World’s most unusual hotels: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

World’s most unusual hotels: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

The world’s most unusual hotels

This pad, in the Spanish medieval town of Elciego, is an absolute cracker. Designed by Frank Gehry, the Hotel Marques de Riscal brims with architectural pomp. It’s an imposing work of art, rising from the ground with zigzag windows, cavernous rooms, and bespoke detailing. Let’s take a sneaky peek inside…


Check out the wine bar below, ticking off just about every viticulture nation. Here punters can pull up a pew and sip their way through fine vintages and the best wines of Marques de Riscal. Elsewhere, you can tuck into haute cuisine in the Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant. It’s very ‘cheffy’ and goes all out with tasting menus taking you from ‘fresh grass’ and salt-baked beetroot with earth and cuttlefish tagliatelle, to chocolate and pepper.


Rooms are stripped back with a neutral palette – in complete contrast to the façade that’s punching well above its weight. Don’t miss a retox sundown session on the hotel’s rooftop terrace whilst mingling with the modish set – the views, and the potent cocktails, are top-notch.


A destination in its own right, the Hotel Marques de Riscal is confident, as shiny as a pin and will give you some very envy-inducing Instagram shots. Go on…



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