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“A great little find” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sercotel Hotel Gran Bilbao

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Sercotel Hotel Gran Bilbao
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Bilbao
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Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great little find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

After 10 hours on the road, this hotel was a very welcome surprise. At just €60 for a large triple room and another €12 for secure underground parking, we felt this was good value for a vibrant city. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, and did their best to accommodate our requests. The hotel is generally very stylish and had a warm, welcoming feel.

The room was spacious, with comfortable beds and clean, modern decor. Free Wifi was a nice bonus. As others have mentioned, the bus to the town goes from right outside the hotel (numbers 40 and 77) for just €1.25, or approx 15-20 minute walk. Guggenheim museum is approx 30-35 min walk, or a approx €10 taxi ride.

Although the hotel's restaurant has been described as a "works canteen" (which I wouldn't disagree on), this didn't really bother us. However, we were disappointed that our main meal arrived 10 minutes apart (for just two people) and the one that arrived last was not quite what had been ordered. So this was a bit on the sloppy side and didn't make for a relaxing meal.

We'd be very happy to stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the hotel are away from the main road, which means a quieter night's sleep.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

Nice, high-quality environment, quiet with a friendly service. Room cleaning could be a bit better. Especially I liked the reception area, which was in keeping with Bilbao's modernist aspirations. My room was a bit hot but this was easily resolved by keeping the window open. Breakfast was abundant but typically Spanish: not really many healthy options. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ComdtNexus
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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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150 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Gran BIlbao finds itself on the outskirts of Bilbao. Some 15 minutes walk to the centre of the old town, but the good thing is, it has a busstop in front of the Hotel which crosses Bilbao and makes it possible to visit nearly all the sites for only 1,22 euro p/p.
Free wifi , but not ideal for the internet hungry. Poor connection quality in the room, but excellent in the lobby. Clean room and friendly people at the reception. All in all i can recommend this hotel which charged us 115 euro for 2 nights /room only.

Room Tip: If you want aquiet night ask for a room at the back of the hotel
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Malaga
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78 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

We have stayed here previously and re-booked remembering the experience. If anything it was better this time. We had a lovely room on the 8th floor and it lacked nothing. We had the Buffet in the evening which was good value for money but a bit of a 'bun' fight as there were coach trips staying over. The service was good, the standard was excellent and it was good value for money.Secure parking is always a bonus. Will stop over yet again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DCFMalaga
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Nice, clean, sharply run hotel. Excellent, large room. Poor access (as ever, in Spain) by ramp to U/g car-park, which cost an extra EUR12. Charge for carparking is excesive. However, there's very little street parking available locally. Bilbao is a very 'hilly' city and this hotel, although pretty close to the shopping centre is a steep clim back! Overall, a good hotel and worth a re-visit. Bilbao as a city is well worth a visit for a couple of days. Charming shops, streets and people abound!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Monchito2
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Had booked this hotel after reading a number of positive reviews, plus it suited my travel plans following an overnight ferry crossing from the UK that was scheduled to arrive in the evening.

Whilst the room was reasonably comfortable (bedwise), it was very sparse. The bathroom was large but unventilated and frankly a little depressing.

Tried dinner in the restaurant, but after 2 attempts by the cook (I think the term 'chef' would be an inaccurate description) to prepare a medium steak, I gave up. Restaurant staff were unhelpful and arrogant. Restaurant atmosphere was too noisy, with the adjouning buffet area making the whole area like a works canteen. Left restaurant having eaten less than 2 mouthfuls of a very unpleasant steak. No offer of a refund or reduction when I complained.

Very noisy hotel with doors continually banging and some road noise. After a sleepless night, my early start the following morning (0700) meant no breakfast (which didn't start until 0800 in the works canteen).

All in all, the 86 euro's for the stay, plus the poor excuse of a meal in the 'restaurant' (at 24 euro's) worked out at a very disappointing and expensive experience. In this respect, I was glad my return ferry crossing was cancelled and I had to drive up through France to get home. This meant I was able to cancel my return leg stay in this excuse for a hotel.

On the plus side, the secure parking for my car was as promised, but charged at 12 euro's. Whilst I appreciate I was only using the hotel as a stop off as part of my journey, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. If that is a 4 star hotel, I'd rather stop in a Premier Inn.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Stayed here in July overnight while touring around Spain. Hotel was very clean and modern. We had a massive bedroom separated into two parts for us and the kids. Beds were extremely comfortable memory foam mattresses. Bathtroom very modern and clean. Parking underground at hotel reasonable price for city. Walked into town centre approx 10 minutes. would recomend this hotel good value for money.

Room Tip: Ask for room overlooking the river, quieter than those facing the road.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marjorie306
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Property: Sercotel Hotel Gran Bilbao
Address: Avenida Indalecio Prieto, 1, 48004 Bilbao, Spain
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Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Bilbao
#3 Best Value Hotel in Bilbao
#7 Business Hotel in Bilbao
#9 Romantic Hotel in Bilbao
#9 Family Hotel in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sercotel Hotel Gran Bilbao 4*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sercotel Gran Bilbao Hotel is a 4-star hotel in Bilbao strategically located just 500 metres away from the historical centre and very well connected to financial and commercial area, as well as to the international airport. The hotel offers 202 rooms with a modern decoration and fully equipped, including free Wifi and views of the city as well as the mountains. You can also take advantage of our free gym and our renowned buffet breakfast, with fresh juices, homemade products and live cooking. The Sercotel Gran Bilbao Hotel offers 10 function rooms including an auditorium that can accommodate up to 285 guests, the ideal venue for meetings and events. ... more   less 
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