Wow! A Gehry Hotel

I have now translated posts from the Dutch language Weekendhotel Weblog that I co author June, 2004 up to June, 2006 and will continue translating, but so much is happening that I have to continue posting in real time and slow down the translating.

No better restart than with this Spanish Luxury Collection Hotel Marques De Riscal in Elciego, 110 km south east of Bilbao.


It is located in the middle of a vineyard. Frank O. Gehry is said taking the commission only after having tasted a superb 1929 (his year of birth) Marques De Riscal in the cave of the oldest and probably most prestigious winery of the Rioja appellation about eight years ago. The opening done by The King of Spain, it features 43 suites at an US $88 mio investment. It includes a wine therapy spa, an exhibition area, wine tasting rooms and a restaurant.

Thanks to:USA Today

Last edited by GJE on December 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm


Yes I do remember where I was: Under way to a building meeting, when my DW called in shock and I went back to see the life feeds on TV of those horrific hours. I will never forget the footage of people in sheer panic sky diving from Twin Towers head along…

Google's amazing catch of Happy Hotelier

Only 7 days after Happy Hotelier is airborn and thanks to the intro of Willem on Weekendhotel, the search term “Happy Hotelier” gives this weblog a Google search rank rank # 2 after Willem’s intro as # 1

Usually it takes a lot more time until Google spots you.

The Birth of Happy Hotelier

Birth Stork

This is the first official post of Happy Hotelier.

Since June, 2004, I act as co author on the Dutch language weblog Weekendhotel.

My aims are:

  • Making interesting Weekendhotel’s Blog posts available in the English Language.
  • Addressing issues not suitable for Weekendhotel’s Blog.
  • Giving our foreign guests a bit more insight in Dutch accommodation.
  • Having a place to publish Happy Hoteliers’ own hotel reviews/observations.

Prior posts

Happy Hotelier went public on August 23, 2006. The translations of older posts of Weekendhotel’s Blog will keep their original time stamps. Hence posts appearing on both sites will have equal timestamps. the first blogpost of the blog is Why and When?

Slowly but gradually you will see the posts above grow in pace with my inspiration and time available and below until I have catched up translating two years. I do hope Willem, the other author of Weekendhotel’s Blog is willing to give me a hand in catching up with all the translation work…..

More about Happy Hotelier on this blog’s About page, or in its 101 Happy Hotelier category.

Last edited by GJE on March 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Why and when?


Since June 5, 2004, as a co author, I publish in the Dutch language at the Weekend Hotel Blog. Hence the date of this post far before the actual start of this blog, because actually Happy Hotelier went public on August 23, 2006. Older posts of the Weekend Hotel Blog will keep their original time stamps.

Happy Hotelier’s aim is threefold:

  • Making interesting Weekend hotel blog posts available in the English Language;
  • Addressing issues not suitable for the Weekend Hotel Blog, and
  • Having a place to publish Happy Hoteliers’ own musings and hotel reviews.

Want to know more about me? Read the About page, or the 101 Happy Hotelier Category .


More and more you need photo’s on your blog. That’s why I Googled for a picture with search term “Why” and found this funny one that Rob shared Why is there a Car?. Rob seems a fellow Dutchman.