2 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good Hotel in the centre of Bilbao
"We stayed in this hotel for 5 nights and I coudnÂ´t fault it. It was our first stay in an Ibis and if they are all like this one I would be inclined to go to others. The hotel is central for everything in Bilbao.ItÂ´s easy to get from the airport by a bus which only costs 1.30â¬ The hotel was easy to find from the Plaza Moyua.The room was exactly as seen on the virtual view on the Ibis website. It was spotlessly clean and had everything we required.The staff were friendly and helpful.The hotel offered a 24 hr food and drink service. We had breakfast in the hotel one morning and it was very good, there was a good range of cereals,meats, yoghurts and breads and rolls etc and tea and coffee were included in the price of 6.50â¬. The hotel is within walking distance of all the main museums and the bus station. The tram is a good way of seeing the some of the city it cost 1.20â¬.We took the bus to San Sebastian and to Santander. This seems to be the best way of travelling to these places as recommended by the tourist information. The scenery is lovely when travelling to both places.Take the PESA bus (cost 10â¬ each way ) to San Sebastian and the regular ALVA bus (6â¬ each way )to Santander. You can only buy a single to San Sebastian and it is far simpler to buy a single to Santander than to buy a return, San Sebastian was worth the hour journey .The beach ,Playa Concha is beautiful,the journey is direct. I woudnÂ´t rush back to Santander, the organisation of the buses on return was horrendous. We enjoyed our stay in Bilbao, and found a nice cafe in the old town ,Cafe Brasil on La Calle Correo, where the food was good and the staff were very friendly and gave us information about the city and itÂ´s history.It was our first visit to the basque region and one thing which is different from other parts of Spain is that they eat much earlier in the evenings, around 8Â´pm or 9pm.
We enjoyed our stay in Bilbao and would recommend a stay there.Perhaps we liked Bilbao because we have much in common with the Basque nation, being Scottish."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of July 2009
Typical no frills Ibis, good for 1 night
"Price paid per night: 49 euros (prepaid online rate)
Would I stay again for the price? Yes
Would I recommend it for the price? Yes
- all the basics well covered, as you would expect from an Ibis
- unfriendly staff
Bilbao is small enough to walk everywhere really so location is not such an issue but being in the city centre helps so the Ibis was good in that regard (15mins to Guggenheim on foot). It's also not far from the bus station if you are going to San Sebastian.
The key thing (as we learned later) in Europe is to ASK for a non-smoking room in hotels that have mixed rooms...only at our next Ibis did we realise they automatically give you a smoking room unless you indicate otherwise!"
- Travel date: Sun 21st of June 2009