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“Two nights in Bilbao”

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Sercotel Hotel Gran Bilbao
Ranked #3 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Two nights in Bilbao”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

“Two nights in Bilbao"

From the airport to the hotel

We stayed two nights in Sercotel Gran Bilbao from October 22nd until October 24th. We arrived at 08.11 AM in the morning at Bilbao airport. After leaving the airport, we took the Bizkaibus 3247 to the centre. We bought two tickets on the bus. Total costs: Euro 2.80.

After the second stop (Plaza Moyua), we got off. At this big round about, we searched for the metrostation. That was very easy to find because of the so called Fosteritos. These are the entrances of the metrostation at Plaza Moyua. At the metrostation we bought a Barikcard to travel with the public transport.

Then we took the Bilbobus number 77 towards Mina del Morro. The last stop of the Bilbobus is in front of the Sercotel. We were very early in the hotel (before 10.00 AM), but it was possible to check in and got a room on the third floor.

Room We were given a very large room with three seperate beds, but we just needed two beds. The receptionist told that this was the last room available, otherwise we had to wait until 01.00 PM.
The bathroom was spacious! There were no other facilities in the room, only a minibar. See the pictures attached.

Breakfast The breakfastbuffet was from 07.15 until 10.30. It was various, but not very tasty.

We thought it was a good three star hotel, not four!

After all we had a sunny stay in Bilbao!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Quite good value if you are looking for 4star hotel treatment without the fuss. Modern and with little character(business feel) but the staff are incredibly helpful, especially on reception.
10 min walk down a steepish hill to the Old Town which we found very charming and with more character to walk around in the even ins than the new town. Check out Calle Jardinos for 2 very nice restaurants ( Gorbea and La Delicisio). Plaza Mayor for a drink first if you don't mind the noise.
You can catch a bus right outside the hotel to all the sites in the new town or a tram from the Old Town.
Secure car parking but you need to know that you can turn right into it up the pavement right next to reception otherwise you will drive around in one way circles like I did. Take extreme care driving in and out as it is narrow and two way. Look out for the useful mirrors on the bends.
Guggenheim was spectacular ( tip -you can get a great view of it from the top of the red bridge on the opposite river bank (there,s a lift) and lived up to expectations as did Museo De Bellas Artes.
A great city with plenty to see and very walker friendly and felt very safe.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

The hotel is just 10 minutes walk from the old town.There big windows in the lobby looking out on a suspension bridge across a small canion. The room: generous of size, good bed and plenty of natural light. It is well equipped, although an electric kettle, for those that need to finish the day with a cup of tea, is missing, bring your own and complain! The room lacks individuality, not a speck of colour to be found in the room. The bathroom is comfortable with plenty of room for all the vital creams and potions.The staff are very friendly and helpefull to make your stay pleasant.All looks very bright and joyous, especially when the wheather is so perfect, 27 degrees centigrade.

Room Tip: Higher floors better view and cleaner air
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

I stayed with friends one night in this hotel when we arrived in Bilboa. It was clean, rooms large and copious breakfast. Found a place to park outside in the street and walked down the hill to pick up the tram to the Guggenheim. This was an excellent choice of a reasonable price for the start of our trip to Northern Spain.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Stayed here 2 nights. Fairly easy to find using public transport (bus) from the airport. Just needed one change on Gran Via to catch the 77 bus. The hotel is fairly obvious, as it is a tall building with the logo easily visible. The building is modern, has an underground car park (which I presume is extra), and polished granite flooring seamingly throughout the building. Check-in was efficient, and a quick ride up the lift took us to a large and quiet room which overlooked the main expressway. A short walk to the old town, and not too much further to get to the Guggenheim (which I assume most visitors to Bilbao wish to visit). Bilbao is a bustling town with much to see and do, so don't just do the main sights! The hotel was excellent value, very comfortable, and highly recommended. The staff were all friendly and helpful, so no complaints whatsoever. I still don't know where the "steep hill" is located.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Stayed here as part of a shearings tour. Staff were excellent very friendly and helpful. Food was good and service of a good standard. Hotel was clean and ideally located for walks into and around the town. Air Con was a boon, this hotel is definitely one we will visit again.

Room Tip: Higher floor get less road noise. That said it was not a very noisy location.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights and found it to offer a very professional standard all round. Our room was very clean on arrival and kept this way throughout our stay. The common areas were kept clean and tidy at all times. Breakfast was to a high standard and offered everything we expected from a hotel. Staff were welcoming, helpful and attentive. We think that this hotel is a fantastic place to stay when visiting Bilbao and the surrounding areas. Very good value for money, very good hotel. 10/10.... :)

Room Tip: Send an email to the hotel ahead of your arrival and request your preferences.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Sercotel Hotel Gran Bilbao
Address: Avenida Indalecio Prieto, 1, 48004 Bilbao, Spain
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Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bilbao
#7 Business Hotel in Bilbao
#9 Family Hotel in Bilbao
#9 Romantic Hotel in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Sercotel Hotel Gran Bilbao 4*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sercotel 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 Sercotel Gran Bilbao Hotel offers 10 function rooms including an auditorium that can accommodate up to 285 guests, the ideal venue for meetings and events. ... more   less 
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