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“Great location, great staff, great hostel” 5 of 5 stars
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Ganbara Hostel
Calle Prim, 11, 48006 Bilbao, Spain   |  
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Ranked #3 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Bilbao
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“Great location, great staff, great hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

This is everything you would love for in a hostel as a young traveler, solo or with a group of friends. The location was the best you could ask for- right by the metro and down the street from all the shops and bars of casca viejo. The shared space was ample, comfortable, and there were always people around to talk to and get to know. While the rooms were small, they were clean and the showers had hot water and good water pressure. The staff was also very helpful in planning and getting around. Great stay, no complaints!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

I cannot imagine a better hostel at this price (I can't remember the exact price but I know I paid <20 EUR a night). Hostels rarely look as good in real life as they do in photos - this one looks better than their pictures, and that's saying something. Incredible. Everything is clean and fresh and simple, but with a huge dose of personality.

Friendly staff, lovely location - it's round the corner from the Casco Viejo metro stop, the Basque Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Granted, the centre of Bilbao has moved away from Casco Viejo, but being two metro stops away from Plaza Moyúa is hardly a sacrifice if you get to be in Casco Viejo.

All you can eat breakfast, coffee and tea all day. Not too crowded - even though the hostel was at capacity one of the days I was there, it never felt like there were too many people crammed into a small space, and it was often quiet and peaceful without feeling empty. Fantastic common spaces. Wifi works flawlessly. Showers are clean and have individual locks, which is rare in hostels. Rooms are small but don't feel cramped. The entire experience was just so uniformly excellent, it truly felt like a home away from home.

I cannot say enough good things about this hostel, but this is the strongest way I can put it: I would go back to Bilbao just to stay at this hostel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: Calle Prim, 11, 48006 Bilbao, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Vizcaya Province > Bilbao
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Ranked #3 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
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