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Wie die meischte vo euch wüssed, bin ich das Wuchenänd in Bilbao gsi, wel ich d'Englischprüefig IELTS gmacht han. Bilbao isch nur e Stund mitem Flugzüg vo Madrid entfernt. Mitem Bus Nr. 3247 isch mer mit 1.35 EUR scho ide Stadt inne. Ich ha mer es 4*-Hotel gegenüber ehm bekannte Guggenheimmuseum gönnt, damit ich nochli chan lerne und vor allem denn …
This morning did not look promising as I could here the rain outside my window and was in no hurry to get up. When I went out for the morning cafe con leche it was looking better and I got packed up and headed out. Getting out of town proved difficult as the streets don't run straight, and the street name is not always obvious. I got directions about three times and one fellow actually walked about four blocks to ...
... give it justice! It was just totally amazing ! Then we had to walk on more beach for about 5 kilometers. We stop at all churches and as we stopped a man approached us and told us not to miss the convent that sold pastries! Terry never miss a good pastry shop we follow his instructions but we arrive 5 minutes too early so I am very impatient then I started reading the posters on the wall. It was the Virgin of mercy. It said to ask for protection and say 3 ...
... town of Santona! A fishing town which is celebrating a fiesta today! La Virgin del Puerto! She is the saint that discovered America aboard one of the ships! We of course got lost and asked a few ladies to help us! They began to take us all over town explaining everything about their town! They we wonderful and very helpful! One of them was named Puerto so it was her Saint's day! She was so happy she was singing ...
... well, as Bilbao, at that time a decaying port city, is now on the world tourism map, the city is revitalized and locals have a world class building to be proud of.
We take advantage of the free street parking and, not being great fans of contemporary art and unwilling to splurge on the €13 admission ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hesperia Bilbao
Dies ist ein sehr gutes Hotel. Es entspricht auf jeden Fall dem Standard eines 4 Sterne Hotels und ist dafür auch noch sehr gut. Das Zimmer war selbst für spanische Verhältnisse recht klein, hat aber auch keinen wirklich großen Unterschied gemacht. Sehr guter Preis, wenn Sie ehr bezahlen bekommen Sie wahrscheinlich auch ein größeres Zimmer, meiner Meinung nach ist es das aber nicht wert, es sei denn, Sie bekommen ein gutes Angebot oder brauchen einfach mehr Platz. Die Zimmer sind sehr sauber, gut aufgeteilt und noch recht neu. Es gibt wahrscheinlich bessere Hotels in Bilbao, wenn Sie aber ein gutes Angebot bekommen, ist es das wert. Ich würde auch wieder hier wohnen.
Das Hotel Hesperia war wunderbar. Modern und stylisch, sauber und komfortabel. Die Angestelltenwaren freundlich und zuvorkommend und das Frühstücksbuffet bot eine erstklassige Auswahl. Die Lage war gut, direkt am Fluss und in Gehbarer Entfernung zu allen Sehenswürdigkeiten.
Can't go wrong with the Hesperia Bilbao
Great location (across the river from Guggenheim). Very 'hip', clean and modern hotel with a very friendly staff that spoke English.
As others have said, the staff is unfailingly gracious, the hotel is spotless and beautiful to look at. I was there for a meeting, and the staff support for our 100-attendee meeting was flawless. The breakfast is typical of a good European hotel, which is to say that it's very nice indeed.
Great location next to the river with a view from the plate-glassed cafe downstairs of the Guggenheim downriver on one side and the Santiago Calatrava pedestrian bridge practically next to the hotel on the other side. After parking the car in the typically tight European parking garage (get there early to get an easy spot), you can walk to the Guggenheim along the river, take a tram across the river, walk to the main shopping thoroughfare, in other words forget the car in a city that's murder to find a park in. The staff are super friendly, the hotel spotless, the rooms not only comfortable but original in many design details (the hotel has clearly tried to pick up on the stimulus the Guggenheim has given to the city's image as a city of art and design). The free wireless in one's room is absolutely brilliant, perhaps making up for the sparse selection of TV channels. I would definitely stay here again next time I'm in Bilbao.
It´s a good place.
For it´s category, it meets a 4 star standard. For its range it´s good. The room I stayed in was kind of small, even for spanish standards, but not a huge difference either. Got a good price on it, if you pay more you´ll probably get a bigger room, but I don´t think its worth it unless you get a good deal or would rather have extra space.
Room was really clean, well organized, and new.
While there are probably better hotels in Bilbao, if you choose this place, and get a good rate, you´ll be fine.
I´d stay here again.
What's not to like about this hotel?
This new hotel (opened Sept.05) is not only modern with big rooms and big bathroom with lots of glass, it has a great bed. After a month in Europe moving from country to country and hotel to hotel, my wife and I agree that this hotel has a great bed. Service staff is very pleasant and helpful and we got along so well that they treated us to a day at the Guggenheim which was a short walk over the bridge and down the river. We could see it from our window (which opened to our delight) The restaurant in the hotel is very very good, although one never wants for a good meal in the Basque country. We always, I mean always consult TripAdvisor before we book and we read the two reviews on this new hotel and decided to disregard the one about the difficulties with the WiFi and take advantage of the great rate. When we arrived we were so pleased that we took advantage of the cheap 15 euro upgrade to a huge room. The WiFi is still a bit slow but I've spent 3 days on my computer communicating with home and the office. It is a sleeper rated at 43 or 47 on TripAdvisor. Our Advice: GO FOR IT!
Sadly, and for the first time after more than twenty years traveling in Spain, I feel badly let down by customer service in a hotel.
Hesperia's USP is that it has free WiFi. Despite the efforts of the staff they were unable to get it running. I lost over 4 hours and was unable to complete the work I had to do. I got an impression that there was a lack of experience/training, a management fault obviously.
What really shocked me was the response(?)to my mail of complaint. After more than a week later I received from a Mr Jesus Arnedo an offer of an upgrade 'if available' for my next(Why would I?)visit. To my second mail there was no answer. Just not acceptable in Spain, where there are many hotels with much better service.
Hotel Hesperia was wonderful. Modern and stylish, clean and comfortable. Staff were friendly and accomodating and the breakfast buffet had an excellent variety. The location was good, by the river and within walking distance of most tourist sights.