Bilbao's hotel scene matches the city's reputation, blending history with eclectic modernity. The best hotels in Bilbao reflect this combination with historic buildings, chic interiors, unique art, authentic decor, and the most sought-after amenity: a view of the impressive Guggenheim Museum. After visiting numerous hotels in Bilbao, kimkim put together this list of the best of the best, from surprisingly stylish budget options to elegant luxury picks.

Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao

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Stylish rooms from Bilbao's 70s heyday (photo courtesy of Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao)

Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao is a beautifully restored historic hotel that opened in the 1970s. Located in the center of Bilbao, the hotel offers a unique combination of Basque culture and Anglo influences, making it a perfect base for exploring the city's thriving social, financial, political, and cultural scenes. The hotel's rooms are designed with plush furnishings and feature urban views, providing a comfortable and immersive experience of the city's glamorous 1970s era. The hotel also has a rooftop bar, La Terraza, and sophisticated dining and drinking options like El Bar Americano.

A favorite aspect of the hotel is its delicious breakfast, great service, and cozy rooms. And as a bonus, the prime location places you in the perfect spot for exploring the bustling city, with attractions like Txabarri Palace and Casilda Iturrizar Park only a short walk away. For a taste of luxury, try the vintage rooms with plush pink velvet, tartan, and houndstooth furnishings. Enjoy the hotel's amenities, including the wellness center, yoga classes, and the 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant. Please note that some of these amenities might come with additional costs. Overall, Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao offers an authentic and unique stay that encapsulates the unmistakable glamour of 1970s Bilbao.

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Gran Hotel Domine

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Enjoy the views from your room and the hotel's common areas (photo courtesy of Gran Hotel Domine)

Located directly opposite the iconic Guggenheim Museum, Gran Hotel Domine in Bilbao provides a luxurious stay, elegant design, and prime access to popular museums and shopping areas. With 145 air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms and suites, the hotel offers a range of accommodations, some featuring views of the Guggenheim and private terraces. You can indulge in a locally-sourced breakfast buffet on the rooftop terrace, enjoy seasonal Basque cuisine at Beltz Restaurant, Le Cafe, or Sixty-One Lobby Bar, and relax at the Wellness by Domine Spa or the hotel's gym with impressive museum views.

Gran Hotel Domine's seamless blend of contemporary style and artistic inspiration makes it a perfect base for art and culture enthusiasts. The hotel offers an array of exceptional amenities, such as a fitness area, sauna, and Turkish bath. Please note that not all rooms feature views of the Guggenheim Museum and that the on-site eateries can be a bit expensive. Nonetheless, Gran Hotel Domine caters to your needs with 24-hour reception services to help you maximize your stay in Bilbao and the Basque Country.

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Radisson Collection Hotel, Gran Vía Bilbao

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Relax on the rooftop with its bar and sun deck (photo courtesy of Radisson Collection Hotel, Gran Vía Bilbao)

Experience luxury and comfort at the Radisson Collection Hotel, Gran Vía Bilbao, a chic urban hotel in Bilbao's vibrant Gran Vía district. This property offers 137 stylish rooms, including suites with private terraces, and the unique NKO Restaurant & Bar, where Michelin Star Chef Eneko Atxa masterfully blends Basque and Japanese cuisine. Enjoy creative cocktails at the NKO Rooftop Bar and indulge in exclusive treatments at the nature-inspired spa. The hotel's prime location offers easy access to captivating attractions like the Guggenheim Museum, Azkuna Zentroa, and the Old Town.

The Radisson Collection Hotel Gran Vía Bilbao showcases a renewed Art Deco style combined with Japanese touches, creating a sophisticated haven. The hotel enjoys a privileged location with the iconic Guggenheim Museum and Bilbao Cathedral just minutes away. The stylishly designed rooms and suites feature high-end amenities, luxurious marble bathrooms, and elegant decor that blend comfort and style.

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Catalonia Gran Via Bilbao

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Classic rooms with an elegant twist (photo courtesy of Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao)

The elegant Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao hotel, centrally located on Gran Vía Don Diego López de Haro, offers modern and comfortable accommodations with easy access to Bilbao's best shops, restaurants, and attractions. This hotel, which opened in 2021, features a wellness and spa area, fitness center, outdoor pool, meeting rooms, and a car park. Its gastro bar serves traditional cuisine and a wide selection of wines, while the buffet breakfast includes an array of hot dishes, pastries, fruits, and more. Families will appreciate the outdoor pool and rooms with bunk beds for a comfortable stay.

Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao is situated in a prime location in the heart of Bilbao, opposite Doña Casilda Park, and just steps away from popular attractions like the Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Conference Center. The hotel offers 106 comfortable and well-appointed rooms, including double rooms, superior rooms with balconies, premium rooms, junior suites, family rooms, and deluxe terrace suites. Each room features elegant styling and a warm, inviting atmosphere. 

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Hotel Tayko Bilbao

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Rustic, industrial, and chic rooms (photo courtesy of Hotel Tayko Bilbao)

Hotel Tayko Bilbao, an industrial-chic hotel in Bilbao's historic Old Town, offers exceptional gastronomy with two restaurants supervised by Michelin-star chef Martin Berasategui. Featuring a unique blend of traditional and modern design elements, the hotel's concrete structure and chic aesthetic complement the city's architecture. Located just minutes from the cathedral and Plaza Nueva, you can easily explore the city's top attractions. The hotel's "chill room" in the attic and 24/7 gym offer relaxation and fitness opportunities, while the on-site bicycle parking caters to those who wish to explore the Basque Country on two wheels.

Rooms at Hotel Tayko Bilbao are comfortable and stylish, with an industrial-lux vibe, wooden furnishings, and neutral tones. Some rooms offer river views or balconies, while others open to a quiet inner courtyard. The View Room provides river views from both the bed and bathtub, making it perfect for a romantic stay. All rooms come with full bathrooms and modern amenities, including L'Occitane toiletries. Although parking is not available and vehicle access is limited, the hotel's central location and proximity to attractions like Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao Cathedral, Erribera Market, and Plaza Nueva make it an excellent choice for exploring Bilbao.

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Hotel Gran Bilbao

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Enjoy the bright colors and eclectic art (photo courtesy of Hotel Gran Bilbao)

Hotel Gran Bilbao, a bright and art-centric lifestyle hotel in Bilbao, promotes healthy living, sports, and local culture. Each spacious room in the hotel features unique decor and well-equipped bathrooms. You can enjoy the on-site restaurant offering healthy and local cuisine, a gym with Technogym machines, a bike-friendly area, and free WiFi. The hotel's breakfast and brunch buffets are known for their variety, including healthy choices and live cooking stations.

Although the hotel's location requires a bit of walking to reach the Old Town and other city sites, such as the Guggenheim Museum, Hotel Gran Bilbao offers a memorable experience, with each room possessing its own personality. The walls are adorned with words and stories, showcasing the charm and creativity of Bilbao. In addition to the gym, the hotel embraces the HGB Lifestyle by providing jogging and cycling route recommendations, bike storage and tools, and healthy cuisine designed by a professional nutritionist. You can also use electric car charging stations in the underground parking area.

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Vincci Consulado De Bilbao

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Warm, stately rooms next to the Guggenheim (photo courtesy of Vincci Consulado De Bilbao)

Vincci Consulado De Bilbao is a nautical-themed hotel next to the Guggenheim Museum, offering a prime riverside location and modern design. Inspired by a sailboat, the hotel features natural wood details, curved lines, and stylish furnishings. You can savor innovative Basque cuisine at Kondutxo Restaurant or enjoy the stunning terrace observatory, perfect for relaxing and taking in the views of the river and the Guggenheim Museum. The spacious, bright rooms boast nautical-inspired décor, with some offering unbeatable museum views. For a truly unique experience, book the Laukariz "room," an actual sailboat on the river with a suite, cabins, bathroom, and a personal crew.

As the hotel's central location is close to significant attractions like the Guggenheim, Isozaki Towers, and the Old Town, it can feel a little busy, set in large traffic circles. The rooms facing the city may not offer the desired serenity for some but could be worth the trade for others, especially with those exceptional waterfront and museum views. You'll get an authentic and charming experience, immersing yourself in Bilbao's vibrant maritime spirit.

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Bilder Boutique Hotel

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Stylish accommodations in a historic building (photo courtesy of Bilder Boutique Hotel)

Bilder Boutique Hotel, a charming and historically rich budget-friendly hotel in Bilbao, is within an 18th-century building in the city's Old Town. Just steps from Plaza Nueva and the picturesque riverfront walkway, the hotel offers easy access to Bilbao's many attractions, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Bilbao Cathedral. The comfortable and trendy rooms are acoustically insulated for a peaceful night's rest—great value for a budget hotel. Exterior rooms have city views, while suites feature added space and a separate living area. You can start your day with breakfast in the hotel's cozy bar and lounge area on one of the top floors.

Steeped in Bilbao's history, Bilder Boutique Hotel preserves tradition while embracing modernity. The building's façade still showcases the original coat of arms, and you'll be on the historic Correo Street. The hotel is also committed to environmental sustainability, eliminating minibars and artificial lighting in areas with natural light. While amenities are minimal, the hotel's cozy breakfast lounge and bar on the upper floor provide a pleasant space to relax and enjoy the city's atmosphere.

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Amari by Pillow

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Simple yet stylishly minimalist rooms (photo courtesy of Amari by Pillow)

Amari by Pillow, a simple and modern boutique hotel in the heart of Bilbao, resides in a grand historic building steps away from the famous Guggenheim Museum. The bright, modern rooms provide amenities like flat-screen TVs, desks, minibars, WiFi, air conditioning, and toiletries. You can unwind in the cozy lounge with comfortable seating and complimentary coffee and tea. The hotel's prime location puts you within walking distance of attractions such as the riverfront walkway, Puppy Statue, Museum of Fine Arts, and Zubizuri Bridge.

While Amari by Pillow doesn't offer breakfast service or any other amenities besides complimentary coffee and tea in the lounge, its "from home to home" approach prioritizes comfort and convenience. The historic building features a grand marble staircase and iron balconies, adding a touch of elegance to your stay. The hotel's location serves as an ideal base for exploring Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum just a few minutes on foot and the Old Town a 20-minute walk away. Rooms at Amari by Pillow are modern and comfortable, but the standard rooms can be a bit tight, so opt for one of the higher-tiered units for more space. 

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Casa Rural Mahasti

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You'll have beautiful countryside views right from your room (photo courtesy of Casa Rural Mahasti)

Casa Rural Mahasti is a charming, historical, and rustic rural accommodation in the picturesque Basque countryside, just 20 minutes from Bilbao. This budget-conscious choice is a farmhouse that offers seven cozy rooms, each with a private bathroom, featuring views of vineyards, fruit trees, forests, and the enchanting Butrón Castle. Enjoy common areas like the spacious living room with a fireplace, library, fully-equipped kitchen, and rustic dining room. The outdoor facilities include a porch, terrace, and pool for relaxation, while the surrounding area offers hiking, cycling, and horseback riding opportunities.

Immerse yourself in the idyllic countryside at Mahasti House, a beautifully preserved historic farmhouse surrounded by vineyards, eucalyptus forests, and fruit trees. The rural accommodation provides an authentic glimpse into the past, complete with original period furniture and a cozy, inviting ambience. The tranquil location is perfect for reconnecting with nature while still being within easy reach of Bilbao, Playa de Sopelana, and the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. The Mahasti House also embraces sustainability, maintaining its vineyards, livestock, and surrounding ecosystem, allowing you to appreciate the charm of rural life and indulge in authentic txakoli wine from the farm's white grape harvest.

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Sercotel Arenal Bilbao

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Bright spaces in a charming building (photo courtesy of Sercotel Arenal Bilbao)

Sercotel Arenal Bilbao Hotel is a centrally located budget-friendly property offering modern, spacious, bright rooms in Bilbao's Old Town. Just steps away from Plaza Nueva, Arriaga Theater, and Areatzako Bridge, this historical building provides easy access to iconic sites and the city's famed restaurants. Enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring various choices, including fresh fruit, homemade granola, and freshly-squeezed juice. The hotel also provides a cozy library lounge and a business center for added convenience.

Located in a busy yet scenic area, the hotel is within walking distance of Bilbao Cathedral, Plaza Nueva, and Erribera Market. Plus, the Guggenheim Museum is just a 25-minute walk along the picturesque riverfront promenade. Sercotel Arenal Bilbao Hotel caters to all travelers with its 36 spacious, bright, modern rooms spread across six floors. Rooms range from Basic options for couples and solo travelers to more spacious Classic and Superior rooms with added amenities, such as capsule coffee machines. The hotel's warm ambience, wooden floors and furnishings, and colorful bathrooms make for a comfortable stay in central Bilbao.

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Map of The 11 Best Hotels in Bilbao
Map of The 11 Best Hotels in Bilbao