Travel Blogs from Bilbao
Today we rode the Bilbao Metro down to the harbour towns of Las Arenas and Portugalete. Between the two towns, on opposite sides of the river, is the oldest "transporter" bridge in the world. A transporter bridge is built high above the river so that ocean going ships can pass beneath it, while vehicles and pedestrians are transported across the …
We drove back to Madrid on Tuesday morning, and after returning the car we took the commuter train from Delicias Station up to Chamartin Station, where we caught the 4:00 p.m. train to Bilbao. For the first hour, the train runs on the high speed tracks through the mountains (literally--there is a long tunnel) to Segovia and Valladolid, but from …
You have to be there to really appreciate the Guggenheim. Frank Gehry's creation looks different from every angle, and changes as the light changes throughout the day. From inside, the entrance hall soars like a cathedral.
Got into Bilbao earlier today. Using my Starwood Starpoints, so we´re staying in a fairly posh room in the Sheraton. Apparently the city doesn´t have much to see, except the Guggenheim, so we´re going to take it easy tonight (although it´s 9 pm, so we are right on time for eating per the Spanish schedule), hit the museum tomorrow, and then head to …
... a bottom bunk. Showered and was outside drying off when Margaret shows up. She had taken a different route and was played right out. She has a good sense of humour and kept me entertained as we went out for a bite to eat. Her being a vegetarian is finding it hard to find something to order. Back to the beach tomorrow, I have to slow up a bit so my Aussie buddies can catch up, I need a few laughs and they can provide ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Bilbao
Excellent hotel at a great price
We stayed here for 2 nights last week for 103 euro a night. Fantastic bargain for such a new and luxurious hotel. Interesting construction and impressive lobby.
Gorgeous room with view of Guggenheim, comfortable bed, and great bathroom. Room service also good quality, although had to stay on hold a while as the front desk take the orders for room service so if they are busy you have to wait. Other than that excellent.
Had drinks at the bar one night and they were very reasonable.
This is an excellent hotel in a great location. The Bedroom was very comfortable and the bathroom was one of the best with a huge separate shower. The location is great 5 min walk to the Guiggenheim Museum and the old town is 10 min walk away. Taxi to the hotel from airport cost 25 euro ...or you could get the airport bus to the bus station for 2 euro 15 min journey time and then take the tram from bus station takes 5 min and costs 1 euro the tram stops beside the hotel. Breakfast in the hotel was very good. Got the room for 110euro inc breakfast on the Sheraton web site. Bilbao is good for a two night stay and you can see everything the city has to offer in 2 days.
After already booking the hotel for my partner and I as a getaway from it all weekend; I grew concerned of the worrying reports about the hotel. Booked via Expedia and after endless searching for more details on the hotel - I found out myself that there were building work next to the hotel. Upon contacting the hotel directly - they reassured myself that despite that I would definately not have a room overlooking the building work and that no noise could be heard from the hotel.
Far from being 5 stars
We stayed for 3 nights in October and booked through Sheraton's official website. The hotel is near to the city centre but is next to a building site. The pool in the Wellness centre was not in operational but we were not informed when we made the reservation, nor we were warned about the noise and dust from the building site. Breakfast was a letdown. There are not a lot of variety to choose from. Room service was poor. We left some used wine glasses on the table just to find out that they were being taken away and not replaced. One of them was not even cleaned. Overall, the standard of this hotel is not quite 5 stars yet.
Great Hotel for visiting Guggenheim
Beautiful, modern hotel close to Guggenheim. Ate in the bar (11 euros for a good three course meal).
Minor drawbacks: pay parking and difficult to find
Excellent Hotel and a Great Value
This was one of the most unique hotels we have stayed in for quite some time. The hotel itself is new and a very interesting art deco. The rooms were extremely comfortable, clean and modern. The bathrooms were to die for. The hotel had an excellent gym. The bar and restuarant were clean and alive each morning and night. The Sheraton is centrally located and can be reached in 10 minutes form the Guggenheim Museum. We booked through Expedia and it was a great value as well.
After pulling up in a taxi, and waiting a minute or so, no doorman emerged so I struggled into the hotel with my luggage, up a small flight of stairs and into the vast lobby. Not so vast in terms of floorspace, but some ten storeys high with a lofty atrium effect. After complaining that the swimming was not working, yet at booking I had been informed it was in operation, I was upgraded to an executive suite. This room comprised a large living room with a small suede sofa, undersized glass dining table, desk, corner unit with stereo, and a guest cloakroom. Off of this room, through sliding double doors was a large bedroom with a floor to ceiling window, towards the back was a double wardrobe housing the safe, and adjacent the bathroom. Bathroom had the usual twin vanities, separate toilet/bidet area, jacuzzi bath which was too short and narrow, and wet-room style shower on an unpolished marble slab. For a suite, I felt the bathroom was somehow not quite luxurious enough, and on the last day of my stay a terrible smell of drains was evident. The ventilation was not adequate, and like Hotel Arts the mirrors were not heated so one had to wait a while before they became operational again! Bed was extremely comfortable, with good selection of pillows and this time a duvet. Blinds, like Hotel Arts were fully electric; one could have a gauze to act as a screen from people in the street, or a black out lining down simultaneously. The entire room/living room was carpeted in a woven/plaid red/green effort - stylish, but impractical as already some of the loops had been caught. The living room should have had a wooden or marble floor, and the entrance lobby once again should not have been carpeted. The view from my window was a park in the distance and a large, but quite quiet building site in the foreground, when the work is completed (an underground car park) I'd imagine the view will have improved, but this did not cause any great inconvenience. A "business centre" comprised a few coffee tables, chairs, and one computer with free, fast internet access. The gym had eight or so pieces of equipment and a tiny sauna in the changing rooms. The pool area was accessed through a sliding door, and looked down on to the street, quite why it wasn't working is a mystery - the pool itself was an eighth full with water! The hotel has two restaurants, one is a café, and another a full service restaurant with menus developed by a michelin starred chef. The actual build quality throughout the hotel was distinctly lacking, with various fixtures not having been fitted perfectly.
Two gems in Bilbao
If you come to Bilbao in order to visit the Guggenheim Museum, you should stay at the brand-new Sheraton hotel. Not only it is within a walking distance from the Museum but by itself it represents an architectural wonder well worth a visit. Designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, this stunning building makes you wonder how will you ever be able to stay in a "conventional" hotel again.
But not only the building is to be praised; the staff is wonderful as well, forthcoming and friendly. Together, the building and the staff, made my stay at the Bilbao Sheraton an unforgettable experience.
Nothing like this ever seen in Bilbao before!
I would really like to encourage everybody to come to Bilbao and stay at Bilbao Sheraton Hotel!!
If you walk along the 2000 Bilbao (new, modern and avant-guard style quarter), between the Guggenheim Museum and the Bilbao Congress Hall, along the Nervión River, sorrounded by wild and rough mountains only 500 metres from the city centre, you shall be able to see who a stony, modern, stylish building, with peculiar colours, curious windows and an incredible lobby, both elegant and minimalist, emerges in the most beautiful corner of Bilbao.
The North of Spain is worth visiting, and specially Bibao, proud as it feels of its Sheraton Hotel.
Miriam Infante, Bilbao, Spain