I should start by saying we were attending the Bilbao BBK live music festival which meant that all of the value accommodation in the city was booked and very expensive eg 48 Euro for a bed in a dormitory! At 43 years old my dormitory days have passed me by!. Price wise we paid 18 Euro a night per person in a twin bedded room.
The Don Claudio has been refurbished this year and now offers twin and double rooms either with or without en suite. We had a room without a bathroom and on our floor 6 rooms shared 2 bathrooms and this presented no problem. The room was very clean and a daily maid service is available if required. Both the room and the bathrooms had been decorated this year. The hallway and reception had been refurbished to a contemporary style. On the exterior the building was a little tatty but who cares!
The Pension is located in a suburb 3km from the centre. We walked it one day but we were experiencing very hot weather, 28 degrees, and it was hard work. Nonetheless at other times of the year it would be a pleasant stroll along a newly refurbished river bank area. The Pension is however about 100m from a local train station. Come out of the station entrance and carry straight on down some steps until you reach the road and the DC is 20m on your left. Trains run very 15 mins and take 3 mins to the San Memes area or 9 mins to the Abando for the old town etc.
On leaving the hotel the area to the right is OK with a good Supermarket, banks, locals bars and restaurants. It is a residential suburb though so not really going for the overseas tourist market but all you need is there.
So overall the DC offers a very good price for quality offering. It is good if you have a car because on street parking is available for free. If I was coming to Bilbao again I would maybe choose to stay in the centre but that would depend on the price.
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