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NH Collection Ria de Bilbao
Ranked #4 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
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“Excelente”
Reviewed 8 March 2010

3 nights.Very clean, and quiet room, with a huge and comfortable bed. Varied,and quality breakfasts. Easily walkable to centre/main places of interest. When we arrived , we saw that we had booked a room at the side of the hotel.The room was fine, but upgraded to front room instead - WELL worth extra -Perpetually interesting view of river and promenading citizens of Bilbao and their (surprisingly quiet )dogs. You CAN see the Guggenheim , but its not opposite , and partly obstructed by a bridge. Still,its a very interesting bridge when arch on bridge starts to light up in always changing patterns :Seems to be a "K" shape- Maybe Jeff Koons (?).
Guggenheim is essential ,both inside and out and is more than likely why you are there in the first place. Museo de Bellas Artes , worthy , but much less essential.
Suggest Prada A Tope in the old quarter for dinner (Menu del noches -3 courses plus Wine/ water and bread for 25e pp). We ate there twice , excellent both times (try the white cherries in liqueur for dessert from the main menu - estupendo). Avoid Harrobia as we found all the food theretruly horrible (and not just 'not to our taste').
The funicular railway (just behind hotel) is worth a trip for great view of Bilbao ,and the Guggenheim.We would definitely go back to this hotel. Be sure to book a No Smoking room if that is what you want -specifying on the day you arrive would be at extra cost.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2010

This is a modern hotel that was very clean and offered free wireless connection in the room and a pay as you go computer in the lobby. The staff spoke adequate English and was very helpful. Although it appears outside of the center city area, it is only a 10 minute walk to the major attractions in Bilbao including the Old City. Easy access to a walking bridge across the river. Also offers a parking lot under the hotel which was added convenience.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

5-10 minute walk to old town on one side, Guggenheim on the other, and center city over the foot bridge. Close enough to the action but didn't hear a thing on a night of a big festival. Helpful staff. Clean, moderate, but a tiny bit tight rooms. Can't complain for Europe though.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 October 2009

This was tied as my favorite hotel of our Spain trip (Catalonia Port in Barcelona being the other). Very reasonably priced, the rooms were large for Europe, and it’s right on the river near a pedestrian footbridge. The only downside is that the shower was just a square stall, and I’m not sure why they didn’t extend it out further as there was room to do so. But aside from that, the room was nice, clean, and modern. Internet was included. The hotel staff were the friendliest we had in Spain. As an aside, the look of the hotel is very unique and quite easy to spot from the tram. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Bilbao.

Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Cork
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

Stayed in Hesperia in September 09 for one night. Very funky hotel, very helpful at reception, nice restaurant and the room we had was fantastic (if a little dark).

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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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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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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