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“Won't come back” 1 of 5 stars
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Bilborooms
Victor 3, 48005 Bilbao, Spain (Bilbo Zaharra)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 22 Bilbao B&B and Inns
New York
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38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Won't come back”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Pro: Location

Con: Room/hotel conditions. Maybe I was given the worst room but it was a damp. Smell of mildew, broken shower, closet size room, no A/C, TV not working, tiniest window facing a small terrace where the hotel hangs laundries. 'Breakfast' was a joke so I skipped it. You have to leave the room key and have to buzz to be let into the building. There are better choices around.

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This is a very nice, clean pension and the staff were very friendly. It's not very obvious you've found the right place, the street seemed to have two of the same number! It's in a great location for the old town bars and some great pinxtos. The breakfast was quite poor but still a reasonable price.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Spent 3 nights in Bilborooms. First: the location is super. It's located in the center of the old town with beautiful buildings and lots and lots of places to eat (the delicious pinxtos!). The old town is pedestrianised, so If you come by car, just park your car at the arenal parking garage which is located at the Calle Viuda de Epalza. From there, it's a 5 minute walk to the pension.

Pros:
* As I said, the location
* The rooms. They are modern and good sized with great beds. The bathrooms have a small bath
* The owners: really nice and fun (they don't speak english, so beware to talk with your hands and with google translation)
* Very clean
* The price: E50,- per night per room.

Cons:
* Really really noisy. I've been in some noisy rooms but this was almost ridiculous. I think there were 7 rooms and you could hear everything that happened in the other rooms. But the most noise came from the reception desk. Their voices went through the entire pension. We had a room at the back of the hotel, which most of the times means is a bit more quiet, but not at bilborooms. At the back is something like a patio, surrounded with other buildings and you could here also everything that happened in the other buildings. So sleep with earplugs!
* Breakfast: skip it. It's cereals, milk and coffee
* You have to leave your key at the reception every time you leave

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ontario
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

This B&B was right in the old section - we loved being down there - up one flight of stairs. it is only about 20 minutes to the Guggenheim. Room was a good size - minimalist decor (Ikea type) but there was a TV and it was very clean. Reception people were helfpful and very, very friendly - and although they did not speak English, we had no trouble communicating. Breakfast was just basic - cereal, little cakes, that commercial dried toast - juice and coffee/tea. Good value for the money - and you can't beat the location.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

We stayed 3 nights and found the location in the old town perfect. Bilborooms is in a lovely old apartment building and the exposed beams and clean white walls give the place a rustic but cute look. Bathroom modern and spotless and our room (#3) had a great view onto the pedestrian street below, with traffic noise minimal and not disruptive at all. Great value also. But the best of all were our hosts, especially Irene who showered our baby with affectionate kisses and was more welcoming and helpful than we could have expected. Like other reviewers, we didn't find our hosts' lack of English a problem - their friendliness (and Google translate) overcame any difficulties.

Room Tip: #3 has a lovely view onto the street below
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Very helpful and friendly stafff. Limited English but no problem - Google Translate sorted any problems. A good base to explore Bilbao.Walking distance - albeit a good 20 minutes to the Guggenheim but very pleasant. Near public transport - both to go out on the metro to Getxo, Sopelana Beach etc (NB a 15 minute walk over the hill to the beach - just walk up from the metro to the main road , cross over and keep walking - not many signs!) and only a little further to get the the train from Atxuri Station to Guernika, Bermeo, Mundaka etc. Pleasant rooms - we had no good chairs to sit in but were compensated by having a small balcony to sit on and watch the world go by. The two rooms either side had extra space and chairs but the space for this came by just having windows. We preferred the balcony and our stools!! Breakfast was small but enough to get you going - and you could supplement with chocolate croissant from the bakery just across the street. It was a real boon to have basic kitchen (microwave, no kettle, cofffee machine) as eating out in the evening was not cheap. We came back a couple of nights and used the microwave rather than eating out. The set menus at lunchtime were a much better deal but we couldn't get used to having main meal in middle of day!!

Also, look out for free musuems. Museum de Bellas Artes Wednesday, Ethnographic/Basque (with model of Basque region on top floor) Thursday and Archaeological Friday. And do pay Cathedral a visit - come in middle door rather than front as really get sense of light best. Also, have a look at cloister!

Bottom line - a variety of things to see in bilbao and surroundings and Bilborooms a good price and setting from which to really enjoy it!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

I stayed at Bilborooms for a long weekend. I reccomend it for the good location and the excellent value-for-money. It's in the medieval neighbourhood of Bilbao, very close to public transport (subway, tramway and buses). Rooms are small but nice and clean and personell is friendly and helpful. The area is probably the most colorful part of Bilbao, including many shops and taverns, but the hotel is very quiet.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Victor 3, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Vizcaya Province > Bilbao > Bilbo Zaharra
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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