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
... Then to complete the meal, there was a dessert of mousse pudding cake and whipped ice cream. Everyone enjoyed talking with the Angles family using broken Spanish combined with their broken English, using google translate, as well as just plain sign language:) Dinner was followed by Jesica, Rebecca, and Joslyn singing some songs for everyone. It was a wonderful night!
... to navigate around this quaint place. It was then back to the van and back to our campsite in Vilar Formosa. Cocktail hour is upon us,.. so it's G & T and cold Carlsberg in the shade by the Motorhome. Oh yes,.. I meant to mention a little about our campsite at Vilar Formosa. In the book we use to find these sites, they said of this site, "There is a shop opposite the site that is worth a visit. It stocks virtually everything you could want, and a whole load ...
... The small cafés and bars are everywhere, some are always full and others seem to be empty. Bread is always brought to the tables, but unlike the States, it is not free but it is usually very fresh.
Some restaurants have either menus with English translations or menus in English. Fresh fruit for desserts, does not always mean that it is cut up into slices and placed in a bowl, so check before you order. We got an apple, complete with knife and plate at one ...
... We had accommodation booked already in Bordeaux and Paris as we were flying out of Paris to get to Split, but the only bus that would get us from Bilbao to Bordeaux (about 4 hours or something) arrived at 3:30am! We were staying in AirBnB so a bit different to a 24 hour reception desk and she said she wouldn't be able to check us in at that ridiculous time. Fair enough. After a lot of research in various methods including getting trains to random ...
... of titanium on the outside (which is very expensive and durable material!). On the outside of the museum, there is an enormous dog sculpture made completely out of flowers, which are replaced every season. Not only is the outside of the Guggenheim aesthetically appealing, but the inside is equally amazing. There were a lot of very interesting art exhibits throughout the museum. ...