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After spending two days at Gite Couleau inside due to the constant rain and with more rain forecasted for the week – it was time to find a distraction. We decided to head out to Spain in the direction of the Basque country – our first stop on our pilgrimage was to the Guggenheim Museum "Bilbao". The Guggenheim …
... plenty of suggestion about the wealth that the harvest offers. Strange Egyptian pyramids, modernist assemblages and garlanded villa facades smelt of grape pulp and money! Big money.
Our friendly and patient Ms Tom Tom made the first of many errors and we crawled our way off the motorway up into steep Austrian woodlands. The road turned into hairpin bends and we realised for the first time how heavily ladened the van was. All those clothes, sketchbooks ...
... room to the world renowned Guggenheim Museum. To be completely honest though, neither of us were wildly impressed with the series of art that we encountered there. A stack of mismatch plates? A box of sawdust? A bronze sculpture of an old worn couch? Hmm… modern art is an interesting thing to understand or agree with. The building itself is delightful and large airy spaces, lofted ceilings, strange angles and stairways situated at the edge of ...
... red wine served with the meal, completed our Guggenheim experience with panache!
But let's begin at the beginning...we came to Bilbao from San Sebastián with low expectations, guidebooks saying it is really only worthwhile for the Guggenheim and the airport, both of which we will avail ourselves of. What surprised us is the vibrant street scene, lively pintxos bars, ...
... for a light dinner in the hotel. Probably a sensible move, given that we are booked in for another degustation for lunch tomorrow in San Sebastian... An enormous thank you to David and Bindy for your incredibly generous gift. Our experience in Bilbao will no doubt be both a culinary and cultural highlight of the trip. We will definitely be back!! A brilliant way to start the trip and it has only made us more excited for our next stop - San Sebastian! Until then - Adios amigos!! M A ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Nervion Bilbao
Nice stay at the Nervion
Stayed at the Nervion for one night in June and found the stay very comfortable. We ordered room service and it was fast and efficient. Great location! I would stay there again if going to Bilbao.
Stayed at the Hotel Nervion for two nights with our four teenage kids in July. We walked along the river to the Guggenheim both days--great views of the awesome building, as well as charming views of the older buildings along the way. We also walked in the opposite direction to the old town where we shopped and went out for meals. The hotel is perfectly situated along the river about midway between the Gug and old town (about a ten minute walk either way--felt very safe day and night). We had three rooms, all had their own bath, blow dryer (impt for teens) and two comfy beds. We got lucky and parked in the hotel's underground parking garage (it was full for most of the time we were there), and enjoyed the free and plentiful breakfast both mornings. We also enjoyed the lobby level bar, although the constant presence of smoke in Europe is hard to get used to. The hotel was great, and I highly recommend it!
Great location - great deal - great lobby & staff
A stroll across Calatrava's bridge and you're at the Gug. Very helpful staff, low rates and fine rooms. Overall, a good choice.
Stayed here last week and it was soo nice to stay in a nice place and pay a fairly good price! Our double room was $75-85 euros i think.
Check out their website. Its very close to the Guggenheim museum, but on the other side of the river. Rooms are immaculately clean. It was nice to stay here after spending many nites in cheaper hostals. It really is not that expensive for a place like this. We stayed at an ugly hostal in Barcelona that prob cost just as much!
Good choice for Guggenheim-goers
The best thing about this hotel is its location. It's a five minute stroll to the Guggenheim Museum, across an exquisite bridge by local architect Santiago Calatrava, and also close to the old city and the main shopping streets. And there are internet facilities right in the lobby, a real bonus which few European hotels seem to offer - even in 2003!