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Hotel Photo Zabalburu
Ranked #38 of 43 Hotels in Bilbao
1 review
“Nice little hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

It is a nice hotel, quite clean and comfortable, and it seams to be undergoing a renovation which is quite needed. The service was very good in general. The location is not that bad, although it is a 20 min walk from all the important stuff. The WiFi was a problem, but all in all it was a good place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

How to get there?

I walked from the bus station. Bilbao is located within a valley and is predominately flat and quite easy to walk around. Pick up a map at bus station.

Location

Bilbao is not that big a city to walk around and you can easily walk to old town. This hotel is located opposite a Le Corbusier inspired mixed use building with a supermarket and pub located within it.

Value

At 37 Euros with an ensuite, it was good value

Facilities

The mural on the bedroom wall of Bilbao looks really good. Has a TV and double bed.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Carnforth, United Kingdom
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225 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

hotel staff were really nice and friendly
Generally the hotel is of a good standard but looks a little tired in places,
Room was clean and big enough
Free wi-fi which is always handy
For breakfast you go next door to a local cafe so dont expect a buffet breakfast as is usual in hotels.
Close to the Old Town and easy found from the train station

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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519 reviews
114 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

A basic 2* is what you get. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but it ok for a short stay and good value. Staff friendly enough. it's got a supermarket across the road and a frui and veg shop and cafes on the street. It is on the edge of downbeaten area but not in it, I never felt worried( I though the old town was dodgier myself). I wouldn't bother with the €4.80 breakfast - it's just diy bread and marmalade, coffee and a cake

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Judging by the photos of the hotel online, we thought we were looking at a far better hotel than what we encountered. Certainly, it has ambitions of being hip and stylish, but the place, unfortunately has seen better days, sadly. The rooms are clean, but otherwise, in line with what I'd expect of a 2-star hotel.

The area it's in is, as other reviewers have noted, is seedy; and is quite a few blocks from the train station and historical centre and river.

The service is very friendly, generally better than what passes for customer service in Spain generally. Don't waste your time and money on the self-service 'breakfast' (if you could call it that), though.

Value for money: we were in town for Big Week, so most of the hotels would've been full, but we noted that the big chains like the Mercure were offering rooms for roughly the same as what these guys were charging. Definitely shop around, read TripAdvisor, and pay attention to the star-ratings and reviews of the hotels, _not_ the photos!

Room Tip: Not a room tip per se; don't bother with breakfast at the hotel, go to Cafe Bertiz (cafe bakery...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kolding, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

The hotel itself has a style and is easy to remembering. The Beatles billboards, black&white pictures from 60-ties. The staff is nice and colorful dressed.

Rooms are OK, nothing significant in any details but decent.

The hotel location is the main problem. It is far from the old town (20 minutes walking), it is far from most famous modern Bilbao architecture objects (30 minutes), it is about 15 minutes walking from rail station and bus station.
Yes, something is very close - it is a bull fighting arena. Additionally, this part of the town has a bad reputation. Walking around we have got recommendation from local people do not go out in the evening. Many patrolling police cars and police officers seem to confirm that bad reputation.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aarhus, Denmark
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

The major problem with this place is the location. The area is a bit rundown, and its not exactly central to sights, Metro and Lightrail. Also the area is a bit seedy. The place looks slightly run down, and my room was very small. The bathroom was fine though. It's ok clean, and the staff at the reception is very friendly. There is pretty much noise from outside and from other rooms as well. Nice "do-it-yourself-breakfast" option at the place. Great photos in a lot of places at the hotel. Wi-fi fine.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Photo Zabalburu
Address: C/ Pedro Martinez Artola, 8, 48012 Bilbao, Spain
Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao
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Ranked #38 of 43 Hotels in Bilbao
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Photo Zabalburu 2*
Number of rooms: 38
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