The Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain, a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, is remembered around the world as the hotel with the wavy ribbon-like metal roof. It is funky indeed but also, masterfully planned and meticulously executed. Yes, the hotel resembles Gehry’s other Spanish work, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, but we can’t spend the night there. We can however, enjoy a night here, not to mention sleepwalk to the adjacent winery.
Gehry’s career has spanned over 50 years and so far, we have only this one hotel that came from his drawing boards. But it looks like he's working on two new hotels in Southern California – The Ocean Avenue Project in Santa Monica (more on that next week), and The Grand Avenue Project in Downtown Los Angeles. The Grand Avenue project has been a long time coming and not without architect-related drama. Gehry was originally hired, then fired, and thankfully, re-hired.
It will be worth the wait to see Gehry’s next hotels, and how perfect that they be located in the region where it all began back in 1962. Happy birthday Funky Frank!
Room rates at the Marques de Riscal start from $450, higher on weekends and high season Photos: Marques de Riscal; exterior close-up, Fotopedia
Room rates at the Marques de Riscal start from $450, higher on weekends and high season
Photos: Marques de Riscal; exterior close-up, Fotopedia