Facing the Arriaga Theater and next to the Guggenheim Museum in a 10 minutes’ walk along the river, the Petit Palace Arana Hotel in a few meters from the subway, tram, train and bus stop, in the commercial heart of the city where the best pintxos and typical gastronomy is adapted to every pocket.
A passage of the mythical “7 Calles”. Stores, boutiques, narrow paved stone streets, churches and Gothic cathedrals, palaces and important buildings of great historic-artistic interest such as house where the poet UNAMUNO was bornt and lived for years. Its strategic situation allows to access to the main tourist, cultural and business spots of the village.
"Very nice surprise"
Just returned from a two night stay in Bilbao. Part of a group of 14 guys. Booked four rooms and to be honest before the trip did not expect too much from this hotel. However when arriving was very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is in a fantastic central position. The staff were exceedingly friendly and patient with us. The rooms whilst understandably compact (four to a room in most instances) were very well maintained and decorated to a very high standard. All in all I would happily stay at this hotel again. Free wi-fi as well.
"Two night stay for business"
Hotel was well appointed, staff were friendly and helpful. It's an old building, and some old features have been utilized, though my room was a modern style. Located near the river and the old town, with a good selection of pintxo bars and restaurants in the area. Room was a good size and all very comfortable.
"In the heart of Bilbao"
The hotel was very welcoming and had high standards of cleanliness and service. Our room was on the fourth floor - high enough to be above the street noise. The only disappointment was the bathroom - a nice big space but only a tiny shower cubicle in one corner, equipped with a rather old-fashioned and bulky massage shower. Would rather have had a new shower and room to move! I can't fault the location of the hotel. It is right on the edge of the Old Town, which is delightful for a stroll, drink or dinner. For pintxos and a tasty, cheap glass of wine with the locals head to Mercado de la Ribera, the fish market, which is a five-minute walk away on the bank of the river. This is great fun early in the morning too, as everyone comes out to do their shopping. We also took advantage of the proximity of the Atxuri railway station to do day trips to Mundaka and San Sebastian on the coast. There are good restaurants nearby and you can also get breakfast in the many cafes for as little as 3.50 euros per person for coffee, pastry and orange juice - much better value than hotel prices. On Sundays, the flower market on the nearby river bank is pretty. From this great location we walked everywhere, as Bilbao is relatively small but public transport is easy and cheap - however, we did borrow the free bikes from the hotel one afternoon, which was a bonus.
"Bathrooms do not permit for privacy!"
Below average hotel - the bathroom doors don't lock, swing open, have a significant gap below the door allowing for all to be heard, and good solid sections of the doors are clear allowing for a fair bit to be seen! Aside from that, our shower broke twice and the room key stopped working. Fail.
"Surprise trip Bilbao"
Amazed by the beautiful architecture, and pintxo delighted small delicate bites especially on the market place. Breakfast they can do better which concerned the bread. The rest was good fresh fruit nuts and pineapple. The service for the room and other personal was excellent!
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Maestro - Diners Club
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM