There is something of the Basque nobility in this building which combines the architectural elements of the country house with elements…from Indonesia. We must point out that the owners, in love with those islands, formalized this fondness for the overseas by sharing the atmospheres of their hotel in equal parts. It is their life project, dichotomy between Euskadi and the Isle of Java, a recent life project of the family’s, being achieved successfully, because they know how to be the perfect hosts. We can confirm this by the wise distribution of spaces for reading, for an evocative diner, for the pleasure of a gourmet drink or for relaxing in the waters. Nothing is casual, the wood used has been carefully chosen, an English bar has been recreated which is a collectors jewel for style, hand carved, noble wood and alcohol drinks from many countries around the world. The cellar, by the restaurant, too complete for a hotel with few rooms, is a sign of commitment with quality. The SPA is in a wooden building, with large windows, annex to the main entrance.
In the garden which has a view over the Gorbeia massif, a spectacular Yoglo, a privileged gazebo, also in wood, carver by Indonesian craftsmen, surrounded by meadows and woods. The impeccable rooms which all have hydro massage, in a classical style, and the four suites on the ground floor with terrace, exit on to the garden and a view over the Gorbeia natural park, have bathrooms with a Jacuzzi for two, well equipped, and the terraces are separated by Tiffany stained glass. It is altogether, a high quality hotel, with very personal atmosphere.
The Hotel has a room adapted for wheel chairs, with an adapted bathroom. It has a lift, and is barrier free. Signage in relief and Brail, for clients with reduced vision or blind, in different points around the Hotel.
Apart from its own Spa with a small pool for swimming against the current, trekking and 4x4 trails through the Gorbeia Natural Park, visits to Rioja Alavesa Cellars, visits to Bilbao and San Sebastián, wild mushroom picking, bird watching, mountain bikes for clients use, etc…
Close to the Hotel we can find the Gorbeia Natural Park, and the Urkiola Natural Park the Villareal reservoir. We can also visit to the Loizaga tower, where a grand Rolls Royce collection can be seen. Vitoria and Bilbao are only half an hour away.
-PAIS VASCO (GUÍA TOTAL).ANAYA TOURING. JOSEMARIA DOMENECH. 2011. 23€
-Bilbao from iron to titanium, guides on Euskadi.
Music by local authors: CD by Gontzal Mendibil or by Kempa Juntera.
Creative and using market ingredients, where there are kitchen assistants coming from first line restaurants, staying. When Etxegana Hotel and Spa was joining our club Native, we had a chance to taste some specialties of the young Chef from Celler Can Roca, second best restaurant in the world. The Hotel has en excellent cellar, with wines and “cavas” (sparkling white wine), from several countries. The bar deserves a special mention.
Patxarán, Txacolí, Idiazábal cheese, craftsmanship from the Txoco Sagarna and the Quesería Petralanda areas.