Bilbao Spain hotels have enjoyed a strong revival since the end of the city’s heavy industrial days. Commerce remains steadfast yet Bilbao has tamed the pollution and rejuvenated industrial areas into thriving cityscapes. Set in Spain’s enchanting Basque Country, Bilbao is an attraction in itself while offering a gateway to one of Spain’s most cherished regions. The best Bilbao hotels offer a variety of city and regional tours to top Spain wineries, the Basque mountains, and coastal bays and estuaries.
One of the most pleasing, modern Bilbao Spain hotels is Petit Palace Arana Hotel, a nineteenth-century Spanish hotel situated at the portal to the Old Quarter. The hotel features distinct Basque-style architecture and 64 guest rooms filled with stone-covered walls, tall wood beams, and modern decor. Originally open to the public in 1850, Petit Palace Arana has received a full refurbishment and offers excellent value for money with many attentive services and attention to detail. Once a popular haunt for stars of local bullfights, dancers, and theater actors, many arrange a visit to enjoy the hotel's far-reaching history coupled with plenty of contemporary conveniences offered with Bilbao Spain accommodations.
One of the best Bilbao hotels in the city is Hotel Embarcadero (pictured), a sleek, stylish, and trendy hotel attracting hoards of young and discerning guests. Guest rooms feature huge, luminous windows, modern furnishings, and wall coverings that complement that contemporary look with a classic, cozy feel. Views of El Abra Bay, bath fixtures that rival many art installations, and elegant wood detailing are features of each room yet each is highlight by a unique look. Hotel Embarcadero is also considered one of the best Bilbao hotels for its onsite restaurant that serves fresh seafood and plenty of Basque regional favorites. The focus is on quality and service—and a monstrous fish tank in the center of the room. A custom fireplace, 50-inch television, and sweeping terrace are the focal point in the private lounge while the classy coffee shop offers tasty breakfasts and snacks. All this is only a few steps away from a sandy beach where there are many more things to do outdoors.
A valuable option in Bilbao Spain accommodations only ten minutes away from the Guggenheim can be found at Hotel Barcelo Nervion. Barcelo Nervion is also a option in Bilbao Spain hotels within walking distance to Old Town, which is full of historic attractions. Guest room choices include singles, doubles, junior and junior deluxe suites, and large family rooms. The hotel has both an a la carte and buffet restaurant, a popular piano bar, a hair salon, currency exchange, and massage services. Tours can be easily arranged with hotel staff while bicycle rentals afford a pleasant way to explore the city.
Visiting Bilbao means enjoying Basque Country’s most prominent and colorful city, exploring the famous Guggenheim, sipping rich Spanish wine and dining on renowned regional cuisine of the north. Bilbao Spain accommodations are available as vacation rentals, quaint inns, modern hotels, and small guesthouses creating a variety suitable for all needs. Using Bilbao as a base to explore the verdant hills, rocky coves, and quiet hamlets of the north is a great way to get a taste of the best hotels in Bilbao while also venturing further into one of Spain’s most promising and rewarding areas.