Calle Miguel Villanueva 50, Zarraton, La Rioja, Spain
"Disclaimer: We stayed in this hotel in Oct. 2015, but as you can see the memory of this place stays with me still!. While touring Rioja, we wanted something authentic and a little off the beaten path. We didn't want a sterile, expressionless hotel room. Casafuerte was the place of our dreams! It may be the most wonderful place I've stayed in all my travels! It was quaint, small, charming, and beautiful! The hotel is a 16th century manor house of a nobleman, but the building actually goes back to the 15th century with its underground wine caves! When we checked in our hosts (the owners) spoke only the barest of english, and my spanish was passable at best, but we made do. They were extremely welcoming and showed us to our room. After we had gotten settled, we were given a personal tour of the palace, showing us not only where everything was, but also an historical tour of the place, showing us the unique architecture, the centuries-old hand hewn logs that held up the ceiling in the great room, and even a tour of the 15th century wine caves beneath the palace. The decoration is authentic to the period and most of it is FROM the period! Just amazing architecture and styling. That night we dined in the restaurant of the hotel. I wasn't expecting too much given the out-of-the-way location and the small size of the hotel (only 5 rooms). Boy was i surprised! The chef at this restaurant must have been classically trained at some of the top restaurants in Europe! The presentation of the food looked like it came from a michelin starred restaurant! And the food was just exquisite! I asked the owner to pair our meal with a local wine and he provided us with a perfect accompaniment that was not expensive at all. The desserts were over-the-top gorgeous and delicious! This is a gem of a hotel and I will always book a room (if available) whenever I come to the region. Hint: splurge a little extra and get the La Gloria Suite. It's not much more expensive, but it gives you a much bigger room with a hot tub, shower, and lots of other amenities! Casafuerte can easily be a centerpoint for your visit to the region."
"Another good review and richly deserved. A really great experience This small family run hotel / restaurant is full of character and the family so very helpful and friendly Daniel the son speaks excellent English and is very happy to help and advise on the area and it’s attractions We had a lovely room, well furnished and spotlessly clean. The whole place has been a labour of love and is such a wonderful converted historic building A bonus was the on site parking as we were travelling in our classic Mercedes sports car and like to know it is safely parked at night And then there is the restaurant, beautiful ! The bar lounge area takes your breath away as you walk in with it’s high wood beamed ceiling, massive artisan chandelier and comfy sofas, then you walk through to an intimate restaurant area with much lower ceiling and a warm ambiance Well, we both just had to have the suckling pig (I know, a bit non PC )but when in Rome etc. It was amazingly good and washed down with a fine Tobelos Rioja Tinto. If we never eat this dish again, this one will live in our memory, it really was that good On a more practical note, this hotel is only 10 minutes easy drive from Haro where many of the major wine producers have their wineries and also about a mile or so off the N232 road that can serve as a good touring road around La Rioja if you loop back from Logrono along the A124 Not far away from the hotel is the town of Briones where there is the fantastic Vivanco wine museum, an absolute must to visit If you want to enjoy what we enjoyed book well in advance. The hotel has only a few rooms so will probably get booked up quickly Highly, highly recommend "
"The key word in the name of this hotel is undoubtedly "Palacio". The building dating back to 16th century is gorgeous, particularly from inside. We stayed there for one night and our only regret is that we didn't organize our trip to stay there longer. Unfortunately, we did't have chance to eat at the hotel's restaurant since it was closed on the day we were there. Everything inside the room was thoughtfully and beautifully arranged, breakfast prepared by the hostess was delicious, parking was plentiful, the location, 11 minutes drive from Haro, was pretty convenient. The hotel is owned and run by a couple and their son. The son speaks pretty good English but the tour of the hotel was given to us by his father, who masterfully used Google Translate in conversation mode. This was pretty impressive."