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“Great hotel in the middle of silence” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Viura
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Mayor s/n, 01307 Villabuena de Alava, Spain   |  
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Great hotel in the middle of silence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed in this unique hotel while we were making our Northern Spain Tour.It is in a small town next to a small church.Ultra modern architecture of the hotel and charming old church makes great contrast.I really enjoyed the silence of the night while we were having our wine at hotel's bar.Hotel staff are very friendly like most of the Spanish people.Our room was big and very silent so we slept very peacefully. If you are visiting La Rioja area which is great place for wine and history lovers,definitely worth to stay in this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We booked the gastrotour package including the wine tasting menu in Viura. The hotel is located quite hidden in the small village Villabuena. The architecture is super modern. Lots of concrete combined with accessories that bring more warmth and cosiness into the interior. The superior room we had was very spacious with a full window front. However bathroom and toilet is just seperated by a curtain - something I still find weird. The wine tasting dinner in the restaurant was OK but for the given price I would have expected much more. We also had the feeling that dinner was kind of pushed through. They only served wine from winerys of the village - which in general is OK - but it would have been nice to exeprience some contrasts too by tasting wines from other areas of La Rioja. Breakfast was fine and of good quality. Even the breakfast area was nice and warm enough for us. As we were there to explore La Rioja we spent only the nights in the hotel. Otherwise it could become a bit boring.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights in September '12 and would recommend the hotel if you are visiting the beautiful Rioja region.
Great design and very comfortable room (we took a suite with a terrace). The communal roof terrace is a cool place to hang out day or night. However, the food isn't great and the breakfast is a bit ordinary. They somehow haven't managed to create a warm ambiance in the restaurant.
Also, be aware that there is nothing else to do in the village, so plan for a relaxing afternoon on the roof! The communcal pool was closed when we visiting. All in all, worth a short stay!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Definitely the oddest building I've stayed in - from the outside. Inside, our room was well decorated, nice and sizeable and very comfortable. Lots of balcony space for sunbathing too. No pool, but we used the municipal one next door which was fine. The town is very quiet - not much going on - but very picturesque. Dinner was enjoyable - very friendly staff.
Communal areas - particularly the open space and terrace on the roof - were great.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toowoomba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Great design to look at, but function suffers a bit! Bathrooms small and variable (according to other couples in our group). Good for young (or young at heart)couples. Enjoyed the bar and restaurant immensely but found the brekfast environment to be cold and wierd - might be a cultural thing!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I struggle to think of a hotel I've enjoyed staying at so much. One of the few design hotels where the reality really lives up to the photos on the website. This is uncompromising modern design, but with warmth and personal touches that make it very special. We had 2 nights there and ate there both nights. The food is good, perhaps not up to the ambitions of whoever writes the menu and sets the prices, but enjoyable all the same, and overall it was a joy to while away a couple of evenings there, on the roof terrace overlooking the town and in the bar with the friendly staff chatting away. Couldn't recommend the place more.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We were really excited for this stop in our Spain journey - and particularly about staying at this hotel. Unfortunately we did not have a great time here and ended up leaving to go stay at the Marques de Riscal. The hotel itself was beautiful, but our problems were that the staff was unfriendly and just not that helpful; the rooms were pretty, but the hotel itself is loud and you can hear everything in the hallway going on; the restaurant had 'ok' food but, again, the staff was not helpful...they were really slow and ignored us half the time. We went in August, so there was not a lot to do in the town. They are attached to a neighborhood community pool which they allow you to use but it's constantly filled with children. There's just one restaurant on the premises and no spa. Wish we would have had a better experience here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Mayor s/n, 01307 Villabuena de Alava, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Alava Province > Villabuena de Alava
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Villabuena de Alava
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Viura 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Composed of whimsically superimposed cubes that seem to surge forcefully from the centre of the earth; punctuated by French windows that flood the rooms with views of the relaxing scenery. Situated in Villabuena de Álava in the Rioja Alavesa, Viura is perfect as a base for discovering La Rioja. Only 20 minutes away from Logroño and from Haro and 10 minutes from such emblematic wine cellars as Ysios and Marqués de Riscal. In addition to its magnificent restaurant, the bar, a fine old wine cellar and a gymnasium, Viura has wonderful terraces on the top floor with panoramic views of the San Andrés Church, built between 1538 and 1728, and of all the mountains of the Sierra de Cantabria. All hotel guests have at their disposal, without any charge, wireless internet connection, soft drinks from the mini-bar, gym access, bicycles and parking. The hotel also offers dvd players and a wide range of movies on DVD, for free. ... more   less 
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