Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
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Historical Traveler Reviews Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
It's Really Very Good!
After promising myself never to book a hotel until I've checked out this website for reviews, I booked this hotel for two nights at the end of a week travelling up the northern Spanish coast.
It certainly didn't disappoint! Although we weren't lucky enough to be given a room overlooking the Guggenheim, our inside facing room was excellent.
All the little touches that you get with a 4/5* hotel were there. Chocolates on the pillows at night and beds turned down. Thick soft towels and bath robes awaited you. It certainly was luxurious.
The only disappointment we had was the restaurant was closed for the week as they had gone on holiday!! There were restaurants galore nearby though.
No hesitation in recommending this one.
Is this the best hotel in the world?
maybe not, but pound for pound it's the best that i and my partner have ever stayed in. the lap bath, views, huge gorgeous bed, stylish interior, exterior, warm tasteful decor and hip little cd player require something as stunning as the guggenheim opposite to get you out of your room. i took my partner and it was the smartest thing that i could have done. treat someone you love and take them.
The views of the Guggenheim are great. Especially during breakfast - when you sit in the top floor of the hotel (they open up the terrace and the whole breakfast setting will be openair when the sun comes out). My wife and me made use of the hotel a lot more than we palnned to - we had hard rain every day during a 3 night stay, shortly after the terrorist bombing in Madrid. Sightseeing was a kind of wet and bars were not very busy. Thanks to a nice Philp Stark bathtube and a very comfortable bed we made the best out of it - alsways haveing a view to the Guggenheim - even throug the window of the bathroom - which let you look trough you room on to the Guggenheim.
The hotel is well designed - especially the bathrooms. There is no spa or pool or anything which is a kind of strange for a 5* venue. The Miro - down the street - is much smaller but has a very nice spa. The staff is friendly and helpful. The have internet access in their library (ask for the library - it is a nice & well designed place in the first floor). The restaurants and bar are well designed too and especially the lunch menue seems fair priced.
They also have rooms which face the atrium. They are the cheaper ones and do not offer fresh natrual air - which I prefer. The special offers ususally are not for the executive rooms which face the Guggenheim.
Make sure to aske before you book!
This and the Miro Hotel (named after the owner - not the painter) are obviously the only hotels who seem to have modern design.
Teh Hotel Domine is a modern and beautiful hotel with an amazing location, in front of the Guggenheim Museum. The service is excellent with friendly staff willing to make your stay confortable. Rooms are spacious with minimalist decor. Would go back any time!
Wonderful Ultra Contemporary Designer Hotel
Stayed in this wonderful hotel for 2 nights after Christmas in December 2003. One of the best 5 star hotel experiences I have recently had (see also comments on Westin Palace in Madrid and Melia Granada). Was also surprised to get a discounted and very good value deal especially around the holiday period.
The hotel itself is an architectural gem on its own. The design is very stylish and everything is done in good humour. The rooms are super modern with all amenities that one requires. Particularly love the bathrooms with the Philippe Starck bathtubs and the black and white cat and dog rubber toys (could not help asking for extras when checking out). The toileteries were wonderfully packaged. The public rooms are wonderfully designed and staff are very friendly and helpful. If you are running out of things to do in Bilbao (which is quite easy after 2 days) just ask the friendly concierge who can suggest other interesting things that you can do. A cheap and short trip on the Metro to the nearby seaside suburbs is worth taking, and take the Tram around the city to absorb the local atmosphere. The location of the hotel is unequalled - right next to the Guggenheim and walking distance to public transportation and shops.
Every lover of contemporary architecture must vist this hotel (even if not staying there) just to look at the public rooms and the massive stone Javier Mariscal sculpture in the atrium.
Later found out that the hotel won the best hotel in Spain award in November 2003 - very well deserved. Will definitely stay at the hotel again on my next trip to Bilbao.
Everything from the chairs to the in-room cds was simply awesome. The breakfast buffet was super and I can't imagine a better view of the Guggenheim.
True First Class Hotel
A wonderful hotel across the street from The Guggenheim. First Class in every way. Next to the museum,the hotel was a highlight of my trip.
Without a doubt,one of the best hotels I've stayed at.
Architects will love this hotel
More than just a hotel, it follows the example of the Guggenheim across the street; it's architecture is a work of art in its own right. Every detail is thoughtfully designed. A beautiful place to stay. Pay extra for a room overlooking the museum.
Beautiful Hotel and Service
Overlooking the Guggenheim, this modern hotel offers almost as much architectural interest as the musuem. The rooms are deluxe, and the service better. I've rarely been treated so well by a hotel staff. If you can afford it, the top floor middle suite has a balcony with a stunning view of the museum.
The Gran Hotel Domine is opposite the Guggenheim Museaum and many of its rooms face this architectural icon. The hotel is ultra stylish, the bar ultra cool and the food great. The rooms - complete with Philippe Stark designed baths - are well worth staying indoors to enjoy but as Bilbao is the tapas capital of Spain, get out there and enjoy!
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Travel Blogs from Bilbao
... and so came to discover that it worked like this: a dead goose was greased up with olive oil on its neck, then hung upside down over a river. Whomsoever could hang onto this goose neck for the longest while it was raised above then quickly dipped below the river would be the winner. Nothing much happened while I was there but later I saw on the television that the winner had been dipped in at least 5 times before he gave up the goose (is that where this saying came ...
... blue scarf around the neck which looked very patriotic. Lots of street parties and tents. Great tapas in the bars and lots of the lovely black pudding and rice speciality on bread!
There was a huge fireworks show just up the river from the Museum and then an 11.30pm concert outside the museum of flamenco dancers. We left soon after midnight because I had visions of being stranded in the city with no taxis and our hotel was not close ...
... banks of the Nervion River, the bridge offers pedestrians a convenient route from hotels to the nearby Museum.
After our visit to the Guggenheim it was off to our hotel for the night and an "included dinner". Chicken again! It was pasta in Italy, chicken in Spain. We will all be clucking before the tour is over! We are hanging out for a good Vietnamese meal at our favourite Anna's in Leederville.
After dinner some ...
... had a KTM 990 but he was a bit funny and clearly didn’t want to appear friendly incase it undermined his position in the snarly hierarchy. I’m ashamed to say that all this group was composed of Brits. I have felt for some time that we are not as friendly or welcoming as we could be, we are described as reserved, I think it’s to do with being on an Island. At least I’ll put that excuse for poor manners forward.
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