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The 7 Best Boutique Hotels In the Basque Country

Daniel Hogan | July 24, 2018

A boutique hotel has a certain je ne sais quoi that is rarely found at the big chains and impersonal brand hotels. And what these designer lodgings lack in size they make up for with creative designs, intimate service, and unique amenities. Below are the best boutique hotels in the Basque Country.


Castillo de Arteaga

Why it made the list

This immaculate neo-Gothic castle that rises over the luscious Basque countryside thirty minutes outside of Bilbao is hands-down one of the most extraordinary lodgings in the region. With only thirteen rooms in the now luxury hotel & restaurant, each one drenched in its own distinctive and palatial opulence, guests are guaranteed a personalized and unforgettable stay.

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Hotel Eguren Ugarte

Why it made the list

Hotel Eguren Ugarte gives wine lovers the exclusive opportunity to stay at one of the best wineries in one of the best wine making regions on the planet. The hotel provides breathtaking views of the picturesque Rioja Alavesa wine country, an excellent restaurant, and tours of the awe-inspiring wine caverns and underground facilities. Each of the hotel’s 21 rooms is designed to reflect a different section of the 21-chapter memoir of the bodega’s most renowned family member, Vitorino Eguren.

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Caravan Cinema

Why it made the list

Caravan Cinema is the best boutique pension in Bilbao. Travelers wanting an intimate alternative to the big Bilbao properties should look no further than this impressive celebration of all things cinema. Each room here is dedicated to a different Spanish filmmaker and the execution is authentic and spectacular. The hotel is awash with original canvas prints, props from real sets, and retro décor curated down to the smallest details. Oh, and the location is unbeatable: In Bilbao’s famed Casco Viejo (Old Quarter), surrounded by some of the city’s best pintxo bars and just a short walk to the Guggenheim.

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Hospederia de los Parajes

Why it made the list

This 16th century palace on the beautiful main square of the castle town of Laguardia, in the heart of Basque wine country, has been transformed into a luxurious modern lodge inside. The eighteen rooms here are old-world elegance meets modern comfort, and no two rooms are alike. The tiny hotel packs a big punch: inside are multiple restaurants, a bar, spa, and an impressive system of cellar caverns hidden underneath.

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Hotel Iturregi

Why it made the list

This luxury twist on the rural house experience provides intimate lodgings in the hills above the colorful seaside village of Getaria and comes with phenomenal views of the Basque coast. Famous Basque designer Daniel Rotaeche individually decorated each of the amorous rooms here, and behind the gorgeous country house is a hidden oasis of a pool surrounded by floral gardens.

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Echaurren Hotel Gastronómico

Why it made the list

This one of a kind hideaway overlooks a classic square in the charming mountain town of Ezcaray and happens to house not just one but two of the best restaurants in the region. The family of famed chef Francis Paniego has been running this boutique lodge for five generations and Francis’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant, El Portal de Echaurren, is found downstairs. Don’t let the exterior of the hotel deceive you: rooms here are ultramodern and sophisticated and ever so stylish.

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Hotel Viura

Why it made the list

This experimental avante-garde hotel wows the senses against the backdrop of the medieval village that surrounds it with its awesome cubist architecture and sleek post-industrial design. Located in the epicenter of Basque wine country, the boutique hotel is a wine-soaked museum of modern arts dedicated to its surroundings while providing exceptional comfort, impossibly friendly service, and easy access to the best bodegas in Rioja Alavesa.

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