This was the second time we spent a night at Hotel Villa de ┴balos, the last time being four years ago. There have only been a few changes, and all for the better. Rooms are spotlessly clean and well organized. Spacious bathrooms have all the conveniences. The common areas upstairs and on the ground level are a good spot to catch up with traveling companions or check you email on the free WIFI. The owner is a friendly guy who makes his own wine, which sadly is not available in the USA. He has installed a small bar in the front reception area where you can have wine and a few tapas from the kitchen. Locals stop in here, too, and we enjoyed chatting with a bunch of older gents that night. Lots of fun with them. ┴balos is a small village and we opted to eat supper at the hotel. A fantastic meal in every way, truly homemade food. Breakfast was similar. If you're exploring La Rioja and want a quiet base to rest every night, this is a good choice.