7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Convenient location + good breakfast
"We stayed at the Barcelo Nervion for 3 nights and can recommend it to anyone who wants to stay within walking distance of the Guggenheim and the Old Town of Bilbao. We were pleasantly surprised by the fine breakfast buffet and the clean and modernistic feel of this hotel. There is also a hotel wide wireless internet lan that can be accessed at all times."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of July 2005
OK hotel in a very good location!
"A pretty average 3 star hotel. No record of our request for car parking so we ended up with a quarter mile trek from a public car park. The room was small but adequate. Bit noisy on occasions but nothing too bad. What saves this hotel is its location as it is on the riverbank just 5-10 minutes from the Gugg and then a further 5 minutes from the city centre. If you are looking for food then Restaurante "Tapelia" is well worth a try. Cross the footbridge over the river turn right and itâs on your left. Great Paella and a range of other dishes. The excellent house wine was 1.20 euro per glass and even cheaper by the bottle."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of June 2005
Better than expected
"We were pleasantly surprised with the standard of this hotel having read some previous reviews.
We stayed for three nights in mid April. The hotel is very central, particularly for the Guggenheim and is very good value for money. We had a large, clean, well appointed bedroom - and no noisty neighbours. The reception and social areas are spacious
The food, however, was basic and disappointing but with plenty of cafes/restuarants within 5 minutes walk there is no need to eat in the hotel
We would choose this hotel again in the future."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of May 2005
Better than expected
"From the reviews I'd read, I was expecting to encounter quite an array of audio effects from the rooms next door, but was delighted to say that that was not our experience at all! It quite obviously depends on what room you get.
Ours was quiet and comfortable.
Let's not kid ourselves: this is a large, modern business hotel; but for a very reasonable price, you get an impeccably clean bedroom & bathroom; and we even got a bonus "sitting room".
The only problem I encountered was people smoking EVERYWHERE, but this was not confined to the hotel - it seemed to be the same throughout the city.
The hotel's location is fantastic: on the river, 10 minutes walk from the Guggenheim, and only 5 minutes from the characterful Casco Viejo.
They also have a left luggage service, which is very handy if you have a late flight like we did. Breakfast is also good.
The bottom line is: would I stay there again? Definitely. I'm not sure if you could beat the location and value for money."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of April 2005
GREAT LOCATION SOME MINOR PROBLEMS
"We have stayed for 3 nights at this hotel, a double room 50â¬/night, excellent deal on the hotel's web site. Bilbao it is not a huge city and you can go walking from the hotel to the most interesting sites.(Guggenheim museum 20 minuts walk)
Rooms are big and clean but the plumbing as it has been mentioned before may be too noisy, also we would like to point out that the room temperature was too hot even with the heating system switched off.
despite of the fact that all rooms are equiped with airconditioned we prefer not to sleep with the airco working, we prefer not to imagine the room temperature in August."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of March 2005
"The hotel looked really nice & so did the room, just whenever anyone in the room above or next door flushed the toilet, ran a bath or use any kind of water, well it felt & sounded like you were underneath a waterfall, we stayed for 3 nights & did not get a good nights sleep for any of them.
The city was great, but beware of bag snatchers especially when you sit outside at a cafe, one person will distract you & another man dressed very smartly in a suit will try & grab your bag (this happened on two occasions!), also we noticed a two tier pricing structure in the Pinxo bars in the old town, if you spoke in english or Castiliano you got charged more than if you spoke Escurdo (sorry about the spelling!) also try to have your main meal at lunchtime it will cost about approx 7 -15 euros PP & include wine (menu dai) otherwise the same meal can cost from 35-50 euro PP at the same restaurants in the evenings.
Make sure you go to look at the Guggenheim museum at night it looks fab!"
- Travel date: Wed 13th of October 2004
Another mixed review
"Great location, as has been said before; halfway between the Guggenheim and the old town.
Staff at reception were quite brusque. Efficient, but no personal touch at all. Bar/restaurant area is cavernous, not at all intimate and I didn't want to eat or drink there.
Rooms are a good size and clean. We also heard loud noises whenever next door used the bathroom."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of September 2004