Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam Zaandam, Netherlands
Hotel Viura Villabuena de Álava, Spain
Like a cluster of ripe grapes or a hunk of mountain dirt, this Rioja escape is a tightly knit but haphazard mass of individual forms—a stunning foil to the 16th-century church that stands beside it. The owners, architects Joseba and Xabier Aramburu of the firm Designhouses, made good use of the structure's shapes, merging inside and out with exposed concrete walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and the occasional private terrace that overlooks the Sierra de Cantabria hills. And there are plenty of other design-circuit landmarks nearby: Zaha Hadid's pavilion at the López de Heredia vineyards, Santiago Calatrava's wine-making complex for Bodegas Ysios, and, yes, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum.