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“Worth a visit!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Viura
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
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
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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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
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Thank Colin C
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Toowoomba, Australia
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164 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Henley-on-Thames UK
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23 reviews
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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
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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
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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
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Thank Lissa C
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madrid
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144 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

A true gem. The hotel is a very fashionable piece of modern arquitechture, in the middle of an old spanish village. Rooms are wide and spacious, and decoration has a taste of the wine culture. As the only con, we missed a little of attention on arrival, someone to take care and bring our baggages to the room.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

During the summer we spent a few days in the Rioja Alavesa region and searched for a different but luxurious hotel. We found Viura and had a few very good days there.
Location: The hotel is situated next to the village church and square in Villabuena. It is a great location for exploring the wine region. The village is also interesting because it is said that it has the highest density of bodegas compared with how many inhabitants...
Reception: Very kind and helpful!
Rooms: Big and spacious, simple style, built with concrete. Maybe not everyones's taste, but I loved it!
Bar: Great service, be sure to use the spectacular roof terrace.
Breakfast: Not up to the standard of the hotel. This both goes for the assortment and for the unskilled staff.
Dinner: At Viura they serve a Tasting Menu. It was very good priced. We payed 70 €. The quality was good, but not fantastic. Great service by a young lady from Korea!
Pool: There is no pool at the hotel, but you get access to the village pool through the hotel.
Internet: Free wifi.
Winebar: There is a great venue just outside the back door where we tasted some very nice wines. If you are lucky like we were you will get the opportunity to talk to some of the owners' of the bodegas in the village! Just over the village square is the village pub; a very different experience...
Final note: When we were there they did not honor our SLH membership.
Hope to come again sometime soon!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Viura
Address: Calle Mayor s/n, 01307 Villabuena de Alava, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Alava > 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*
Number of rooms: 53
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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