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Thursday, October 15, 2009
We've traveled for about 18 hours now and will arrive in Bilbao in a matter of minutes. Our trip from Albuquerque to Washington was pretty uneventful and, in fact, because of tremendous tailwinds made it about 30 minutes ahead of schedule. The flight from DC to Munich was pretty uneventful …
After two days in the little town of Loarre, we moved on to the Rioja "wine country". We stopped for lunch in Haro, but then decided that we weren't going to stay there for the night. Haro was a pretty town (population ~9000), and while there was no reason to leave right away, there really wasn't much of reason to stay either. I bet that during the …
... speaks English, it is very intense as you are friends right away, you may never see them again or you may see them at different locations. Always glad to see each other. I'm finding that I can actually remember a name after meeting someone here. Marg. started at Bilbao so just getting started. A good days walk today, about 20 Km but a lot of pavement. Got to a real nice Albergue in Liendo about 4:00 and in time ...
... 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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Petit Palace Arana Bilbao
Good in parts
The hotel was clean, very well situated for access to all the attractions of Bilbao. The downside was that the double beds were tiny and wardrobe space was minimal. For a double room, you had to take turns in using the wardrobe. There was too much space allocated to the bathroom and it was a bit disconcerting having a glass door to the bathroom/lavatory. Our room was quiet (3rd floor rear) and the place was charming. Staff did not have very good English but were helpful. Buffet breakfasts were excellent although the room was a bit eccentric.
We spent 5 nights in a family room between 14 April and 19 April 2004. The hotel is beautifully situated on the corner of the Plaza Arriaga, and if you are lucky enough, you will get a room with a view of the square with the River Nervion behind it in one direction, the Theatre opposite, and the attractive San Nicolas de Bari church across the way. I would recommend you ask for room 505 if it's available. This was our room and it had the best available view.
Good place to stay
Stayed between 27th and 31st May
Found the hotel very pleasant. Our room was on the third floor. I did my research, looked at other peoples comments so when faced with a glass see through door to the bathroom was prepared! When booking did specify two beds but got one king size bed. The location is excellent, right in the heart of the old city which has lots of shops and places to eat. Room was clean and spacious, just right for four nights. Even was given the use of an iron and iron board throughout the stay. Internet is free
Stayed 2 nights at the Petit Palace Arana and it is indeed in a great location. We were very disappointed with our room however, we had specifically requested a high room and were given a room on the 1st floor next to the stairs and the lift, this meant that people were constantly coming and going and it kept us awake most of the night, we could even here people's conversations when they were standing in the reception area, we asked to change the room as soon as we arrived and the reception were very unhelpful saying that they were full even though the group of 20 guys we met on the plane had just arrived and were checking in to higher rooms despite having booked last minute.
Found the Petit Palace to be clean with very friendly & helpful staff. One of the few hotels with a free safe facility in the room. The rooms are very modern, comfortable & clean - 3 minor points - 1. Lack of storage drawers; 2.The door to the bathroom is glass and see-through so the bathroom isn't very private!! and 3. the breakfast israther expensive at 11E per person (we strolled out to the Cafe Bopulevard about 50 metres from the hotel and had excellent morning tapas with tea/coffee for about 8-9E for the both of us and had the buzz of a local cafe-bar!!). The location is excellent, right by the river on the very edge of the "Old Town", next to the theatre and just a walk across the river to the new town and Gran Via. A pleasant stroll along the river bank gets you to the Guggenheim in about 15-20 minutes. Just to add - the stay in Bilbao was most unexpected as I'd heard and read of this industrial river town being polluted and grimy but was hugely surprised - apparently over the last few years massive amounts of money hve been spent cleaning it all up, and it shows. The old town is still very much like a local town where very little English is spoken and the locals go about their daily lives - full of character and loads of tiny bars serving great tapas. the new town is clean and has lots of bars and shopping. The metro is fantastic - not huge but is new and very clean & efficient and cheap!!!
Stayed one night in single room in February. You cannot have the window open, it looked onto a small well and there were about the noisiest air conditioning vents I have ever heard outside. It was even loud background noise with my walkman on (and a lot noisier than a plane, by way of example). The airconditioning sort of worked, after a fashion, but I would not stay here in summer because it didn't seem a strong enough system to cope. The view was standard industrial, as though staying in a factory - looking out onto a huge metal wall that nearly met the sky.On checking in I asked if they had a single room with a view, and was told no, all the single rooms were at the back. This annoys me so much: I paid ?75 uk pounds (including taxes and breakfast and a small booking fee since they dont seem to have their own bookable site) - that is - at todays rates - 138 us dollars or 109 Euros. Double rooms don't cost much more than that, yet have fantastic views. This is pure discrimination against the single traveller.The fittings are frankly silly. There is an all-over shower that - in my case - didn't actually work, except on one occasion when it seemed to be working to pour water all over the bathroom! The ordinary shower worked, but the water was not hot, same with the sink. What is the point of investing in stylish fittings if you don't get the basic right and have hot water? The sink was 'designer', ie too small. Just pointless 'style over substance' stuff.Staff friendly enough, but of the two I dealt with only one really spoke English.I had worries about fire safety. Fire doors where open at night, and my own room was a long long way (and a quite torturous path) from a dedicated fire exit - admittedly mine was the furthest from the fire exit of any room on the floor. I somehow doubt such design would be acceptable in the UK, but it seems it is in Spain.On the plus side: breakfast was good, fresh, plentiful, and good value. The room and bathroom were spotless, I would not fault them at all on that. The television worked and had good reception for a range of channels. The overall design of the hotel is lovely, and despite being in a dark 'well' the room did not feel too depressing. The internet terminal, free to use, in the reception area, was obvoiusly broadband - very fast, and I noticed the keyboard and mouse were spotless.In summary? Terrible if you want a view, a bit of natural light or a view. Don't stay if you are claustrophobic. But very clean. My own feeling is that I was ripped off - way way too expensive for a tiny 'back' room in a second-tier European city in February!
We stayed here september 2003. The location is perfect, on the edge of the old town, next to the river and on walking distance of the gugenheim. The rooms are very modern, with high speed internet (free) on a flat screen in the room. And a good breakfast buffet. Try the internet site for great last minute rates. We paid 80 euro, including breakfast. Just go there
Super nice and modern hotel placed very well
very nice, modern and polite hotel, very well placed from every main enterteiment of Bilbao