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The 10 Best Hotels for Views in the Basque Country

Daniel Hogan | July 24, 2018

The geography is no joke in the Basque Country. From its rugged coastline and resulting inlets and picturesque seaside villages to the rolling, castle-mounted hills of Rioja Alavesa wine country to the green forests of Vizcaya to the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees, the region truly has it all. And with such intense and diverse landscapes means stunning vistas of every kind are commonplace here. The hotels below know that a good view goes a long way and provide guests with the most unforgettable vantage points in the Basque Country.


Saiaz Getaria Hotel

Why it made the list

This medieval manor along the upper-most street of Getaria—a hidden treasure of a seaside village thirty minutes outside of San Sebastián— teeters over a steep bluff that drops dramatically to a gorgeous cove below. Rooms here provide floor-to-ceiling views of the protected beach and the winding rocky coast extending beyond it. A glass-enclosed breakfast room and an outdoor terrace also take advantage of this position for guests to enjoy.

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Parador de Hondarribia

Why it made the list

Parador de Hondarribia is another slice of paradise for lovers of ocean views and the charming appearance of quintessential European resort towns. The castle towers over the colorful fortified village of Hondarribia, its estuary, and the Bay of Biscay beyond. And right across the harbor is the pretty French resort destination of Hendaye and its beaches. Take in the views privately from your room or from the sprawling balcony terrace of the hotel.

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Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Why it made the list

Frank Gehry’s otherworldly envisioning of a hotel is one of the great wonders of the architectural design world, and is not just a stunning sight to look at from the outside, but provides sensational views of the Rioja Alavesa wine country, a backdrop that feels like it was ripped right from a landscape painting at the Louvre and dropped into real life. Also, rooms from the hotel’s spa wing boast views of the main hotel structure itself, which is pretty much like having a masterpiece work of art framed in your window.

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Hotel & Spa Etxegana

Why it made the list

On top of a mountain in the heart of Gorbeia Nature Park, a natural reserve often compared to Yosemite and the Swiss Alps, Hotel & Spa Etxegana provides sweeping views of the surrounding geography. Enormous windows are ever-present in the hotel, from the restaurant to the rooms to the spa, in order to take advantage of the landscape. The dramatic canyons, limestone cliffs, lush forests, and imposing granite peaks provide endless pleasure at this serene mountain lodge.

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Hotel Castillo El Collado

Why it made the list

The fortified medieval village of Laguardia is perched up on a steep mound surrounded by the beauty of the Rioja Alavesa wine country in every direction. And in a privileged position at the very top of Laguardia is Hotel Castillo El Collado. Rooms in the revival castle provide views of rolling vineyards and classic villages and sharply rising mountains beyond. But the best views are had atop the castle tower, a private lounge area only for guests providing an unbeatable position with a 360-degree vantage point.

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Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

Why it made the list

A six-story hotel in the middle of a city center may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think, “great views,” but most city hotels don’t sit directly across the street from the world-renowned Guggenheim museum. The rooms, restaurant downstairs, and rooftop terrace here all provide views of the jaw-dropping titanium structure as well as the vivid colors of Jeff Koons’ giant puppy sculpture, made entirely of flowers, which guards the entrance to the museum out front.

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Gaztelu Begi

Why it made the list

The name of the hotel in Basque means castle view. Appropriately enough, the charming rural Basque house nestled atop the steep coastal hills between Bakio and Bermeo overlooks a striking islet connected to the cliffs of the mainland by a winding and ancient stone staircase that is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. The stairs eventually lead to the top of the isle, to the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a thousand-year-old hermitage. A huge surge in visitors has occurred since it became a shooting location for Game of Thrones. But hey, if it’s arresting enough to be the ancestral home of the Mother of Dragon herself, well, you know you are in for something special.

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Hotel Iturregi

Why it made the list

The rural Basque house turned luxury mountain retreat is perched up on the rolling hillsides above the fishing village of Getaria, surrounded by vineyards and forests, and possesses some of the most romantic ocean views in the entire region. The hotel faces out towards San Sebastián to the West and the French Basque Country beyond it, and every little nook and cranny of coastline in between. On a clear day you can see all the way up to Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz.

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Hotel Eguren Ugarte

Why it made the list

The boutique hotel that rises above the wonderful Eguren Ugarte winery faces the entirety of the Rioja Alavesa basin and the Iberian mountain range beyond. The vistas are simply mesmerizing. Rolling vineyards spread as far as the eye can see in either direction with ancient castle-topped mounds peppering the countryside. And the same geography that makes the weather here so perfect for grape growing also tends to make high, scattered clouds that create a kaleidoscopic lighting as it constantly shifts across the landscape. The hotel is designed so that every room faces out onto the utterly dreamy vistas, and the hotel restaurant is on the uppermost floor with panoramic windows to create a romantic dinner environment that is one of a kind.

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Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

Why it made the list

Located right on the Bella Époque boardwalk of La Concha Bay in San Sebastián, this 150-year-old hotel towers over what is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Europe. Its shell-shaped shore, with steep hills rising to both sides around it and a pearl of a rock islet exposed where the inlet meets the sea gives the bay its name. To give some context, the breathtaking splendor of La Concha Bay was almost singlehandedly responsible for turning this once sleepy medieval village into an aristocratic playground for Spain’s royal elite at the end of the 19th century (the grand promenade running its perimeter that resulted from this only adds to the romance of the scene), a tradition that continues today. The views from Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra are no less spectacular now than they were when Queen Isabel II first decided their beauty was worthy of her permanent summer residence.

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