The Hotel Palacio Tondon is in Brinas, 5kn from Haro. The Ebro river becomes tortuous as it runs through Briñas, a little village in La Rioja which dates back to the Roman period. Narrow streets dotted with stately homes, including this 16th century palace with views of the Tondón vineyards, from which it takes its name. Palacio Tondón is a unique architectural complex surrounded by vineyards and mountains.

It really is charming, but never quite lives up to its potential. Receptionists from Bimbo Central. And a good restaurant where not enough staff struggle to serve the weight of customers

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