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By Zahra Al-Kateb | January 3 2007
Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare – choose from our stunning selection
The perfect complement to the Guggenheim Museum, Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao is partly an architectural wonder to rival the famous museum and partly a luxury hotel that has few equals in the city.
Its façade consists of multiple mirrors that beautifully reflect the neighboring Guggenheim, while the interior features the unique design talents of Javier Mariscal and Fernando Salas, and includes a 85-foot pebble tower. Whimsical and wonderful, the Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao is renowned as much for its luxury as for its design. The staff is attentive and polite, the onsite restaurant, Beltz the Black, is considered one of the finest in the city and the on-site meeting rooms can accommodate up to 500 guests.
Why we love it: Visitors to Bilbao will find that they’re never very far away from the Guggenheim Museum, but guests at The Gran Suite Museum have the best view of the city’s most famous monument. The terrace also provides a sumptuous view over the surrounding Basque countryside and is the perfect place to relax with a drink after a hard day’s sightseeing. Trendy and luxurious, the suite features a bathtub designed by Philippe Starck, with furniture and artwork from Javier Mariscal. Packed with modern amenities, including a Bang & Olufsen music center and 42” plasma television, the suite features a bedroom with a king-size bed and separate living room, as well as second bedroom with a sitting area.
Mr. Raul Fernandez Acha
+34 94 425 3300
Alameda de Mazarredo 61, 48009
The English-themed Hotel López De Haro has become the favorite of Basque critics and celebrities alike, thanks to its traditional interior, lavish comforts and excellent service.
Named in honor of Bilbao’s founder, Don Diego Lopez De Haro V, the hotel underwent complete refurbishment in 2007, resulting in a more contemporary style. Top Basque cuisine is available at the hotel’s restaurant, Club Nautico, and the Moet & Chandon Champagne bar is popular with Bilbao’s movers and shakers. The Guggenheim Museum is nearby, and it is widely rumored that its designer, Frank Gehry, sketched his first drawings in one of the hotel’s suites.
Why we love it: It’s no surprise to find that the hotel’s opulence continues into its top suite. The Presidential Suite is one of the finest in Bilbao, combining an elegant décor with comfort and luxury to provide the perfect accommodation for elite travelers. The suite also features many top class amenities, including a flat-screen TV in the living room and a Jacuzzi. The bathroom is larger than most hotel rooms in the city and the living area is filled with artwork and luxury furniture.
Ideally positioned opposite the Guggenheim Museum and close to some of the finest shopping in Bilbao, Hotel Miró is the premier boutique hotel in the city.
The minimalist interiors were created by the renowned fashion designer Antonio Miró; the black marble bathrooms and black carpets give the hotel a chic and elegant feel. Hotel Miró features an impressive 900 square foot spa that focuses on wellbeing, as well as a library and courtesy bar area for guests. Cozy and elegant, Hotel Miró is perfect for elite travelers who prefer a more intimate atmosphere and a hotel with its own personality.
Why we love it: The Master Suite combines the subdued elegance of the hotel with all the luxury elite travelers would expect. The suite features an open plan décor that makes perfect use of the abundance of natural light to create a spacious, natural feel. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the views are magnificent, while the peace and quiet offered by the Master Suite is the perfect tonic after a hard day’s sightseeing in the city.
Based in the former Sheraton Bilbao, Hotel Meliã is located on the banks of the Nervion River.
Perfect for business or leisure travelers, the hotel has a rich contemporary décor that oozes luxury and class. Hotel Meliã boasts one of the city’s finest spas in the Club Meliã and has an outdoor heated pool that offers stunning views over the city. The hotel’s on-site restaurant is run by José Miguel Olazabalaga, the chef behind the Andri Mari restaurant mentioned in our ‘Where To Dine’ section, and serves classic Basque cuisine. There are plenty of conference and event rooms of various sizes and the staff is renowned for its service and attention to detail.
Why we love it: Spacious, bright and packed with state-of-the-art technology, the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Melia is one of the finest in the city. The suite’s outdoor terrace and large windows provide excellent views, while the décor is contemporary yet relaxed. The suite features a living room and reading area as well as the master bedroom. Beautifully lit by the natural light that floods through the windows, this uplifting suite is the perfect way to relax before heading out to dine in one of Bilbao’s many fantastic restaurants.