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“Semana Grande at the Arriaga Suites” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pension Arriaga
Ranked #27 of 43 Hotels in Bilbao
Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Semana Grande at the Arriaga Suites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

We arrived in time for the Semana Grande in August and had booked a suite with the very helpful Oihana.To say it's central would be an understatement, right beside the Arriaga theatre and tourist office and just a stroll to many wonderful pinxtos bars.
Oihana met us when we arrived and gave us the keys and a map of Bilbao.
The apartment was lovely and had all the comforts of home, everything you needed was there, all the benefits of hotel living at a fraction of the cost.Fresh towels every day, great attentive housekeeping and we especially enjoyed the breakfast at the Boulevard around the corner every morning.
We're already looking forward to a return visit next year and I have recommended the Arriaga suites to my family and friends.Top marks to Oihana and her wonderful staff, thanks for a memorable holiday and look forward to seeing you all next year.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

We found our stay at Arriaga Suites to be very comfortable. The location is ideal for wandering and being centrally located. In a few steps would could be on a tram or bus, and just a bit farther for the metro. Also the food options in Casco Viejo are fantastic.
We rarely saw anyone else around in the hotel during our stay which made the environment feel private and quiet. We were facing the street and while that didn't bother us, noise on the street below could be heard. It never impacted our sleep as there is nothing on the block open late.
Oihanna met us to give us our room and we very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Laura F
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West Yorkshire
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96 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

We stayed on at this hotel for one night on tour of Northern Spain. The hotel itself is well placed, a short walk from the Guggenheim, and right in the old town with it’s many restaurants. The room was good although rather small, but modern with an excellent bathroom. It was also very quiet, being away from the street. The check in time is limited so you need to check this, although I am sure there is some flexibility (they e-mail you before you arrive to find out the likely time of arrival). The rooms are on the first floor, up quite a long staircase (no lift), so be aware if you are not good on your legs. Breakfast is taken in a nearby cafe and is cheap with a small choice of the cafe's available items. There is a large underground public car park within a couple of hundred metres that was a factor in making our choice, but is not cheap to use.

All in all, a great choice for Bilbao especially due to the convenient location, quality and modest price.

  • Stayed June 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Rex B
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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

This is a great place to stay. Essentially it is a 6 apartments on the 2nd floor with a shared hallway, you get your own key to the building, hallway, and room. The furnishings are modern, clean, and tasteful. The location is fantastic. The owner is extremely nice and helpful. There is no room service or breakfast, but there are plenty of cafes less than 1 block away open for breakfast. Fantastic value, fantastic alternative to the normal hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank dougdilg
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UK
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133 reviews
82 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

Excellent location, and huge suite with separate bedroom, bathroom and kitchen / sitting area with table. The 'kitchen' is just a fridge and microwave but you don't really need anything else when great food is all around you. There is no crockery / cutlery but a couple of mugs provided allow you to make tea.

It's a very pleasant walk along the river to the Guggenheim, and in the evening you are surrounded by some great bars and restaurants.

At just 65€ a night this is a real bargain. Recommended.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

As others have said, this is not a hotel - no food or permanent reception service, however the location is good, on the edge of the Casco Viejo, and the accommodation is very good, clean modern facilites and comfortable beds.
Getting there from the airport was easy by public transport, bus and tram. We sent Oihanna a text message from the bus and she met us when we arrived.
Although a busy part of town, we found the room quiet.
No shortage of places to eat and drink nearby. The tourist information office at the Arriaga Theatre is also close by.
We would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DeltaMike20
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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50 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

Arriaga Suites consists of 6 or 7 rooms/studios on the first floor of a building in Casco Viejo. IT IS NOT AN HOTEL! It is misleading to list it as Number 4 on hotel reviews. There is no reception or food of any sort.
For that reason I could not agree with all the 5 star reviews. I will give it 3 stars for location and comfortable beds.
Actually, make that 2 as the corridor is very noisy and every sound can be heard from other guests.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank hotdrop
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Property: Pension Arriaga
Address: Bidebarrieta, 3 - 1, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao > Bilbo Zaharra
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #27 of 43 Hotels in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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We are located in the middle of Bilbao's old town, the historic centre of the city, where you can enjoy a great variety of shops, restaurants and typical bars with their famous "Pintxos". ... more   less 
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