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“Great location, average value for money, stunning breakfast” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Abando
Ranked #16 of 43 Hotels in Bilbao
Cairns, Australia
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great location, average value for money, stunning breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

"Efficient and charmless" check-in staff (see a previous recent review of this hotel) seem to be the norm in Spain. I'm not sure whether its because I speak mainly English, or that my Spanish is poor, or that I can't understand, let alone attempt to speak the Basque language, Euskara. I rarely found engaging front desk staff anywhere in Spain. Maybe its all part of their "customer service" training. The staff at breakfast were completely different - engaging, obliging and made of different stuff. The breakfast is on par with what other hotels charge (Euro 12-15), but this one was the most extensive we encountered in Spain. Extensive hot and cold buffet, cereals, breads and pastries, juices, wow. Cannot recommend the breakfast highly enough. The rooms were fine - mine was very quiet, bed OK and I slept like a log. The bathroom was clean and a good size. At this hotel, like many others, wifi in the room was slow and dropped out. Wifi in the public areas offered the best reception - in this case, it was a sofa by the lift lobby on each floor. Good wifi in the public areas of a hotel is fine, but I'm not sure that the whole world wants to hear my loved- one affections via Skype! There is a gym, but it required a special (physical) key, and I didn't get around to asking for access. I'd stay again, although its not cheap and only average value for money. It's definately at least 3.5 stars (not 2.5 stars as a previous reviewer suggested). I'd stay again - location is excellent - walking distance to the old town, and nearby to shopping, tapas bars and public transport.

Room Tip: Don't rush breakfast - grab a table by the window and start the day in a leisurely way.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cary, NC
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012

I was in Bilbao for 3 days on business (2 nights) and if I could give this place 2.5 stars I would. First let me start out by saying that this is NOT a 4 star property (by any standards US or European). Second, the main positive of this hotel is the location. The rooms would be the primary reason I would stay elsewhere...dark, dingy (worn carpets, furniture, walls), my smelled of stale cigarette smoke-and kinda musty. The bathrooms look to have been updated in the past 10 years..which was a small plus. The bed was terribly uncomfortable and I don t want to think about how old the mattress could be...bottom line I would not stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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65 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

I stayed in this hotel previously, and on that basis went back for a night last week. I was disappointed. Among other things, the breakfast was substandard. There is no reason for there to be virtually no bread available for breakfast at 8.0 -- particularly when there is an extra charge of 13 euro. The night before, around 10.45, it took me about 15 minutes to be served a glass of wine in the bar. The explanation, offered with no apology, was that the barman was delivering room service. I agree with GreedyMessiah about the somewhat indifferent attitude of the reception staff. This hotel does not merit the 4 star rating it displays.

Room Tip: Unlike for my previous stay, I was given a room with a tiny room that looked onto another building...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Maynooth, Ireland
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67 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

Upon arrival at the Hotel Abando my friend and I were greeted (using the term "greeted" very loosely) by an efficient but charmless receptionist who gave us the bare minimum in terms of information or friendly service. The rooms are very nice though, making up for the dour receptionist and extremely expensive car park, another saving grace was the fantastic breakfast and a very nice waiting lady who couldn't have been more helpful. For short term business visits, the Abando is ideal, for a long term pleasure holiday, forget it.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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1,101 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 462 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2012

the abando hotel is central to bars restaurants churches old town guggenheim museum the metro buses and the river.the hotel was clean the room was ok for me the breakfast was very good the staff helfull will go back next year for the towns party

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jamesthewedge
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dublin
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

This hotel was ok. The location was good, very close to Gran Via (shopping) and a few nice bars around it. Walking distance to the old town. There was a bit of a smell of cigarette smoke in the room and as we were on the 6th floor we were under the gym so it was a little noisy. Our room looked out onto an indoor lane way which wasn't very nice. The wifi was excellent and the air conditioning worked very well. The staff had English but weren't that friendly. The breakfast was ok. The bar was never open and the restaurant always looked pretty empty.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

This Hotel is in a very good location.
Near to the Museum and lot of nice places.
Very enjoyable places near by.
WIFI was complementary and and very good.
Buffet breakfast little costly but it was good.
Rooms are very clean and little big.
Front office very helpful. It is very close to Indian restaurant Gandhi.
It is just 50 meters away.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hotel Abando

Property: Hotel Abando
Address: Colon de Larreategui 9, 48001 Bilbao, Spain
Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao > Abando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Bilbao
#13 Romantic Hotel in Bilbao
#13 Business Hotel in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Abando 4*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New building with a modern and functional style - In the city's centre, in the financial & commercial district. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Occidental Hotel Bilbao

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