Spanish Gems: Hotel Latorrién de Ane and Mués, Spain

Sometimes you book a hotel, and it looks really good online, and you really hope, but have some doubts, that it could live up to its image.  Hotel Latorrién de Ane lived up to everything it seemed online, then exceeded it some more.

The hotel occupies a seventeenth century building, and is set in a small hamlet just north of Los Arcos in Navarre, close to the border of La Rioja.  The rooms are spacious and have been meticulously restored.  The bathrooms are a nice size, and the character of the rooms is wonderful, with old, wooden beams expertly fitted into the walls, pretty tiles, and fanciful door handles.

The staff was so friendly and professional.  The room as well as the rest of the hotel was spic-and-span -- hardly a spec of dust!  Our room was quite comfortable.  You could tell that they've paid great attention to detail.  The soap, shampoo and bath gel were all terrific.  There were big, cozy robes for after the shower.  And the shower was very spacious.
The breakfast buffet included marvelous café con leche and super orange juice

The town made a good home base for exploring both La Rioja and Navarre.  It's also not far from Logroño and Nájera.  We particularly enjoyed going to Parque Natural de Urbasa y Andia and the small city of Estella.  Urbasa is a lovely park in western Navarra with gorgeous rock formations and vistas out over the valley.  If we had planned better, we would have made the hike into the the woods to see the lovely Urederra river just outside of Baquedaño.

View of Baquedaño in the valley below

Back in Mués, the quiet evening gave us an opportunity to wander around the small village, which is filled with (lots of) artistic face carvings, beautiful flowers, and pretty buildings.

We loved our stay at Hotel Latorrien de Ane in Mués -- I highly recommend this accommodation.  And, we could definitely have lingered a while longer in both Navarre and La Rioja.