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“Excellent wine country location”
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Hotel Viura
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

The hotel Viura is a unique and eclectic hotel in the middle of the Rioja wine region.
It is very convenient to the multitude of nearby Bodegas (make reservations in advance). The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The rooms were large and very comfortable. Dinner was excellent with a large wine selection. Would definately stay here again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This was the first of a couple of surprising finds in the Rioja area. All designed by major architects. Being accustomed to older chateaux and mansions in the French wine regions, in the Rioja they have dared to be different. Of course Frank Gehry's Marques de Rincal, but also Calatrava's Ysios winery and this fun hotel. The service, rooms, bed, location were all impeccable. Our restaurant meal started out with a delicious first course; however we found the main dish (fish) slightly undercooked for our taste. They took it back without any problem and served a new one.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I am surprised by some of the reviews. This hotel had large beautiful modern rooms, great service and food and was reasonably priced in a perfect location to visit wineries. My husband is an architect and LOVED the juxtaposition of this modern hotel in a small historic village. We had a room with a balcony looking back on the city. We spent three nights and went wine tasting during the day (Bodegas Muga, Baiggori, Benjamin Romeo, Marques de Riscal and Bodegas Ysios) all within a 30 min drive or less-The hotel can email a list. One night we went to Logrono to the famous street Calle Lauren for tapas !!!The bartender was great and hotel staff friendly and helpful. The rooftop deck amazing to take in a siesta or have a glass of wine and watch the sunset. The gentleman in the wine bar attached took us to the caves below and offered us free tastings of some of the Rioja wines. This hotel deserves a 5 Star rating.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

The hotel is hip and funky, which is fun, but it was all a little odd. The village is fairly charmless with no restaurants or bars so the hotel is your only option. That said the hotel food and wine was perfectly fine, the breakfast was very good.
The rooms were spacious and comfortable.
The location was good in terms of exploring the region.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Weird...almost "The Kings New Clothes" scenario. Hotel looks really out of place in this small old world Spanish village & seems as if it perhaps tried to match the much grander, more artistically designed Marques de Riscal hotel in nearby Elciego( which was full of American tourists when we called in...a good reason not to stay there?) Despite its "edgy" design, we really felt that Viura lacks a definite something...in fact some rooms/areas look like the builders ran out of time or money & just went home, leaving it unfinished. Breakfast was a real struggle...we had to ask for each item, ie tea please, milk please,butter please, toast please..they were brought separately, which added to the long wait to be served....it was an odd experience! We wouldn't return here! But we loved the tapas bars in Logrono.

Room Tip: We were told we had been given an upgrade...but we overlooked the car park & had no balcony!??
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

We chose this hotel because it was an SLH in the middle of the Rioja wine country. It was a good location to explore this part of Spain. There is really nothing in this little town other than the hotel, but it made a good base. The design is very modern, and a bit "edgy", but we enjoyed it, and the rooms were comfortable. Hallways are "blackboards" with room numbers written in chalk; rooms are concrete with modern furniture. However, everything was functional. Great bed & shower. The room was very quiet, so good sleep quality. I had been concerned about the concrete hard surfaces being noisy, but it was not. It was cold and rainy when we visited, and we had to ask for the heat to be turned on for our floor. After that, it was cozy. Breakfast was a small buffet, but good. This is a good place; off-the-beaten track. Staff was helpful in recommending restaurants and touring the area.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Hard to find but worth it when you get there. Avant garde modern hotel, reached down narrow twisting roads through an ancient village.
Weird architecture. Walls all at odd angles. From the outside it looks like a pile of mis-shaped Lego bricks. But hidden at the bottom of a V shape valley - yet against a steep a cliffside.
Quirky. Gold barrels on ceiling of dining room downstairs. Excellent food.
Bedroom numbers chalked on black walls of corridors. Something to delight and surprise at every turn.
Bedrooms with everything you could think of. The triple luxury room we had included a glass sided central bath - not ideal for a family of three - and the open bath bedroom and terrace were overlooked by half the locals! Church next door. Bizarre but all good fun.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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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: $123 - $247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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