Castillo El Collado was built in the beginning of the century, it belonged to a gentleman who was responsible for a facial soap factory. After his death, following his will, the house was passed to the church. Years later, the present owner, Javier, bought it from the church to convert it into a small hotel. Surely he had a very definite idea of what he wanted to do, because he spent 10 years refurbishing and decorating the place. The hotel opened in 1996. Javier is always there, usually you find him at the front desk welcoming his guests. The hotel is pretty busy, usually full, which is not a wonder once you see and stay in one of the rooms and dine in the restaurant. Each room is different; they go by names and are truly beautiful in every detail. The one at the top (second level) called Amor y Locura, which literally translated means “love ad madness” has the bathtub right behind the headboard of a king bed! Their gastronomy seems to be of importance as well, gourmet groups come here to try the restaurant. Javier specially recommends: Red peppers stuffed with fish, in a tomato-pepper sauce. And for dessert, a cream filled puffed pastry with cinnamon - orange perfume. The wine: Red: Vintage Santa Maria Lopez - Solar Viejo 1996 or if you prefer white: Marques de Riscal 1998.
Room Nº 8. A suite located in the tower - California king bed (2.20 Mts. X 2.20 Mts.) in the middle of the room with a bathtub behind it (a half wall separates the two) - en-suite full bathroom with hydro-massage shower room. It has a beautiful sight and will make you fell that life stops for one night!
Room N ° 7. King bed of 1,90 X 2 M. Large room decorated in green. Elegant and Fresh.
Room Nº 6. Queen bed of 1,60 X 1,90 M. Balcony - fireplace - Roman tub. Beautiful views. Its balcony relax your spirit and a bath in the Fabula will remind you of a Roman bath.
Room N° 5. Queen bed - large elegant room. Bed of 1,60 X 1,90 Very feminine. With its manises ceramic bathroom - 2 big windows open to the south and the east of the Villa.
Room Nº 4. Adjoining extra wide twins (makes up for king bed), Two beds together 2,10 X 2 M. It has the privilege of having a terrace with views of the Sierra Cantabria.
Room Nº 3. Oversize twins.Two beds of 0,90 X 2 M. Very romantic. Views of the Paseo.
Room Nº 2. Two beds of 1,25 X 2 M. Street View. Spacious, perfect for a couple with kids.
Room Nº 1. Double bed for 1,35 X 2 M. Large Jacuzzi with hydro-massage (a relaxing fantasy) + separate full bath - small interior room. Seductive and sensible. It does not have exterior views, it is more intimate and quiet.
Room Nº 10. Double bed for 1,35 X 2 M. A glass of enchantment surrounds this special room in which a Jacuzzi will delight the sleeper to feel for once as the god Neptune.
Room Nº 9. Double Bed of 1.90 x 2 meters. It has a full bathroom with whirlpool bath. A beautiful art deco glass will make you dream about the magic of earlier times.
Into the reception is located a Catholic chapel with an altarpiece of XVII century, covered with a gold and silver leaf that wonders the guests.
The chapel belonged to a deserted church of the region, but the last owner of the castle moved it here to be restored.
The currently owner restored it again keeping all the details. A XVI century image of Saint John is in the center, surrounded by several religious pieces donated by guests from all around the world.
From the castle’s tower, is posible to watch the hole Rioja Alavesa surroundings, a landscape of wineries and winefields. Standing on the merlon, the guest enjoy the stunning views with a Rioja wine glass, which comes from the same winefields they are looking to.
Just in the entrance of the Hotel, starts a pedestrian gardened avenue, which surrounds Laguardia. Walking through this park is possible to make out the Cantabrian range, amazing winefields and wineries. An actually present for the senses.
Spacious and confortable, totally isolated of the Hotel. It is located in the ground floor of the building, with an outside entrance. The tavern offer the possibility to taste a complete range of “tapas”, to have some snacks or just for this informal dinners in the summertime, enjoying it with ambiental music. Along the nights, along the weekends, the tavern is a quiet pub where you can join.
Castillo el Collado has a nice wine cellar where this ‘God’s Nectar’, that we fuss over, is stored with the perfect light and humidity conditions. The hotel saves in the Wine Cellar some bottles which can be considered inestimable gems of the wine culture.
Located in the main floor. Flanked by beautiful stained glass windows, they where made by the currently owners following the style of the old ones whose decorated the original building. Perfect for have a drink, or a snack, with beautiful views of the gardens and the walls of Laguardia.
Places of interest
The church of Santa María de los Reyes, with an eclectic style, a renaissance facade and a XIV century Gothic Gate, the only one in Spain due to the great conditions of the polichromy in the facade. A piece made by Juan Bascardo.
The Abacial Tower, a building with a militar origin from XIII Century. It was connected by a passage with the temple until the last century.
To the north was located the castle founded by Sancho Abarca, building wich was the origin of Laguardia/Biasteri.
The Little Dancers of the clock in the Mayor Square. An arcaded square in the heart of the village. Stands out the building of the ancient town hall, with an Imperial Shield of Carlos V.
The currently town hall, which have in the facade the Shield of Laguardia, and a clock with automatons whose every day at 12:00, 14:00, 17:00 and 20:00 hours dance with the rhythm of a tradicional song of the village.
The Prehistoric Village of La Hoya, from the XV century B.C. ; one of the most important sites of the Basq Country.
In the excavations is posible to observe the way of life of this civilization, more ancient than the Celtics.
The Dolmen of “ The Sorceress’ Shack “ is one of the most important dolmens in the Basq Country, and probably the biggest and best conserved, this dolmen was discovered in 1935.
During the eve of the party in honor of The August Virgin, a “witches sabbath” is celebrated around the dolmen.
Is located near the road between Laguardia and Elvillar de Alava.
The restaurant offers a variety of pinchos as well as hot and cold tapas, cuts made at the time, menus and special menus from this land.
Enjouy your dishes on the dining room or the terrace.
To see the Menu click here
Open daily from 8:00 to 0:00
c/ Mayor 22 - 01300 Laguardia, Spain
Phone: +34 945 60 01 92
Official Website: http://www.batzokilaguardia.com/
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Cenicero (10 Kms.)
Vitoria International Airport - Vitoria-Gasteiz (55 Kms.)
From Madrid: Take Motorway N-1 to Burgos, from there continue in direction Logroño and before getting there exit at Najera and take the road to Cenicero - Elciego - Laguardia.
From Barcelona: Take Motorway to Logroño, from there take the road going to Vitoria via Laguardia. Upon reaching Laguardia the hotel will be, as you come up the hill, to your right.
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