Calle Padre José García 19, Ezcaray, La Rioja, 26280, Spain
This rambling roadhouse, 7 km (4 miles) below Valdezcaray, La Rioja's best ski resort, is famous for its restaurants: El Portal, showcasing fine traditional cuisine engineered by Marisa Sánchez, and Bistrot Comilón, from her son Francis Paniego. Marisa's patatas a la riojana (potatoes stewed with peppers and chorizo) are a classic, while Francis experiments with charcoal made from grapevine clippings and serves contemporary numbers such as spring fava beans and baby peas with potato soup. A new gastro bar called E-Tapas occupies the old lounge area, and Francis also oversees the Hotel Marqués de Riscal restaurant in Elciego, and the gastrobar Tondeluna, in Logroño. There's a choice of three- or four-star rooms, and package deals including meals. Staff are warm and engaging.
- traditional building (though modernized inside)
- comfortable beds
- family service
- the bells from the church across the way
Rate Includes: Some meals
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