Boutique-style, independent hotel
HCRT1, Cuzcurrita del Rio Tiron, North Spain
Magical theme hotel in 17th century mansion in La Rioja
This fine 17th century mansion, in the centre of the picturesque, medieval village of Cuzcurrita del Rio Tiron, in La Rioja Alta, has been recently restored but certainly has a history!
Originally the home of a wealthy family, in the 1920's and 30's, the building was put to use as a bakery, theatre and cinema before, during the Civil War, being occupied by Italian troops who passed on their pasta recipes to the locals.
The present owners, Laura and Jose Angel, the most welcoming and attentive of hosts, fell in love with the place an restored the building into the very special small hotel it is today.
Maintaining many of the original features – the magnificent stonework, the high beamed ceilings, the impressive main staircase and cupula, they painstakingly decorated and furnished the very comfortable rooms with cinematic themes, linking them to the history of the house and creating a perfect balance of the past and present.
Highly individual rooms – themed around the cinema, the theatre, literature and music. Double or twin, suites; family rooms (connecting), triple and quadruple rooms. Also adapted for reduced mobility.
Each room is different. All are beautifully and meticulously decorated and furnished according to their theme, with beamed ceilings and exposed stone, blending perfectly with modern touches. The first floor rooms have balconies and the attic rooms have skylights.
The bathrooms too are all different and all beautifully tiled. They vary depending on the style of the room – there are free standing baths and walk in showers, sometimes both.
Extra beds and cots are available.
All the rooms have air conditioning, bathrobes, quality toiletries, hairdryers, a desk and T.V. Some of the suites have a "mini kitchen" with a microwave and cutlery and crockery and mini fridges.
N.B. In some of the attic rooms parts of the ceilings are quite low so not suited to the very tall.
Sitting room with fireplace and T.V.
Breakfast room and well stocked honesty bar
Multi- purpose theatre space
Wine cellar in basement
Enclosed courtyard (partly covered) with outdoor furniture
Small enclosed outdoor play area for children
Historic tour of hotel at weekends, free for guests, with tasting of local wines
Bodega visits and other activities in the area can be organised
Enclosed parking is available for 10EUR / night (payable locally) otherwise on-street parking nearby.
An excellent buffet breakfast lovingly prepared and presented by your hosts, is served in the breakfast room/honesty bar.
Breakfast includes freshly squeezed orange juice, a selection of fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, ham and other cold meats and cheese, locally baked pasties and cakes and baguettes and bread. Eggs are prepared to order.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, but they offer a light supper menu (changes everyday) with a bottle of wine. This must be ordered by 3.00 pm.
The owners can recommend local restaurants. There are three in the village (opening times can be limited during the week in off season months – best to check). They have a shuttle service arrangement with La Bodega Vieja, a very good restaurant in neighbouring Casalarreina.
Hotel FacilitiesTour Booking Service
WiFi all areas
Shared Lounge / TV Area
Sports and WellbeingE-bike hire
Room facilities (all rooms)En-suite bathroom
Fridge / Minibar
DiningResaurant / dining room for guests only
Bars / restaurants within walking distance of the hotel
Bar for clients only serving drinks and light snacks
Honesty bar for clients only
AccessibilityFacilities adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Room(s) adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Parking space adapted for guests with reduced mobility
ParkingOn-site parking (extra charge)
PetsPets allowed by prior arrangement - please consult
Cuzcurrita del Rio Tiron, North Spain
The epitome of a classic Riojan village, seemingly untouched by time with stone-built houses, an imposing medieval castle and church and a river running through Cuzcurrita is quite sleepy for most of the year but comes alive in the summer, when Basque families move in to enjoy the hot, dry climate and the swimming pools, and again in October when the wine harvest brings life to the whole region.
With Haro and Santo Domingo de la Calzada just nearby the village is well placed to discover the highlights of the Rioja wine region and the lesser know mountains the region has to offer (you can ski in the winter months) around the pretty town of Ezcaray.
- Winery tours and tastings in over 500 renowned vineyards.
- Logroño's charming old town and lively tapas bars of Calle Laurel
- The historic Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the Camino de Santiago
- Sierra de Cebollera Natural Park for hiking and nature.
- Monasteries of Yuso and Suso in San Millán de la Cogolla.
- Haro Wine Festival (Batalla del Vino) in late June.
- Dinastia Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture – not to be missed
- Dinosaurs Museum in Enciso showcasing the region's paleontological heritage.
- Visit the medieval villages of Laguardia, Labastida, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Cuzcurrita del Rio Tirón and many more…
- Explore the vineyards and countryside, with scenic views of rolling hills and vine-covered landscapes.
- Marqués de Riscal winery, designed by Frank Gehry – one of several ‘Catedrales de Vino’ in the area designed by famous architects.
- Take a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards for a unique perspective.