We finished a leg of the camino here. A long ugly boring leg through council flats / projects and factories belching smoke and steam skyward. Portugalete was a surprise however. Authentically basque in that there were few if any foreigners let alone pilgrims around the Sunday we were there. We had some great pintxos in a small basque bar before going to this hotel on the riverfront at the mouth of ria Bilbao. Our room overlooked the world heritage bridge which is undoubtedly a curiosity (it has pendulum style platform for cars that slides across to the other side of the river - it is the only passing point). The hotel is clean, has wifi and a lovely terraza that is popular with locals. The rooms are fine and the breakfast is good. We also had dinner here and it was reasonably good also. The service is broadly friendly and helpful.
While one might expect it, I mislaid an expensive SLR camera getting up from dinner only realising so the following morning. It was waiting downstairs for me rather than on e-bay so I am particularly greatful for that.
Please note there is no swimming pool or gym so they are not terrible - I couldn't umselect them.
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