Situated at the feet of the western Pyrenees near the French border, Spain's Basque country comprises three provinces: GuipÃºzcoa and the popular beachfront capital of San Sebastian; Viscaya, where capital Bilbao houses the jaw-dropping Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum; and Alava, whose capital Vitoria teems with medieval architecture. Running with the bulls at Pamplona and drinking rioja from area wineries add to the region's exotic romanticism. Travel in early summer and fall to dodge the madding crowds.
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4 based on 160 reviews
NYX Hotel Bilbao represents a new generation of hotels with a unique and different style. The Leonardo Hotels chain is located in a unique enclave. The four-star hotel is located in the old town of Bilbao and is very well connected to the main points of interest of the city. A location with easy access to public transportation, the NYX is ideal for people traveling for business or tourism. The 108-room hotel, absolutely unique, focused on a cosmopolitan public, loCitylovers, and passionate about urban art, already has a new incentive in Bilbao. Among the services, it has a meeting room, panoramic terrace, restaurant and gym with modern equipment. The hotel license number is HBI01277.
The hotel was a very nice surprise. It has an excellent location, spotless clean, helpful staff. Despite the busy area, the rooms are soundproof. Downsides were the sizes of the rooms and the breakfast was pretty standard, nothing special.
4.5 based on 3939 reviews
The Gran Bilbao Hotel is a 4-star hotel in Bilbao strategically located just 500 metres away from the historical centre and very well connected to financial and commercial area, as well as to the international airport. The hotel offers 202 rooms with a modern decoration and fully equipped, including free Wifi and views of the city as well as the mountains. You can also take advantage of our free gym and our renowned buffet breakfast, with fresh juices, homemade products and live cooking. The Gran Bilbao Hotel offers 10 function rooms including an auditorium that can accommodate up to 285 guests, the ideal venue for meetings and events.
I think the guy on the desk saw me walk in (I'd been hiking the Camino) and treated me with slight disdain, I was put in a terrible room on 1st floor. I noticed drain flies in the bathroom (these are flies usually reserved for sewers and portaloos). The shower was a bit dirty and unkept, signs of wear and tear everywhere. I was so tired I didn't bother complaining at first until I was woken up at 5am by loud noises which I think was from staff but maybe other guests. The room was also really hot and the air con didn't work. I had another look in the bathroom and there were even more drain flies gathering. I'd had enough so went to reception. The guy tried to fob me off with inspect repellant but I insisted on moving room, which they did but it seemed the minimum they could have done. The second room was better although still the shower wasn't fully clean. But it was ok, had Nespresso machine at least (why didn't the other room?). Other points to note: - the hotel is at the top of a hill quite a walk from anywhere you'd want to be and overlooks a council estate - the corridors stink of cigarette smoke, particularly the 1st floor, the 6th floor was better but smelt like perfume masking the smoke. - the laundry service is insanely overpriced but I had no choice but to use it. - on positive side the beds are fine, the lobby is decent, and there are water dispensers in corridors. Overall it's not a 4 star hotel and I'm pretty perplexed by the good ratings. I didn't get any apology or anything other than a room change despite being put in a fly ridden room. I stayed in pensions and albergues along northern Spain that were far cleaner and with better staff. This is not worth the money, there are far better options for fractionally more money (and significantly less money to be honest) within the old town.
5 based on 517 reviews
Tayko Bilbao is a design hotel of 53 rooms located in the old part of Bilbao. It was built in 1924 and has been completely restored respecting its original structure. The rooms of Tayko Bilbao stand out for their design and the confort of the beds. The hotel has the bar Patri and a restaurant called Ola awarded with a Michelin Star, both managed by the Michelin-starred chef Martin Berasategui. It is 200 metres from Arriaga Theatre, 300 meters of Catedral de Santiago and 15 minutes' walk from Guggheneim Museum.
Lovely setting on the river in the old town and very friendly, helpful staff too. The room we had was a standard room but it was very comfortable and had more room than many city centre hotels! My husband ate breakfast there and said it was excellent once he'd worked out the menu but unfortunately there was little other than fruit and yogurt there for me as I'm gluten free. We gave the hotel feedback on this which was gratefully received and we are confident that this will be addressed.
4.5 based on 160 reviews
A boutique hotel unique in Donostia-San Sebastian, located next to the river on the Paseo de Francia, a favourite walk for local people, and just five minutes’ walk from the old town, the city centre and the Kursaal arts and conference centre. Our rooms are decorated in blues and whites, the colours of the city, and they are a fusion of the traditional and the modern. Enjoy it!
A very nice Hotel in a great location , Close to the old town and beach in the gros area ,which I liked the best full of local people and not too touristy , It is spotless our room was a corner on the first floor very spacious,lots of room for stuff but they are very stingy on the toiletries,I had to go out and buy shampoo and conditioner ,I got a tiny shampoo it was never replaced , I was there for four nights so there was no way I could manage on what was supplied to me ,breakfast was very good,
5 based on 519 reviews
Located in San Sebastian, in a natural environment in front of the Miramon forest is a four-star eco-friendly establishment with environmental sustainability and a Scandinavian decoration. The hotel has one restaurant and two spaces with terraces open to the forest. Tilia Deli & Cafe offers an innovative, natural, healthy and ecological cuisine. The hotel has equipped with a gym and one spa with water circuit, infrared sauna and cabin treatments with the best brands. in the Technological Park of Guipozkoa, close to the Polyclinic, the Basque Culinary Center and the EITB. Near Oncology and Donostia Hospital. It has excellent connections by car, like AP-8 direction Bilbao and France or A-15 and N-1 direction Pamplona, ideal to visit also nearby locations. It has high frequency public transport that stops at the door of the hotel, with whom you can reach the city center in less than 15 minutes. You can´t leave the city without enjoying its gastronomy culture and the famous pintxos in the historic center. The hotel offers transfer to the airport, seasonal pool and private parking.
Loved my stay here! Lovely rooms and design throughout the entire property. The fantastic spa is an extra $30 to use but well worth it. The staff inside the cafe is also wonderful and friendly. Highly recommend. It’s a bit far from the main city but buses make getting to the beach very simple and shouldn’t deter you from booking.
4.5 based on 490 reviews
Vincci Consulado de Bilbao is a new hotel in Bilbao that takes the form of a sailboat appearing to ride across the Estuary of Bilbao. With its visionary nautical design, Vincci Consulado de Bilbao is the best way to discover everything Bilbao offers. Delicious cuisine, the utmost relaxation, a terrace that boasts incredible views of the Guggenheim museum and the Estuary of Bilbao; private parkin
The reception was fantastic, we loved it that we could charge our electric car. The outside facilities were great, breakfast in the warming sun, and drinks in the afternoon in the shadow outside. The room was nice, little refrigerator came in handy. Closeness to the Guggenheim museum is an extra benefit.
4.5 based on 679 reviews
El hotel Leku Eder es un hotel de estilo familiar con vista al océano desde el Monte Igeldo. El hotel se encuentra a menos de 4 km. desde el centro de la ciudad de Donostia / San Sebastián y tiene una buena conexión de autobús al centro, así como un aparcamiento gratuito para nuestros huéspedes. Todas las habitaciones están equipadas con baño, teléfono, televisión y conexión wifi gratuita. Tenemos una soleada terraza donde nuestros huéspedes pueden relajarse o leer plácidamente. La sala de desayunos está a su disposición, con una colección de tés e infusiones. Dicha sala cuenta con un microhondas, vajilla y cubertería, pudiendo hacer uso de la misma en caso de que traigan su propia comida.
My family had an amazing experience at this hotel. The hotel has a breathtaking view of the sea, very good breakfast and an outstanding, friendly and helpful staff. I cannot say enough good things about the staff! The location is just outside the center of the city, which makes the area very quiet. Public transportation (bus) can be taken in front of the hotel, even though we used taxi to move around town.
4.5 based on 125 reviews
The four-star Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao hotel, opened in 2021, it has 106 comfortable rooms, and is located right in the centre of Bilbao, very close to the Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Conference Centre. It is located on Gran Vía Don Diego López de Haro, an elegant and stately avenue with the best shops and restaurants in the city.
Opened just over a year ago the hotel is located about 20 minutes walk from the old town, but still close to the Guggenheim museum and other attractions. Perfect for drop off or pick up on the airport bus, which stops just outside the hotel. Very modern well appointed rooms. We were given a free upgrade to a junior suite, which was very nice. Very clean. Excellent breakfast. Help yourself to wine and Cava to start the day off. Maria on reception was great. Very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We also stayed at the Catalonia Hotel Catedral in Barcelona ( absolutely perfect t location ), prior to coming here and the service levels were just as good. Would highly recommend this hotel and would happily stay here again.
4.5 based on 2129 reviews
The NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu is an elegant yet relaxed hotel decorated in timeless woods and marbles. Located in one of the city’s most upscale neighborhoods, it is surrounded by some of the area’s grandest homes. -stroll to the beautiful Ondarreta beach, just a few meters’ walk from the hotel -sample gourmet cuisine; there are more Michelin stars per square meter here than in any other city All the hotel’s 180 spacious rooms enjoy an outward aspect. The restaurant, Kukuarri, serves an inspiring mix of local pintxos, together with more fine dining dishes. There is also a terrace overlooking Zubimusu Park, where the city’s beautiful people socialize. Our expert Guest Relations is also on hand to show you the city's other hidden gems. The hotel’s modern business center is ideal for staying in touch with work. And the seven meeting rooms, equipped with top-of-the-range technology and filled with natural light, are the place to hold business events with a special touch.
This hotel was spotlessly clean, the beds big and comfy and the breakfast plentiful. I stayed here for two nights in June 2022. Hotel staff were helpful and polite. The breakfast offerings were vast, fresh and very tasty. We stayed in another hotel during our stay in San Sebastián and it did not come close with regards to breakfast, comfort of rooms and amenities even though the cost of the other was more per night. Well done NH we loved staying with you.
4.5 based on 268 reviews
See why so many travelers make Lasala Plaza Hotel their hotel of choice when visiting San Sebastian - Donostia. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a romantic setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. Rooms at Lasala Plaza Hotel offer air conditioning and a minibar providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi. A concierge and room service are some of the conveniences offered at this hotel. A pool and breakfast will also help to make your stay even more special. Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Ayuntamiento (City Hall) (0.1 mi) and Iglesia de Santa Maria del Coro (0.1 mi), guests of Lasala Plaza Hotel can easily experience some of San Sebastian - Donostia's most well known attractions. While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the Italian restaurants, including Amelia Restaurant, Raviolina, and Heladeria Arnoldo, all of which are a short distance from Lasala Plaza Hotel. Plus, during your trip, don’t forget to check out some of the popular monuments and statues, such as Monumento al Tamborrero, Don Quijote y Sancho Panza, and Homenaje a Fleming. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Lasala Plaza Hotel as you experience all of the things San Sebastian - Donostia has to offer.
We stayed at Lasala for three nights recently. If I could give 4.5 stars I would but since I can’t i did bump it up to 5 since it’s a lovely hotel. The hotel is in a great location to the bars, restaurants, beach and other sights. It’s modern and updated which is nice. The staff was friendly. The rooftop is lovely on a beautiful day. The pool is definitely a bit smaller then the pictures make you believe but since it wasn’t warm enough to swim it wasn’t an issue. Our room was comfortable and updated. I think my one recommendation to a anyone going is either just get the normal double room or if you want bigger then really go up to the highest suite level. We went with the in between level and got a corner double room which was a sitting room plus the room but because it’s laid out in an L shape, having the sitting room was a waste of space. It was cut off from the rest of the room and we never utilized it. It really wasn’t worth the extra money. Also, the bathroom was a bit small and since like most European hotels the shower leaked, the bathroom floor did get quite wet. But nothing a towel on the floor after couldn’t fix.
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