Having completed some of the Camino walk my girlfriend and I decided to book into the 5 star Carlton on our final night. We expected a high standard but nothing could have prepared us for what lay ahead.
Upon our arrival we were quickly relieved of our bags by the eager and friendly bellboy. This enthusiasm was then mirrored by the reception staff who gladly pointed out local areas of interest. We were then escorted to the room by the bellboy who showed us into the lap of luxury. The room or should I say the suite had an entrance hallway which led to a living room area which contained one of the two t.v.'s. The bathroom was also located off the hallway. The bedroom was through a double doored entrance off the living room. The living room contained a full settee and was beautifully decorated. It also hosted a completely stocked Nespresso machine. The bedroom contained a full mini bar, t.v. and a bed which could have comfortably slept a barber shop quartet. This was all accentuated by the amazing view of the Plaza Eliptica from both the bedroom and the living area. Quality was also evident throughout the bathroom area with Bvlgari products available for your cleansing needs. The only issue with the room was the smell of smoke in an non-smoking room but we saw past it but others may take exception to it.
The following morning we made our way to the breakfast buffet. There is no suitable superlatives I can use to describe its vastness, variety and above all quality. It is also available for €20.00 if you have not had it included in your room price. It is definitely worth it.
The staff continued the theme of the hotel with their professionalism and attention to detail, no matter what their role. There was no request too big or no question unanswered. This is a real treat and I would implore anyone to stay here if only for one night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Founded in 1926, the Hotel Carlton is one of the landmark buildings and the most majestic hotel in Bilbao. Declared an Architectural, Artistic, Historical and Cultural Monument, over its history the building has witnessed important social and cultural events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlton Hotel Bilbao