Bilbao Hotels

Insights from kimkim local specialists for our hand-selected hotels in Bilbao, Spain
Whether you're visiting Bilbao to wander the Old Town's narrow streets or to check out the renowned Guggenheim Museum, kimkim has many hotels to recommend. At Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao, for example, you can soak in urban views and enjoy a wellness center while staying in a room that echoes the city's vibrant seventies era. Or stay at places like Hotel Carlton, situated on the central Plaza Moyúa, inviting you to experience grandeur in Bilbao's most luxurious setting, with the city's largest suite and an elegant rooftop terrace. If you're chasing gastronomic excellence, options like Hotel Tayko Bilbao are your best bet, located in the historic Old Town with modern rooms and two restaurants overseen by a Michelin-starred chef.
Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao
· Luxury
Ercilla Hotel is a historic property with a unique fusion of Basque culture and Anglo influences. Its rooms are designed to offer a uniquely "Ercilla" environment, with plush furnishings and urban views. The hotel's dining and drinking experiences, including El Bar Americano and La Terraza, offer...
Hotel Carlton
· Luxury
Hotel Carlton, part of the Aranzazu Hotels Group, is a luxurious and emblematic establishment in the heart of Bilbao, right on the city's central plaza. It offers 142 spacious rooms of different categories, including the largest suite in northern Spain. The hotel showcases architecture and...
Hotel Tayko Bilbao
· Comfort
Hotel Tayko Bilbao is in the city's historic Old Town and features exceptional gastronomy with two restaurants supervised by Chef Martin Berasategui, who has earned 12 Michelin stars at various establishments. The hotel's modern rooms offer river and/or street views, and guests can relax in the...
Sercotel Ayala Bilbao
· Comfort
Sercotel Ayala is conveniently located just a few steps from the city's main train station and a short walk away from the Guggenheim Museum and Old Town (Casco Viejo). The rooms are bright and spacious and offer a touch of luxury. The Junior Suite provides even more space, with a separate living...
Hotel Miró
· Comfort
Hotel Miró is on Bilbao's Golden Mile, offering views of the Guggenheim Museum. Decorated in a contemporary and minimalist style, the hotel's rooms feature amenities like Smart TVs and Molton Brown toiletries. Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast with locally sourced products and use the gym,...
Hesperia Bilbao
· Comfort
Located in a prime spot near the Guggenheim Museum, Hotel Hesperia Bilbao offers spacious, light-filled rooms, including suites with terraces overlooking the estuary. Guests can easily walk to major sites in a few minutes, including the Zubizuri Bridge, three minutes away on foot. The hotel...
Barceló Bilbao Nervión
· Comfort
Barceló Bilbao Nervión Hotel is a modern property on the city's riverfront. This hotel is surrounded by popular shopping areas and pintxos bars and is just a 15-minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum. Guests can enjoy services such as free WiFi, a gym, a breakfast buffet, and a restaurant. The...
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Hotel Bed4U Bilbao
· Comfort
Hotel Bed4U Bilbao is a basic hotel in the Zabalburu area, a 15-minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum and a step away from Plaza de Zabalburu. The modern rooms are equipped with the latest entertainment technology, including SmartTV with Chrome Cast and free high-speed WiFi connection. The hotel...
Casual Bilbao Gurea
Casual Gurea is a budget hotel in the city's Old Town center. Guests can stroll along the riverfront and reach the Guggenheim Museum in about 20 minutes or stick to the Old Town and visit Plaza Nuevo and the cathedral in just a few steps. The hotel features fully-equipped rooms with comfortable...
Casa Rural Lurdeia—Adults Only
Escape to the tranquility of the Basque countryside and stay at Hotel Lurdeia, a simple yet cozy adult-only lodge about 30 minutes from downtown Bilbao. This ecological hotel offers an authentic rural feel, complete with a traditional farmhouse and views overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Each of the...
NH Collection Villa de Bilbao
NH Collection Villa de Bilbao is a modern hotel in the city's northwest area, just steps from the Palacio de Congresos and not far from the riverfront and the Guggenheim Museum. The rooms are simple yet spacious and comfortable, with a portion of them offering panoramic views of Gran Vía. The...
Gran Hotel Domine
Gran Hotel Domine offers a luxurious stay directly opposite the Guggenheim Museum and close to other popular museums and shopping areas. The hotel's elegant design matches its surroundings, with rooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs. Indulge in the locally-sourced...
Vincci Consulado De Bilbao
Opened in 2018, Vincci Consulado De Bilbao has a prime spot on the river next to the Guggenheim Museum. The hotel pays stylistic homage to its location with a modern nautical-inspired design and natural wood details, resembling a sailboat moored near Bilbao's most iconic constructions. The...
Pensión Boutique Caravan Cinema
Caravan-Cinema offers a unique and memorable experience that combines design, history, and comfort. Paying homage to the 50s, the hotel has a retro vintage design, plus rooms and apartments inspired by legendary filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, and Pedro Almodóvar. Rooms have...
Hotel Sercotel Coliseo
Hotel Sercotel Coliseo is a stylish, contemporary hotel ideal for exploring the city on foot—near the main train station and Old Town. The hotel offers a private car park with charging points for electric vehicles and spacious rooms with options for Bluetooth sound systems and pillow menus....
Hotel Melia Bilbao
Experience elegance and comfort at the Meliá Bilbao, with avant-garde architecture inspired by Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida. The hotel is conveniently located near the Guggenheim Museum and the Nervión River. Guests can indulge in the authentic flavors of Basque cuisine at the Aizian...
NYX Hotel Bilbao by Leonardo Hotels
NYX Hotel Bilbao is a stylish, modern property in the city center. The hotel features vintage arcade games, colorful contemporary artworks, and a team of "City Lovers" ready to introduce guests to the hotel's amenities and the "coolest" attractions in the city. The comfortable and stylish rooms...
Pensión Basque Boutique
Pensión Basque Boutique is a standard hotel in Bilbao's Old Town with unique and sometimes eclectic decor. Each of the eight themed rooms features handmade furniture representing places, symbols, and sculptures of the Basque Country, such as the traditional caserío (the Marijaia), a sign of...
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Amari by Pillow offers a boutique hotel experience in a grand historic building that used to be a maternity hospital just steps from the Guggenheim Museum. The bright, modern rooms feature private bathrooms with showers, flat-screen TVs, desks, minibars, WiFi, air-conditioning, and toiletries....
Casa Rural Mahasti
The Mahasti house is a historic and rustic rural accommodation in the Basque countryside, about 20 minutes from Bilbao. With seven cozy rooms, each with its own bathroom, guests can enjoy views of the vineyards, fruit trees, forests, and Butrón Castle. The house also offers a spacious living room...
Eguzkilore Rural House
Eguzkilore is a full-house rental just 15 minutes from Bilbao and near several beaches. The house features six double rooms, each with a full bathroom, and can accommodate up to 17 people. Guests can enjoy a range of activities, such as ping pong, volleyball, and basketball, as well as a swimming...
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Radisson Collection Hotel, Gran Vía Bilbao
Experience the best of Bilbao at the 5-star Radisson Collection Hotel, Gran Vía Bilbao, located in the vibrant Gran Vía district. Opened in 2022 in a historic building that was once a bank, this luxurious property offers 137 stylish rooms and suites and the NKO Restaurant by Eneko Atxa, where...
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Martiamuno Landetxea
Martiamuno Landetxea offers a stylish but relaxed hotel in a 17th-century farmhouse with rustic charm. The two-story property is small, with four guest rooms, but it has a large garden furnished with tables, chairs, and a barbecue area. There is also a communal kitchen, but some options include a...
7Kale Bed & Breakfast
Located in the heart of Bilbao's Old Town, 7Kale is a simple hotel that functions like a bed and breakfast, offering charming accommodations and a continental breakfast buffet with coffee and fresh orange juice. All rooms have private bathrooms, and the property also provides 24-hour access,...
Bilder Boutique Hotel
Bilder Boutique Hotel, in Bilbao's historic Old Town, sits within a beautiful 18th-century building and is just steps from Plaza Nueva. The hotel's comfortable and trendy rooms are acoustically insulated, so they remain extra quiet, whether guests choose interior or exterior units. The exterior...
Catalonia Gran Via Bilbao
The Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao hotel has 106 modern and comfortable rooms, a wellness and spa area, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, meeting rooms, and a car park. The hotel's gastro bar serves a great selection of wines and traditional cuisine, while the buffet breakfast offers a wide variety...
Hotel Bilbao Plaza
Hotel Bilbao Plaza is a modern accommodation offering a central location along the Nervión River. Rooms are simple with neutral colors and amenities like air-conditioning and smart TVs. Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast at the Express Cafe Plaza and get drinks from the bar area, which has...
Hotel Gran Bilbao
Hotel Gran Bilbao is a lifestyle hotel that promotes healthy living, sports, and local culture. The hotel offers spacious rooms with unique decor and well-equipped bathrooms, and amenities include a restaurant with healthy and local cuisine, a gym, a bike-friendly area, and free WiFi. The...
Ilunion San Mames
ILUNION San Mamés is next to Bilbao's Termibus station, so it's a nice option if you're arriving early or leaving late by bus. Amenities include indoor parking, a breakfast buffet, and pet-friendly rooms with a welcome kit for furry companions. The hotel also has a universal accessibility...
LATROUPE La Granja is a simple yet unique accommodation that combines a hostel and a hotel. The building was constructed in 1891 by a local architect and once housed the mythic Café La Granja, which opened in 1926 and soon became the city's cultural epicenter. Maintaining the name and spirit of...

Hotel Advice for Bilbao, Spain

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

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.

The best rural hotels in the Basque Country (photo courtesy of Hotel Heredad de Unanue)
Map of The 11 Best Hotels in the Basque Countryside
The 11 Best Hotels in the Basque Countryside

The Basque countryside is an exceptionally scenic stretch along northern Spain, between the Bay of Biscay and the region's inland hills. If you'd like to pair a city escape in Bilbao or San Sebastián with a rural retreat, kimkim visited and vetted several hotels in the Basque countryside, and some of the best come with incredible views, historical charm, and expansive outdoor spaces. Most of these top picks require a car or private transfer, but your reward is a relaxing stay among nature.

Luxury hotels in Bilbao (photo courtesy of Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao)
Map of The 5 Best Luxury Hotels in Bilbao
The 5 Best Luxury Hotels in Bilbao

With its mix of historic and eclectic contemporary architecture, Bilbao is an ideal place to upgrade your stay. The best luxury hotels in Bilbao channel the city's past and present with cushy linens and room furnishings, cozy and hip dining spaces, and rooftop terraces overlooking iconic sites like the Guggenheim Museum and La Salve Bridge. And no luxury stay is complete without amenities like wellness centers, spas, cocktail bars, memorable eateries, and the like.

Photo courtesy of Bilder Boutique Hotel
Map of The 8 Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Bilbao
The 8 Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Bilbao

If you're on a budget and staying in Bilbao, you're in luck—Bilbao has some of the best budget-friendly hotels in Spain. After visiting properties across the city (and country), kimkim created a list of the top standard hotels. And thanks to Bilbao's mix of modernity, history, and eclectic architecture, even these budget picks offer stylish lodgings and central locations. You won't find as many amenities, but some offer perks like on-site bars, breakfast buffets, lounges, and authentic countryside locales.

The best historic hotels in Bilbao (photo courtesy of Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao)
Map of The 6 Best Historic Hotels in Bilbao
The 6 Best Historic Hotels in Bilbao

As an artsy city mixing old and new, Bilbao is an excellent choice for learning about Spanish history and architecture—and staying in a historical hotel only enhances the experience. Kimkim visited Bilbao to find the best historic hotels in the city and settled on this list of six options, ranging from luxury to budget. Sleep among the city's history in rural cottages, 18th-century mansions, and properties built by famous architects.

Best hotels in Bilbao's Old Town (photo courtesy of NYX Hotel Bilbao by Leonardo Hotels)
Map of The 7 Best Hotels in Bilbao's Old Town
The 7 Best Hotels in Bilbao's Old Town

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.

Best Bilbao hotels near the Guggenheim Museum (photo courtesy Gran Hotel Domine)
Map of The 4 Best Hotels Near the Guggenheim in Bilbao
The 4 Best Hotels Near the Guggenheim in Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum is one of Bilbao's most famous and important sites, so perhaps you're looking for a hotel near this iconic architectural landmark. After visiting the city, kimkim's staff found the best hotels near the Guggenheim Museum, so you can easily walk to the site and even enjoy views of its famed exterior from your room.

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