The hotel is indeed located quite centrally and is convenient for exploring the city. I also found the rooms quite clean and of average size.
Where it lets itself down however is:
The reception staff are not very friendly, and always seem to be more interested in doing something else rather than to pay you any attention.
The room did not have any tea / coffee making facilities. Maybe this is normal and is not a problem for most people, but I thought it worth pointing out as I missed having my coffee when I wake up.
I had a room on the 4th floor, facing onto the road. The road is not very busy, but there is enough traffic (and workmen) at all hours of the night to keep the light sleeper awake. Of course some noise is expected in a city center hotel, but the windows were quite ineffectual at blocking out any noise - in fact people talking on the street could be heard with the windows shut.
The hotel boasts free Wifi. I would beg to differ! It may be free, but I had better speeds on my old dial up modem in the 90's. This despite having an excellent signal strength that reported a possible speed of 54M.
All in all, there are worse places I have stayed, but was expecting a little better from this hotel.
- 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