Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego 2011

The Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, Spain, could be my favorite architectural work by Frank Gehry. Set in the middle of the Basque country in northern Spain, this project is a 43 room hotel with a spa and a 150-seat restaurant.

Rumor is the residents of Elciego called the building “la cosa” or ‘the thing.” But this design produced an enjoyable stay. Our room was luxurious. The restaurant created an inventive and tasty dinner. And, the wine was good, too.