In July 2009, I went to this hotel with my husband. It is without a doubt the perfect destination to relax and enjoy the sensations that the land of vineyards and its fruits offers us.
This small and welcoming rural hotel is located in a lovely small village of the Upper Rioja. Everything, from the name of the rooms to the activities and programs, are directly related to the world of wine, it couldn't be otherwise.
The rooms have sloping ceilings but are not uncomfortable, with a very rural style of stone and wood... All in all, very romantic!
The strongest point of the hotel is without a doubt the restaurant. Definitely. If you happen to go there, do not miss out on having dinner in "La Cocina de Merche". The elaborations are classical but with modern touches... The products (mostly vegetables) stand out for their high quality.
If the weather is good enough you should have breakfast in the garden... (we had to ask for it, but there was no problem at all and they were nice enough to prepare everything for us).
We enjoyed a two-days program including dinners and breakfasts as well as a guided visit (with wine tasting) to the close vineyards owned by the owner of the hotel. I highly recommend it.
To conclude, I will comment on some elements to take into account:
- The village is very small, there is no bar, no grocery shop or restaurant (except the one of the hotel). If you need anything you will have to take the car to the closest village (Labastida, at approximately 8 km.).
- The city of Haro is very close by. I recommend visiting it, as well as the village of Briones.