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NH Collection Ria de Bilbao
Ranked #4 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
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Brooklyn, NY
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“Great Hotel”
Reviewed 6 September 2009

Centrally located and overlooking the river, this one of the most affordable hotels we could find and it turned out to be a great deal. Sometimes really modern hotels which are budget priced can be tacky but Hisperia was actually cool. You can walk over the footbridge and be the Guggenheim in a 15 mins. We would absolutely stay there again.

Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2009

Just a one nighter. Relatively accessible hotel with underground parking. Just a short walk from the Guggenheim and the decent restaurants of Bilbao.
The rooms themselves are fine but nothing more spectacular than this. Talk of a view of the Guggenheim is a little rich as you need to really strain your neck to get a glimpse. Breakfast the next day is a typical buffet.

All said, nothing spectacular but a perfect location. Avoid the bar which is a classic yuppie hotel bar with a poor selection and an icey atmosphere.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2009

When we arrived we were told that the hotel was overbooked and we thought the desk person was telling us they were going to send us somewhere else, but he was actually telling us that we had been upgraded to a corner suite. Our opinion of the hotel is probably colored by this bit of luck. The room was massive with a separate living room and two balconies overlooking the river. We enjoyed the location and were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go, both in the old town as well as near the Guggenheim.

Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2009

What's not to like? We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights as part of our summer vacation in Spain.

It was easy to find - we caught the bus from the airport (3247 - goes every half an hour, costs €1.30pp) which dropped us off immediately after crossing the bridge near the Guggenheim. From there it was an easy 10 minute walk with a suitcase across the Zubizuri bridge and the hotel was fine to locate with the colourful windows.

Staff at checkin were very helpful, and while we were a couple of hours early were happy to give us a room as soon as it became available and mind the bags while we went out to explore.

The rooms are very comfortable - nicely decorated, modern, clean. Really liked the slightly minimalist style. All amenities worked fine (safe, fridge, tv etc) and thought that everything was quite well maintained.

We ate once in the 'cafe/bar' - the food was perfectly acceptable, although service was slightly slow. But very comfortable seats and a nice outlook over the river.

They have good services - onsite parking if you have hired a car, or bike hire if you plan to get out and view the city by bike.

It's a good location - not far to walk to Casco Viejo (Old Town) for a wander around the shops, bars and restaurants. Equally, an easy 10 minute walk to the Guggenheim - either by the Zubizuri bridge close to the hotel, or walking a little further past the Guggenheim (also a great opportunity for photos by night when it is lit up) to the pedestrian bridge (Puente de Pedro Arrupe) a little further down.

You can also use the Funicular (a block behind the hotel) to visit Artxanda for more great views of the city (at €0.90 each way, a great option) We found that walking down gave us the chance to appreciate the city from a variety of angles.

There are plenty of small bars/cafes in the street directly behind the hotel and we found the staff in a few that we visited to be very friendly and food/drink very cheap (but lovely!). Fresh food, well made and served with a smile. Excellent.

All in all a lovely hotel experience, and would have no qualms recommending it to anyone visiting Bilbao.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2009

Good location and extremely comfortable hotel, an easy walk to the Guggenheim. We had a room overlooking a sidestreet which was fine, as quieter. Good value given that a varied breakfast was included.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 3 August 2009

Only stayed one night, but the staff could not have been more helpful. We were upgraded to a Superior room with a little coloured glass balcony overlooking the river. Only a 5-10 minute walk to the Guggenheim (you could see it from the balcony if only there weren't so many trees!) and about 15 minutes in the other direction to the old quarter. We booked with booking.com and our deal included 2 free passes to the Guggenheim so it turned out to be amazing value. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 18 July 2009

I stayed here for three nights in July 2009. I booked the hotel using the Hisperia website - I would recommend this as they had a pay for 2 nights, stay 3 deal. My room was very clean and everything worked. The bar service was good and it was lovely to sit outside on the terrace in the warm evening weather - I would recommend their cocktails.

The reception was a little understaffed at times - I did have to wait - however, the receptionist was always more than happy enough to assist me with directions, dinner bookings, etc, without rushing me along.

Overall, I would definately stay here again - principally because of the location of the hotel and the good service from staff.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: NH Collection Ria de Bilbao
Address: Campo Volantin, 28, 48007 Bilbao, Spain (Formerly Hesperia Bilbao)
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Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao > Castaños
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Bilbao
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bilbao
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bilbao
#11 Family Hotel in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — NH Collection Ria de Bilbao 4*
Number of rooms: 151
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Combining avant-garde design with a superb location across from the Guggenheim, the newly-built Hesperia Bilbao is a luxury hotel just 200 meters from the main shopping area. ... more   less 
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