, c/ Mayor s/n, Villabuena de Alava.
Hotel Viura is a brand new hotel that really is like no other. As the architect eschewed all thoughts of vertical and horizontal, he created an ultra-modern fantasy that sits remarkably easily alongside an ultra-traditional church in the centre of the village of Villabuena de Alava. The tumbling pile of superimposed blocks is liberally sprinkled with balconies, terraces and huge windows that all make the most of the views of the village and the surrounding scenery.
Inside, the hotel is just slightly more conventional, with stylish contemporary furnishings and materials giving an atmosphere of unadulterated luxury. For relaxing, there is the spacious bar, the lounge and library or the glorious outside terraces with their views of the nearby church of San Andrés and the distant Sierra de Cantabria mountains. For those of a more energetic disposition, the hotel has its own gym.
The spacious bedrooms all reflect the same high levels of design value, as well as comprehensive facilities like wi-fi internet, flatscreen television with DVD, and a minibar. As one might expect here in the heart of Spain's most prominent wine-region, there is a selection of Rioja wines in the minibar as well as free bottles of still and sparkling water.
Situated in Villabuena de Álava in the Rioja Alavesa, Viura is a perfect base for discovering La Rioja. It is only 10 minutes away from such famous wine cellars as Ysios and Marqués de Riscal.
The monochromatic decor of the elegant restaurant is softened by the rich oak of the wine barrels suspended from the ceiling and the huge panoramic windows. Meals are a gastronomic delight of Riojan and Basque cuisine with some extra creative touches as one would expect from such an avant gard hotel. Equally to be expected in the centre of La Rioja is the fantastic wine list supervised by the hotel’s own sommelier who can also provide guests with a personal wine-tasting.
Out and About
All sorts of wine-related activities
Hot-air balloon trips
Light aircraft excursions
Places to visit:
Yuso and Suso monasteries - birthplace of the Spanish language
Sanctuary of Valvanera
Church of Santa María La Real, Najera
Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Pre-historic dinosaur footprints
Room Facilities: Safety Deposit Box, Air Conditioning, Desk, Heating, Interconnecting Room(s) available, Hairdryer, Bathrobe, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bath or Shower, Additional Toilet, Telephone, DVD Player, Satellite Channels, Cable Channels, Laptop Safe Box, Flat-screen TV, Minibar, Wake Up Service/Alarm Clock
Room Size: 25 square metres Bed Size(s): 2 Single Or 1 Large double
The Deluxe Rooms all have views of the village centre or the mountains.
Room Facilities: View, Telephone, DVD Player, Satellite Channels, Cable Channels, Laptop Safe Box, Flat-screen TV, Safety Deposit Box, Air Conditioning, Desk, Heating, Interconnecting Room(s) available, Hairdryer, Bathrobe, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bath or Shower, Additional Toilet, Minibar, Wake Up Service/Alarm Clock
Room Size: 30 square metres Bed Size(s): 2 Single Or 1 Large double
The Suites are elegant and spacious rooms with a separate living room and a private terrace with stunning views of the village and the Cantabrian mountains.
Room Facilities: Private terrace, Views, Individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, Nespresso and complimentary coffee, Minibar with wine from the region (Designation of Origin) chosen by our sommelier, Complimentary still and sparkling water, 32” Flat-screen TV with international channels, Blu-ray player, DVD player and movies in various languages, Electronic safety box, Underfloor heating in the bathroom, Bath and shower, Hair dryer and vanity mirror
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
|I thought that we may regret staying in a village and that maybe we should have been in a town where we could wander and eat in local places - however, this was not the case. This is the perfect place to stay after wandering around Rioja all day. The hotel is situated in the middle of vineyards, it is so pretty. Totally relaxing and quiet. A quirky hotel set in a village with 42 vineyards to wander to - some of the smaller ones and also some of the major larger ones - the hotel will arrange tasting tours of the Bodegas and suggest places for lunch or dinner.|
Room - We upgraded our room to a suite with a terrace - the room was huge with a large comfy bed, nespresso machine, lovely bathroom. Though actually we didn't use our terrace very much as we discovered the roof terrace! A great place to relax /sunbathe/read - this became our tradition at the end of each afternoon to relax on a large lounger with a bottle of cava!
Breakfast - a fairly limited selection but good - pastries, bread, fruit, yoghurt and eggs with bacon or sausages. Freshly squeezed juice.
Dinner - we had the tasting menu on our first evening. It would have been nice to have been shown a menu beforehand so that we knew what we were eating as the descriptions on serving were very basic. We found out later that another table had been served a completely different tasting menu which seems bizarre. The portions were large for a tasting menu so it was very good value but some of the dishes, had I known what was coming, I would have asked to swap
We ate from the a la carte menu on one other evening and the food was excellent. Wine list is amazing with lots of local wines. We were given a tour of their wine cellar/cave which was fascinating.
One negative comment is that, whilst the front of house restaurant staff are wonderful, they have a few inexperienced young staff. The reception staff were extremely helpful.
I would highly recommend this hotel for a Rioja trip. We had a few visits to Haro and Logrono which were enjoyable but this is such a special location, basically sat in the middle of the vineyards.
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Placing such extravagant contemporary architecture alongside a 16th century church and the rest of the village could have been a disaster. Instead it is an aesthetic triumph.