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About La Rioja

A northern Spanish region famed for its rich red wines, La Rioja is a brilliant destination for keen foodies. It’s also on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and hikers from across the world follow age-old paths through the region’s red earth each year. Set under dazzling blue skies, La Rioja’s picturesque villages, towns and cities are also home to a burgeoning number of charming accommodation options, many of which are converted mansions or monasteries. Whether you’re dreaming of the ultimate wine country holiday or trekking to Santiago de Compostela, the best places to stay in La Rioja await.

Logroño, the region’s capital, is a gastronomic hotspot, with countless bars and eateries specialising in fabulous tapas — accompanied, of course, by wonderful wine. Particular cultural highlights include the impressive Co-cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda, and the fascinating Museo de la Rioja. Don’t miss ambling along the Ebro River, or taking a scenic boat trip. For an insight into Spain’s ancient traditions of pilgrimage, walk part of the Camino route or head to the well-known Cathedral de Santo Domingo de la Calzada, 45 minutes west of Logroño.

Most travellers, however, will be drawn to La Rioja by its world-class wineries. Centred around the vast plains of the Ebro Valley, the region has three wine-producing micro-climates. The northern Rioja Alavesa and the Rioja Alta are both planted with Tempranillo vines; the latter are left to mature for longer, creating a spicier flavour. The Rioja Baja, on the other hand, is dominated by Garnacha grapes, producing the darker wines which come to mind for more international drinkers of Rioja. Enjoy tours and tastings at large wineries and tiny family-owned bodegas, cycling or walking between them. Many are within easy reach of the best places to stay in La Rioja — some of which also have their own vineyards.

The Best Places to Stay in La Rioja

For Foodies

  • Hotel Eucharren boasts four restaurants, one of which — El Portal — has been awarded two Michelin stars for its innovative gastronomic menu. Foodies need look no further for La Rioja's best flavours. Also a fabulous hotel with light-filled contemporary interiors.
  • Eguren Ugarte is one of Europe's oldest family-owned wineries. Opened in 1870, this Rioja-producing vineyard has a long and illustrious history. It's also home to a statement hotel with marvellous vineyard views from smart modern rooms. The gourmet restaurant pairs delightful dishes with world-class wines, many of which are produced on site.
  • Hospederia de los Parajes is a lovely hotel in the heart of La Rioja's wine country. Featuring indulgent guest rooms, a soothing spa with bespoke wine treatments and two excellent restaurants, it's a brilliant wine country base for foodies. The menu features top local produce, and the team are happy to speak to food-focused guests about sourcing and cooking. Family owned and friendly.

For Heritage Charm

  • Palacio de Casafuerte is a beautiful 15th-century building in Zarratón. Original period features remain with antique furnishings and beamed ceilings. The restaurant specialises in hearty regional cuisine, paired with local wine.
  • Castillo El Collado has a fairytale feel, with rooms themed around 'Love and Madness' or inspired by legends such as that of Neptune. Expect carved antique beds, chandeliers, rich textiles and colourful tiles. The ideal refuge for history buffs on a wine tour.
  • Hospederia Señorío Briñas is a converted 18th-century palace in the pretty town of Briñas. One of the first rural hotels to open in the area, it has an appealingly laid-back feel and affordable prices. The wonders of the wine region are on your doorstep.
  • Hospedería Señorío de Casalarreina has 15 characterful rooms in a restored 16th-century building on the La Rioja wine route. Rooms have exposed stone walls, high beamed ceilings and big antique beds, whilst stone bathrooms have quirky sinks and big tubs. Pick this B&B for the heritage feel and the affordable rates. Wine tastings can be arranged.
  • Real Casona de las Amas is an enchanting 17th-century mansion with charmingly old-fashioned rooms featuring rich draped textiles, wooden beams and antique furnishings. Sink into whirlpool bathtubs, put your feet up in the library or sip a cool glass of wine at the bar. A whimsical old-world hotel.
  • Los Agustinos began life as a 14th-century convent, and the building retains much of its original charm. The elegant restaurant, with high stone arches and a vaulted glass ceiling, is the hub of the hotel and offers an excellent wine list. For heritage buffs.

For Contemporary Style

  • Marques de Vallejo offers chic, modern interiors tucked behind a historic façade in Logroño. Bedrooms are light and airy, decorated in light soothing tones, whilst communal areas are inspired by the rich colours of the region's wine. Savour a fresh take on local cuisine at the restaurant, and step outside to discover the city centre.
  • Hotel Pura Vida, in the pretty village of Valgenon, has chic modern rooms with parquet flooring and beds topped with crisp white linens. An owner-run boutique bolthole, it also offers an attractive garden terrace for soaking up the sunshine after days of wine tastings and walks, as well as a restaurant and bar.
  • Sercotel Calle Mayor, also in Logroño, has been carefully converted from a 16th-century palace into a cool contemporary hotel with exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and minimalist modern design elements. Pick this place for its refreshing feel, excellent restaurant and superb old town location.

For Designer Luxury

  • Finca de los Arandinos is a minimalist contemporary hotel with a striking white-painted exterior. Set amidst rolling vineyards, the hotel has sleek rooms and suites, an extensive spa and an excellent restaurant. An indulgent choice for fans of ultra-modern architecture and design.
  • Hotel Viura has swish guestrooms set inside an unusual building of whimscially superimposed cubes, with enormous windows framing views of the historic village. The gourmet restaurant specialises in Basque-Riojan cuisine, and there's an extensive wine cellar. A romantic pick featuring bold architecture.
  • Hotel Marques de Riscal is a dazzling futuristic property, designed by architect Frank Gehry of Guggenheim Museum fame. Art aficionados will be thrilled with the striking metallic exteriors, as well as the spacious suites with rural views. Expect a superb spa, delightful restaurant and exceptional service. One-of-a-kind rural luxury.

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Travel Information

  • Fly to Logroño–Agoncillo Airport, offering connections to destinations across Spain. For international flights, consider Bilbao Airport, 1.5 hours' drive away. Hop aboard a bus, catch a train or take a taxi to your destination from either airport. Many hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick up in advance.
  • La Rioja is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect warm and sunny summers, with temperatures averaging at around 20°C - 24°C between June and August. Do be aware that this is peak season for holidaymakers. For fewer crowds and great hotel deals, travel in April, May or late September; the harvest season is very special.

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Best Hotels in La Rioja

  • Marques de Vallejo Logroño (La Rioja) 51 rooms from £56

    Sights nearby  -  Santa María de la Redonda Cathedral is 40 metres away whilst Iglesia de San Bartolome is nearby.
    Great walks  -  Logroño is located along the famous pilgrim's route, the Camino de Santiago.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
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    18th century exterior; 21st century interior. Communal areas are decorated in the dark, brooding colours of the wine the region is famous for. Bedrooms are light and bright with modern furnishings and bathrooms. There is a gourmet restaurant serving a fresh take on local cuisine. One for foodies! See More

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  • Los Agustinos Haro, La Rioja 62 rooms from £67

    Sights nearby  -  The 'space age' Dinastía Vivanco museum is just a few kilometres drive away.
    Full of character
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    Located in La Rioja region of Spain this property is all about the wine. Beginning life in the 14th century as a convent it still maintains huge stone arches with the impressive addition of a vaulted glass ceiling. Rooms are traditional with bright floral fabrics. There is a bar, restaurant and gym. See More

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  • Hospederia Casalarreina La Rioja 15 rooms from £72

    Romantic Break  -  Elegant rooms, an historic local town to explore, wine tasting trips and beautiful cycling routes
    Sights nearby  -  Logroño, Haro, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Vitoria
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Traditional
    Air conditioningSpaGardenPet friendly

    An elegant hotel in a 16th century building. Enchanting rooms have wooden beams, wall paintings, antiques, and all the mod cons. Spa, gardens and lovely bar area. A magical choice for exploring this rich region of Spain. See More

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  • Hospederia Senorio de Brinas La Rioja 20 rooms from £74

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed along the wine trail for exploring the region of La Rioja.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the scenic walking path that runs besides the Ebro River.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the monasteries of Yuso and Suso.
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    An atmospheric property well placed in a scenic spot along the wine trail. Traditional rooms are individually styled and feature antiques, warm hues, polished wooden floors and exposed stonework. Feast on regional dishes served alongside excellent wines and unwind in the indulgent spa. See More

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  • Hotel Calle Mayor Logroño 12 rooms from £76

    Local exploring  -  Right in the historic centre of Logroño, perfect for exploring the sights by foot and soaking up the atmosphere.
    City Style  -  A 16th century palace, expertly renovated with minimalist contemporary design features and bold use of colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Just two minute from the Parque del Ebro, and within easy walking distance of all the main sights.
    Great walks  -  Head off and explore the historic old city centre, there is plenty to see and do.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A contemporary conversion of a 16th century palace, in the heart of Logroño’s historic centre. Chic minimalist rooms feature bold modern design, stark colour contrasts and parquet floors. The lounge-bar area is perfect for pre dinner drink, and the breakfast buffet is worth getting up for. See More

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  • Hotel Pura Vida La Rioja 8 rooms from £81

    Active Holiday  -  There are a number of outdoor pursuits in the local area, including riding, skiing, hiking and biking
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the mystical Suso and Yoso monasteries which are a short drive from the hotel
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Boutique
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Located in the peaceful village of Valgenon, this small B&B is a stylish den from which to explore the surrounding area. The light rooms feature parquet flooring, linen draped four-poster beds and modern art. With a pretty garden and massage options on demand, this is an undeniably relaxing stay! See More

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  • Hotel Viura Eskuernaga, La Rioja 33 rooms from £86

    Wine tasting  -  Located in the heart of Rioja wine country. There are regular tastings on site, plus visits can easily be arranged
    Architectural  -  Avant Garde architecture
    Swimming Pool  -  A public swimming pool attached to the property is open during summer months. Guests have free access.
    Views  -  Enjoy the views from the rooftop terrace with a glass of something cold
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, Small Luxury Hotels

    An unusual contemporary design hotel in the Rioja region. Sleek modern rooms and suites with all the mod cons and private balconies. Excellent restaurant, garden and pool, and plenty to explore in the region. A romantic country escape for wine lovers. See More

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  • Palacio de casafuerte Zarratón La Rioja 5 rooms from £95

    Foodies  -  La Rioja region is famed for wine and the restaurant serves a great selection of this alongside traditional cuisine.
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to explore la Rioja region.
    Full of character
    Traditional
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    A striking 15th-century building packed with original features. Five well-proportioned rooms with high beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls. A large restaurant, ideal for events, specialises in local cuisine and wines. Well positioned to explore the region. A charming option. See More

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  • Castillo el Collado Alava, La Rioja 10 rooms from £108

    Local exploring  -  Historic Laguardia, with the stunning Church of Santa Maria de los Reyes, riding trips through vineyards and walks by lagoons
    Wine tasting  -  With nine vineyards in the vicinity, this is an unmissable spot for exploring the rich region
    Views  -  Sierra de Cantabria
    Full of character
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    An enchanting castle hotel in the Basque countryside. Unique and elegant rooms are filled with exposed stone walls, antiques and canopy beds. Excellent regional cuisine, fragrant gardens and a lovely terrace with stunning views. A delightful choice for a weekend break. See More

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  • Real Casona de las Amas La Rioja 16 rooms from £128

    Local exploring  -  A region rich with culture, as well as the home of Rioja wine. Monastries, abbies and vineyards
    Sights nearby  -  Guggenheim museum in Bilbao is one hour away, Monastry in San Millan de la Cogolla
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Traditional
    SpaSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel, Tablet

    An elegant hotel in a former 17th century palace. Rooms are traditional, with antique furniture, rustic accessories, and bathrooms with whirlpool baths. Spa, a library and a charming old-world bar. An enchanting, historic and cultural choice for exploring this lovely region. See More

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  • Hospederia de los parajes Laguardia, La Rioja 18 rooms from £115

    Local exploring  -  It's an ideal base for exploring Laguardia and its surrounding countryside of vineyards, medieval towns and villages
    Foodies  -  Food pairing courses, wine tasting and hot air balloon excursions to see the vineyards
    Restaurant  -  There are two restaurants here, both offering the best local traditional cuisine, but one is more formal!
    Sights nearby  -  Palaces and prehistoric remains at the town of La Hoya, and wander the streets of medieval Laguardia.
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    Gorgeous historic property in Rioja wine country. Rooms have wooden beamed ceilings, stone walls, chandeliers and hot tub tubs. Superb spa with aromatherapy, wine and olive treatments. Outstanding Spanish cuisine in both restaurants, and atmospheric cellar with tasting menu. Unique and romantic. See More

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  • Eguren Ugarte Laguardia, La Rioja 21 rooms from £116

    Foodies  -  A great spot for foodies, where you can opt for a gastronomic meal one day and something more traditional the next.
    Country Escape  -  A stunning rural escape nestled in front of the Sierra de Cantabria Mountains with beautiful vineyard views.
    Restaurant  -  There is both a gastronomic and traditional restuarant.
    Views  -  Glorious views over the surrounding vineyards
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    This gorgeous hotel, set within a winery has a fabulous lookout tower and bedroom views across the stunning vineyards. Bedrooms are comfortable with lots of natural light and private balconies. The gourmet restaurant serves a range of traditional Spanish cuisines and great wines. See More

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  • Hotel Echaurren Ezcaray (La Rioja), La Rioja 27 rooms from £139

    Foodies  -  With two restaurants a bistro and a tapas bar, sample the best Rioja has to offer.
    Back to Nature  -  Set within lovely countryside ideal for hiking or cycling.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A chic hotel with lots of gastronomic flare. Contemporary rooms feature parquet floors, crisp white linen and uber modern bathrooms. A bounty of dining options from fine-dining to a tapas bar showcase the best of Rioja's cuisine. Beautiful surrounding countryside to enjoy. Fabulous. See More

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  • Finca de los Arandinos La Rioja 14 rooms from £152

    Total relaxation  -  The ideal spot to unwind with lovely grounds, a spa with dry sauna and massage rooms, plus plenty of wine to top it all off!
    Romantic Break  -  Special packages for couples including a romantic dinner for two with a bottle of wine, spa treatments and wine tours.
    Back to Nature  -  Set in a tranquil and picturesque setting, surrounded by vineyards, orchards and mountains.
    Sights nearby  -  An hour and a half drive away from Pamplona, Bilbao and San Sebastian.
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    A unique designer hotel set amongst vineyards and olive groves. Chic functional rooms with private balconies and creative interiors. The lovely spa offers spectacular views of the Rioja countryside. The restaurant 'Tierra' serves delicious local cuisine paired with their special in-house wines. See More

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  • Hotel Marques de Riscal Elciego, La Rioja 61 rooms from £305

    Foodies  -  The restaurant holds one Michelin star and there is also a bistro for less formal dining
    Wine tasting  -  Surrounded by the Riojan countryside there's plenty of tasting not just on site.
    Spa breaks  -  The huge spa offers a wide range of vinotherapy treatments
    Architectural  -  Designed by Frank Gehry of Guggenheim Museum fame
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    An unusual hotel built by the designer of the Guggenheim museum. Set amid its own vines, a large metallic building with fantastic food and an impressive spa. Sun lit rooms and suites in contemporary style with balconies and sophisticated furnishings. Wonderful views and plenty of exploring. See More

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