautiful pearls against a good price. Collecting wines is a hobby. It takes time, money, and effort, but in the end it’s a nice investment with a beautiful memory. We will probably continue this throughout our life.
And so we decided to continue our wine trip, after a few wonderful days in Parador de Los Agustinos in wine capital Haro, towards the picturesque village of Villabuena de Álava, where we had booked our next stay at Hotel Viura. This beautifully designed hotel is surrounded by vineyards and bodegas of Rioja and is one of the main attractions of the village. When you enter the narrow streets full of Spanish little houses, you’ll be soon particularly surprised as this impressive building comes into your sights.
Hotel Viura, designed by Spanish architects Designhouses, is a rather unusual boutique hotel with striking architecture. The fanciful exterior consists of a number of extra large cubes that seem to overlap haphazardly, creating different geometrical shapes.
The interior is strikingly modern with a playful nod to authentic elements from the world of wine. Wine plays an important role not only in the environment, but also in the hotel. In addition to a luxury restaurant, you will also find an atmospheric wine bar, where you can taste the most exclusive and local wines from the region. Something that we certainly looked forward to when we had booked our stay for this hotel.
When you stay at Hotel Viura, you really come to rest. The rooms are spacious, equipped with all comforts and also provide access to a private outdoor terrace. The hotel has also several public areas, where you can work, read a book or can do some sport activities.
The public roof terrace on top of the hotel, which I think is one of the most nicest places of the hotel, offers you a great view over the village surrounded by the mountains of Rioja. While Lara was sleeping peacefully in our room with the baby monitor on, Ralf and I spent a nice evening together with a bottle of good wine under a sky full of stars. Something you really have to experience when you stay in this hotel.
When you’re on a wine holiday in Rioja and want to look for a special and somewhat ‘luxurious’ place to sleep, we would certainly recommend this place. Not only because its a wonderful stay with a great service, but even the location is very favorable compared to other wine villages and bodegas in the area.
This wine region is famous for it’s exclusive accommodations and Hotel Viura is definitely one of them. Just search online for ‘Design boutique hotels Spain, Rioja‘ and a whole list is guaranteed. All architectural delights amidst the vineyards with sometimes their own bodega on the side. Such as the famous Marqués de Riscal, designed by Frank Gehry and the hypermodern Finca de los Arandinos, our next stay on only half an hour away from Villabuena de Álava.
Time to spend a few more days in this area and to get even more closer to the vineyards.
If you would like to have more information about Hotel Viura or want to book a room, please visit their website.