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Alhondiga Bilbao

Plaza Arriquibar, 4, Bilbao, Spain
+34 944 014 014
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Ranked #6 of 53 attractions in Bilbao
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Traveler Description: Alhondiga Bilbao The Alhondiga Bilbao is located at Plaza Arriquibar, 4. The Alhondiga is an entertainment center in Bilbao. The ground floor has 43... more »
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Rome, Italy
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My son and I had lunch at the "Hola" bar our first (rainy) day here and enjoyed watching the crowds in the building's large covered piazza (created by French architect Philip Starck in this ex-wine warehouse). Later we discovered the library and the gym/pool where you can work out and swim for only €7.00/entry. (You do need flip-flops and a... More

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I have been trying to come up with a title that would sum up my experience in this building, and then I realized that simple 'wow' would do the job. This building used to be a wine warehouse. It closed in 1970 and was abandoned for about 20 years. SInce then they have done incredible job transforming that place into... More

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Congleton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Excellent restoration of an old wine warehouse. 'Bond' style swimming pool feature - it is partly overhead with a glass floor as you enter. Good terrace bar with super views of the countryside and city!

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Mudgeeraba, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I loved this place, it's got art, architecture, gym, public library and 43 amazing columns in different styles. Designed by Philippe Starck.

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Lake of Geneva
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74 reviews 74 reviews
66 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A new building out of red brick was constructed inside without changing the outside. The new building consists of a private gym with glass bottom swimming pool which you can view from the ground floor. You can even see people swimming there from underneath. You cannot guess what awaits inside when you see the exterior. The building is now a... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a pretty interesting place - apparently is where they used to trade alcohol or something like that, now remodeled it has an indoor pool with a couple restaurants - great place to visit.

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Rijswijk, Holland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Worth a visit, because this is something different. Amazing how they have turned this former winehouse into three blocks of stones resting on 43 snake pillars. Don't forget to take a plunge in the swimming pool on the roof.

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Melbourne
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82 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The façade of the original building dates back to 1909 and is lovely. A new building out of red brick was constructed inside. The new building consists of a private gym with glass bottom swimming pool which you can view from the ground as the pool is about 3 stories high. There are a few quiet rooms/libraries for sitting. The... More

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Milwaukee
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106 reviews 106 reviews
52 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This space is surreal. An amazing adaptive reuse by Philippe Starck. You cannot guess what awaits inside based on the exterior. The 'columns' have to be experienced. And looking up at the glass bottom of the upper swimming pool! A place you have to visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Love Phillipe Starck's work and this is not exception! Take the time to explore every nook and cranny of this huge building! It's worth it!

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