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“Good value for a family stay in Bilbao”
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Hotel Artetxe
Ranked #11 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Don't fancy the hustle and bustle of the city? This place is for you. It's great value first and foremost. The staff are superb, speaking good English and with good recommendations. And it's just a short drive or ride on the funicular railway (just up the road) to the city. Rooms are a bit basic with no air con, but the view more than compensates.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Very friendly and fluent English spoken reception and breakfast service staff in a spottlessly clean hotel with relatively large rooms. On short driving distance from the Guggenheim where on can park underground for little money. Situated on a hill with nice breakast view and well maintained garden. Roomy car park where we were allowed to park our caravan to drive to town. One can also take public transport by a Funiculare (cablecar). The best value for money hotel we have come across so far.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank H B
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

We wanted to be outside but close to Bilbao and if you have a car, this place is ideal. Start the day with a well rounded breakfast (nothing hot) for 7 euros, pack your day trip gear in your modern room with plenty of space, A/C and security, walk out to your car in the free parking lot, drive 5 minutes up the road to the funicular train and wait 15 minutes at the most to a station just across the river from the Guggenheim. The old city is about 20 minutes from the Guggenheim where there is plenty to see, do, drink and eat. Staff at Artetxe is very helpful with directions and advice and for 70 euros, it can't be beat. Last thought - the view from the hotel grounds is from atop the city - what a way to start the day.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Robert R
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

We had no expectations about Bilbao, and it wasn't even on our itinerary when we arrived in Madrid, but upon recommendations by our B&B host in Madrid we decided to include a couple of days in Bilbao to check it out. We found Artetxe through TripAdvisor, and neither the hotel nor Bilbao disappointed.
We booked Hotel Artetxe because we were driving and were looking for a hotel with parking, which Artetxe offers it for free, as it is way outside Bilbao itself. Don't be put off by this, though. It is only a 5 min. drive to the funicular which takes you to Bilbao in no time, and believe me, once you navigate the Bilbao streets/traffic you'll be glad you are staying outside the city center. You'll also be glad you stayed here once you take a look at the vistas from the garden and the sunrise.
We stayed at a double room in the annex building. It had plenty of space, the furniture is basic but comfortable and it has everything you may need. The bathroom was small, especially the shower, but we found this to be the standard in Europe in our price range. Nothing we could not live with for a couple of days. We felt our room was pretty secluded and enjoyed the quietness.
We did not try the breakfast buffet, but it is 7 euros p/p, if I remember correctly.
I would certainly stay here again when I return to Bilbao. We loved it!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

The four of us stayed three nights in a double and in a twin for € 146 a night, buffet breakfast included. But they also offer standard and top a.c. accommodations. Clean rooms and baths, quiet atmosphere, great view from the garden, free parking, easy access (two minutes drive) to funicular (three minutes downtown), friendly staff. When coming back from a full day visit in Bilbao, hotel guests would appreciate a special price menu option in the nearby restaurant.

Room Tip: First floor twins are larger, ground floor doubles have a view on the garden.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Thank robertolong
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Stayed for 2 nights before catching ferry back to UK. Hotel is on the edge of Bilbao and from our basic but comfortable room we had a great view and looked down into the centre of the city. The hotel was quiet at night and we slept well with the window fully open. the room was not massive but very clean and the facilities provided were great.

The staff were very helpful and friendly. They sought us out individually to warn about the electricity disconnection the next morning (elec. company carrying out maintenance in the area) and the special arrangements they were making.

8 minutes to drive to the centre of the city but I am not sure how easily we would have found the route without the sat nav. We would certainly stay here again if return by ferry from Bilbao.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

Oh, we loved our 4-days stay in Bilbo and what à helpfull staff they have in hotel Artetxe. Especially Eva was our guide and gave magnificent tips where to go and where to eat. THE view from our room was magnificent, only comparanle to THE view we had over Innsbruck staying in Aldranserhof. Breakfast was sufficiënt, though public transport is excellent you need à car to the funicalar. To find The hotel keep THE sign Artxanda. Eva and other members of THE staff: Tthanxxx 4 your Bask hospitality

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Additional Information about Hotel Artetxe

Address: Carretera BI 3741 | Km 7, 48015 Bilbao, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao > Abando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bilbao
#6 Family Hotel in Bilbao
#11 Romantic Hotel in Bilbao
Price Range: $61 - $142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Artetxe 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Refurnished countryhouse basque style outside Bilbao downtown, located at the top of Artxanda hill offers panoramic views of the whole city, special spot to enjoy nature and relax.Good combinations with Loiu Interantion Airport, highways and coastal roads and Artxanda's funicular public transportation down to Guggenheim Museum area.Rooms equipped with bathroom, telephone, central heating, Led TV, visco elastic pillows. Bookcrossing area, parking lot under surveillance, free WIFI, We lend Netbook to check email, Coffee bar, Breakfast buffet. #prowellcomers #wellcomehotelartetxe ... more   less 
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