Bilbao's Casco Viejo (Old Town) is home to some of the city's best mid-range and budget hotels, charming streets, beautiful architecture, and delicious eateries. Kimkim staff visited Old Town and found the best properties, including those with rooftop terraces and rooms with balconies, allowing you to enjoy this historic neighborhood even more.

NYX Hotel Bilbao by Leonardo Hotels

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Enjoy classy rooms and Old Town views (photo courtesy of NYX Hotel Bilbao by Leonardo Hotels)

NYX Hotel Bilbao by Leonardo Hotels is a stylish and artistic hotel inside the city's Old Town on a fairly busy yet central street. You'll have easy access to top sites and eateries, plus you can enjoy views of the river and Teatro Arriaga (Arriaga Theater) from the hotel and walk to Plaza Nueva and the Bilbao Cathedral in under five minutes. Enjoy modern design, local artwork, and unique amenities, including vintage arcade games, live DJ sessions, and a stunning rooftop terrace with panoramic city views. The comfortable rooms have elegant and cozy interiors with warm colors and jewel tones, while higher-tiered rooms offer balconies that wrap around the building.

When hungry and not perusing the Old Town streets in search of pintxos, you can enjoy a range of unique dining experiences at the on-site Clash Gastro Restaurant and Clash Bar, as well as a delicious breakfast buffet. NYX Hotel Bilbao also features an on-site gym, and during the summer, you can sip cocktails on the rooftop terrace while taking in the city views. 

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Hotel Tayko Bilbao

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Stay in a historic hotel and enjoy river views from your balcony (photo courtesy of Hotel Tayko Bilbao)

Hotel Tayko Bilbao, an industrial-chic hotel in the city's Old Town, offers a unique blend of traditional and modern elements. Historically, it's Spain's fourth concrete structure design, which became quite popular in Bilbao. Perfectly situated to explore Bilbao's top attractions, the hotel is just minutes from the cathedral, Plaza Nueva, and other popular sites. Enjoy exceptional gastronomy at two on-site restaurants supervised by Michelin Star Chef Martin Berasategui, relax in the attic chill-out corner, or work out at the 24-hour gym.

The hotel offers a range of comfortable rooms with an industrial-lux vibe and modern amenities, including fluffy linens and L'Occitane toiletries. Upgraded rooms provide picturesque river views or balconies, while others face a quiet inner courtyard. If you're driving, it's important to note that the hotel doesn't have on-site parking—and because it's in the historic Old Town, it's situated in an area with limited vehicle access. 

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Bilder Boutique Hotel

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Warm, welcoming rooms in Old Town (photo courtesy of Bilder Boutique Hotel)

Bilder Boutique Hotel is a charming historic hotel in the heart of Bilbao's Old Town, steps from Plaza Nueva and within walking distance of the city's modern side. Housed in an 18th-century building, the hotel offers a range of comfortable and trendy rooms that are acoustically insulated to ensure a peaceful night's rest. You can choose between interior and exterior rooms, with some providing beautiful city views. With a cozy breakfast lounge and bar on one of the upper floors, you can enjoy a delightful morning meal or unwind with a drink.

The hotel's location on historic Correo Street immerses you in the unique spirit of Bilbao, with easy access to the city's attractions, including the Bilbao Cathedral and Erribera Market. You can also reach the Guggenheim Museum via the picturesque riverfront promenade in about 20 minutes. In addition to its rich history, the hotel is committed to environmental sustainability, eliminating minibars and artificial lighting in areas with natural light.

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Sercotel Arenal Bilbao

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Embrace the historic exterior and interior of this Old Town hotel (photo courtesy of Secrotel Arenal Bilbao)

Sercotel Arenal Bilbao, a centrally located hotel in the city's Old Town, offers a modern, spacious, and bright stay with easy access to iconic sites like Plaza Nueva and Arriaga Theater. The hotel is pet-friendly, and though the rooms are a bit small, they cater perfectly to couples and solo travelers. Each morning, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and make use of the cozy library lounge and business center during your stay.

Although the hotel doesn't provide any other meal services beyond the breakfast buffet, its prime location allows you to explore Bilbao's famed Old Town restaurants, just steps away. Housed in a historic building that was once an industrial structure, Sercotel Arenal Bilbao embodies the city's modern spirit while preserving its rich history. With its proximity to attractions like Bilbao Cathedral, Erribera Market, and the Guggenheim Museum, you will surely enjoy an authentic and memorable experience in the heart of Bilbao.

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7Kale Bed & Breakfast

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Bright rooms, cozy linens, and private balconies (photo courtesy of 7Kale Bed & Breakfast)

7Kale Bed & Breakfast is another hotel in Bilbao's Old Town, though it calls itself a bed-and-breakfast. That's because it serves a delicious morning meal, but keep in mind it comes at an additional cost. Nevertheless, the property offers a cozy and comfortable stay, with some rooms featuring private balconies. You'll be on a picturesque cobblestone street, just a short walk from the Bilbao Cathedral and Arriaga Theater, and about a 20-minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum via the river. The neighborhood is brimming with some of the city's best restaurants, pintxo bars, and monuments.

The welcoming rooms at 7Kale showcase the essence of the Basque Country with their use of natural textures and tones. Premium options offer additional amenities such as air conditioning, smart TVs, and balconies. Enjoy breakfast in the dining area or request room service to savor it on your balcony. The hotel's prime location, inviting atmosphere, and helpful staff make 7Kale an excellent place to rest and experience the local culture of Bilbao's Old Town.

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Pensión Basque Boutique
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Enjoy historical details and quirky art (photo courtesy of Pensión Basque Boutique)

Pensión Basque Boutique is a uniquely quirky hotel in Bilbao's Old Town, featuring eight thematic rooms that reflect the rich Basque culture. Each room features handmade furniture and art, representing various aspects of the Basque Country, such as the traditional caserío and symbols of Bilbao's festivities. Despite its eccentricity, the hotel offers modern amenities like free WiFi, air conditioning, and private bathrooms. Situated on a charming street, you can easily explore the city on foot, as you'll be steps from the Bilbao Cathedral and a four-minute walk to Plaza Nueva.

The hotel's immersive experience allows you to truly experience Basque culture in the rooms and colorful lobby, which features paintings and figures by local artist Agustín Ibarrola inspired by the Oma forest. While the decor of Basque Boutique's rooms may not appeal to everyone, the hotel's unique atmosphere and prime location make it an excellent choice for travelers looking to embrace the essence of Basque culture during their stay in Bilbao.

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Pensión Boutique Caravan Cinema
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Relive your favorite films while staying in the Old Town (photo courtesy of Pensión Boutique Caravan Cinema)

Pensión Boutique Caravan Cinema is a unique and memorable hotel in Old Town that combines design, history, and comfort. You'll be just around the corner from Plaza Nueva and a quick two-minute stroll to the Bilbao Cathedral. This prime location offers easy access to the city's most iconic attractions and immerses you in the vibrant culture of the Old Quarter, including the popular pintxos bars. With its retro vintage design inspired by the 1950s, the hotel features rooms and apartments paying homage to legendary filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, and Pedro Almodóvar. 

Though the hotel is small, with just five rooms and two apartments, its charming and distinctive atmosphere creates a unique experience. The film-inspired decor may not appeal to everyone, but it's an ideal choice for those who appreciate cinema and vintage style. You'll enjoy cloud-effect mattresses, sound systems, and bathrooms equipped with Hierbas de Ibiza brand amenities in the rooms. Caravan Cinema is conveniently situated between a tram and metro stop, so other Bilbao attractions, such as the Guggenheim Museum, numerous parks, and monuments, are still easily accessible.

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Map of The 7 Best Hotels in Bilbao's Old Town
Map of The 7 Best Hotels in Bilbao's Old Town