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Hotel & Spa Etxegana
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Zeanuri
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Hidden gem and soaked in bliss.”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a classic example for travelers not to be fooled by the star rating. By all standards this will meet and beat a four star rating.this picturesque small hotel and spa located in zenauri village near bilbao is ideal for travelers who want peace and just want to relax. Of course one can do lots of trekking with the scenic mountains, waterfalls around this area. From bilbao it's about 40 mts drive or 1 hr by bus . One may find it difficult to locate the hotel but once u reach the hotel u will be overawed by the sheer location. Located with a backdrop of forests and mountains, it's one of the top silent hotels in the world. If you don't know only 300 odd hotels fall in this elite list. This hotel also prominently figures in trip advisors top list and logis which is a elite group of premium hotels in Europe. It's compact and very private. It opens up to the beautiful mountain range and u can spend hours admiring the beauty of the place. Lots of trekking opportunities available. Post trekking if you need a good massage, the spa is there to take care of the needs. The wine collection is one of the best I have ever seen in any hotels. Some top classy ones and some real vintage whiskey s more than 100-150 year old are there in Louis s private cellar. It's a great location for weddings , functions. The food is a classical basque cuisine. Some innovative ones, the lemon sherbet is a not to miss one. The hosts are excellent , friendly and staff are extremely warm. Good internet connection, good food, good wine. A hidden gem truly. A word of caution - since the shops are not near by, it's best to get the basic amenities you may need.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

We travelled round spain and therefore stayed in lots of hotels but this was my favorite place. The surroundings are stunning and the staff are really nice, especially the owner. He made us feel very welcome and couldn't fault anything. Would definitely recommend this hotel.

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Mevasseret Zion, Israel
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Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Words can not describe the place. Once you arrive- you don't want to leave. Luis- the owner and his family- makes this place home for you. They explain about possible trips around, give u maps, sit with u to discuss history of place, wine, art.... The living rooms, sitting areas, huge rooms- all beautifully decorated with nice views of the surroundings. The outside- huge landscape with places to sit, relax and enjoy the nature which is overwhelming and ever changing.
Dinners cooked by chef in this place- are delicious. Upscale restaurant. Big portions and great selection of wines ( Luis has a cellar full with a variety of very old and new wines and alcohol). Actually, we gave up our restaurant reservations in Bilbao to dine again in the hotel.
As many others that have been to Etxegana and return every year- we will be back!
Thank u Luis and family. We love u and thank u for every thing.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Langenselbold, Germany
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

The location is beautiful and peaceful; just what we needed. The staff accommodated all of our needs to include delayed arrival, large dog, and poor Spanish language skills. The menu always included something new each day and was always delicious. Wonderful wine selection! They offer the best of both worlds, quiet rural setting while within easy drives of Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Pamplona. We were made to feel part of the family. Truly one of the best hotels we have ever experienced.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

This was our fourth visit, what more can you say. We are not easy people to please but Luis, his wife and all the staff are absolutely charming and cannot do enough for you. Our daughter went there independently and contracted a really unpleasant bug on the way. Luis took her to a doctor at once and was kindness itself. They deserve every success.

Room Tip: We have dogs so we like No 5 with access directly into garden, but this also applies to Rooms 1 thru...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We spent 5 days and play music at Hotel Etxegana, what a wonderfull people! So nice so kind feels like home..thank you so much for everything we are so happy there. We like so much the architecture, decoration and of course the people! Delicious food..yummy :) 1000000000000 thanks for Mr. Luis & Mrs. Begoña for opportunity.we will back someday there :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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bazel
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

dear fellow traveller
if you want to escape from the rat race for some time and you want to take some rest, the hotel Etxegana is the place to be. If you want to be enchanted by the astonishing Basque countryside, the view from Etxegana at the Gorbea natural park is uncomparable. If you prefer the cosiness of a family run hotel with a touch of the simpathetic Spanish chaos, above the anonimous perfection of a five star hotel, Etxegana is your place to be. If you are in for the superb Basque kitchen with a local flavour and if you want to discover the exquisite Spanish wines, Etxegana is the place to be. If you want to explore Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastian, Pamplona and the richness of the Basque and Spanish culture, Etxegana will be your strategic and restfull headquarters.If you prefer the freedom of the green nature full of pure mountain air above the hot and crowdy costas, you will welcome the famous soft Basque rain from time to time. If you want to dream away at night under the black velvet Basque sky decorated with thousands of stars like twinkling diamonds, Etxegana is your place to be.
Once again, the land of the Basques and the hotel Etxegana have shown us their trust and friendship, for the 5th time in a row now. And there is no doubt in our mind and heart that we will be back.
Yes, of course there is room for improvement. Like with all of us, don't we? But Etxagana is a wonderfull place, full of friendship, with great food and wine, in the very centre of an extraordinary nature. You are very welcome at the hotel Etxegana and in Euskal Herria.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel & Spa Etxegana
Address: Ipinaburu 38 | Zeanuri, 48144 Zeanuri, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Zeanuri
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Zeanuri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel & Spa Etxegana 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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