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Frank O. Gehry's eagerly-awaited first hotel now offers admirers a chance to sleep under one of his spectacular titanium roofs.

Now you can enjoy the fine wines of Spain's celebrated Rioja region and relax in luxury. This Fall, architect Frank Gehry's eagerly awaited first hotel, the Marqués de Riscal, opens its doors.


The combination of classy wine, bucolic landscapes and "starchitect"-branded design is the stuff that holiday fantasies are made of. Which is why Spain's historic wine producing region, Rioja, with its rolling vineyards, quaint medieval towns, and now avant-garde architecture, is well on its way to becoming the most popular wine tourism destination under the sun. Fanning the flames is the grand opening of le Marqués de Riscal Hotel, master builder Frank Gehry's first hotel venture. Located just 75 miles from Gehry's first Spanish superstructure, the stunning Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, his second Spanish masterpiece is yet another milestone for the 78-year old architect. After designing everything from furniture to jewels, he now offers admirers a chance to sleep under one of his spectacular titanium roofs.

Nestled in the renowned Marques de Riscal vineyard, one of the region's oldest and most traditional wineries, the Gehry's La Cuidad del Vino, or City Of Wine, is a complex which honors age-old craft and pioneering design. Ambitious in size and enriched by history, the 74,000-square-foot edifice will house a 43-room luxury hotel, visitor's center, restaurant featuring the traditional Basque fare of Michelin-starred chef Francis Paniego, an on-site cooking school, wine bar, rooftop lounge, and a Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa.

Taking his stylistic cue, naturally, from wine, the colorfully stained titanium ribbons that spill generously from the structure's crown were chosen to reflect the hues of Marqués de Riscal's legendary crus: silver for the bottle's cap, gold for its delicate webbing, and rosé, the color of it's delicious juice. Swirling atop the structure like wine in a glass before it reaches the lips, the avant-garde roof creates an elegant contrast to the 19th century sandstone Basque edifice and historic wine cellars upon which it sits. So pour yourself a glass of future-forward history and book now!

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