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“Visit the city, stay in the country”
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Hotel Artetxe
Ranked #9 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
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Healesville, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Visit the city, stay in the country”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

An amazingly peaceful hilltop location with great views down onto the city. Yes you need a car or equivalent to get to the hotel and to get to furnicular railway to access the city but it is worth it. Great rooms, good facilities, good breakfast and English spoken by all the desk staff we dealt with. No in house restaurant for dinner but decent restaurants close by. Although if you want to eat cheaply I am not sure that there are such places close by.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We had the good fortune to stay at Artetxe during our visit to Bilbao. It's not centrally located and a vehicle or a taxi is a necessity but short of that it's heaven. The panoramic view overlooking the city is sensational. The hosts are wonderful, speak English, and offer all the help you could ask for. The rooms, while not fancy, are comfortable, clean and well appointed. The fun way to get down to the city is on the funicular which is fast and cheap and leaves you off near a very dramatic bridge over the river. From there it's a very short walk to the Guggenheim which is probably why you're going to Bilbao, isn't it?

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nanaimo, Canada
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

We found this hotel an excellent place to stay with easy access to Bilbao via a fuinicular. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, especially Eva. Two good restaurants are nearby. For anyone with a car who does not want to struggle with driving and parking in Bilbao Artetxe is a good place to stay.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The hotel is near Bilbao, however you would not even noticed that is near a big city. We loved waking up in such a beautiful location. They offered great breakfast buffet for 7 euros - we found it reasonable and delicious!

I would like to highly that they offer great customer service. We arrived late and we had not advised them but they were kind enough to leave our keys with the security guard at the parking - another bonus free parking!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flint, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Knowing I was arriving after 10pm, I had asked for a cold meal on arrival. The manager immediately emailed me a menu and when I reached my room, I found a magnificent plate of Serrano ham, 5 different cheeses, fruit, and a bottle of Rioja there! This is typical of the thoughtfulness of the hotel. The location is excellent if you have a car and want to see the city, where parking is a nightmare. Just drive to the funicular - the hotel will tell you exactly what to do - and there's free parking. Would strongly recommend Artetxe.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 25 March 2014 via mobile

Great small inn overlooking Bilbao. Welcoming owner who met our every need. Very clean and comfortable. Great breakfast. Need a car however there is a path to lower Bilbao right beside the hotel. Bus service from there or use the funicular about 3 k away. Ask for a room with a view.

  • Stayed March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We stayed for one night with our Jack Russell. The room was very clean and had everything we needed for our pet. The restaurant and food excellent and the staff very caring. i would strongly recommend it .end

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Artetxe, Gerente at Hotel Artetxe, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Dear guests and pet:
We appreciate your comments a lot, moreover coming from guests travelling with pet which means that you search for a more specific type of accommodation.
We always try to make it easy for you as regards pets needs: bowls for eating and drinking, vet services available upon request and a housekeeping disinfectation.
Happy to hear from you, all the best.
Yours sincerely,
Eva Artetxe
Hotel Artetxe Manager
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Property: Hotel Artetxe
Address: Carretera BI 3741 | Km 7, 48015 Bilbao, Spain
Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao > Abando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bilbao
#8 Family Hotel in Bilbao
#11 Romantic Hotel in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Artetxe 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Refurnished countryhouse basque style outside Bilbao downtown, located at the top of Artxanda hill offers panoramic views of the whole city, special spot to enjoy nature and relax.Good combinations with Loiu Interantion Airport, highways and coastal roads and Artxanda's funicular public transportation down to Guggenheim Museum area.Rooms equipped with bathroom, telephone, central heating, Led TV, visco elastic pillows. Bookcrossing area, parking lot under surveillance, free WIFI, We lend Netbook to check email, Coffee bar, Breakfast buffet. #prowellcomers #wellcomehotelartetxe ... more   less 
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