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Edmond de Rothschild Heritage unveils Palacio de Samaniego, its new hotel jewel in Rioja Alavesa

Nestled in the heart of Spain's world-renowned Rioja Alavesa wine region, the Palacio de Samaniego will open its doors on March 29, 2021. Just an hour from Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum, the first Edmond de Rothschild Heritage hotel abroad will house nine rooms and suites of enduring luxury, in an intimate atmosphere. Born of Ariane de Rothschild's love affair with this 18th-century seigniorial palace, the establishment, conceived as a family home, embodies Edmond de Rothschild Heritage's art de vivre values: this haven of peace blends gastronomy, wine, history, art and breathtaking scenery.

On three levels, with 9 bedrooms, a fine dining table, terraces and a garden complete with swimming corridor, the Palacio de Samaniego offers an experience in its own right. This confidential setting, dotted with works of art, cultivates the contrast between historic local stone and modern materials such as Corten steel. The interior architecture, by LVG Arquitecture and Vila Studio, succeeds in minimizing the hotel's ecological impact and striking the right balance between simplicity, warmth, cosy comfort and the sense of detail demanded by the discerning eye. From the outset, the Palacio de Samaniego echoes the elegant conviviality typical of "private homes". Several small lounges in a single living area, and the possibility for each person to isolate himself or herself or to gather with others, without disturbing the others. Wood, leather, beige and ochre colors extend the exterior palette, with plum and burgundy paying homage to Bacchus.
Behind the display cases of a spectacular collection of vases, the dining room dares to contrast contemporary works in paper and aluminum, with patchwork tables in recycled wood, created by artist Mathisse Dalstein.Upstairs, one bedroom and seven suites (from 22 to 56 m2) are built around the original stone staircase. Each suite is named after a grape variety, and varies with the colors of the four seasons. What they all have in common, however, is that they reflect a certain idea of luxury, free from all superfluity: space, works of art and, right down to the smallest detail, local fabrics and materials of the finest quality. The mohair and cashmere blankets are handcrafted within a 20-kilometre radius, the bathroom features handmade Iberian tiles and a double ceramic basin cut from a single block, and the organic skincare products made from Rioja grapes are by UvasFrescas...
Modular coffee tables for breakfast, and a selection of travel, botanical and adventure books by Gestalten or Taschen were chosen by Ariane de Rothschild, as were each of the works of art on display. Upstairs, a bedroom and a suite, joined by an independent entrance, offer the opportunity to stay "as at home", with a fully-equipped kitchen and the possibility of dining à la carte.
The Palacio de Samaniego website offers an immersive tour of the hotel and its restaurant, Tierra y Vino. A few clicks are all it takes to book a stay or dinner.