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Hotel Photo Zabalburu
Ranked #37 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
Reviewed August 11, 2014

This hotel is located in about 10 minutes from main train station and 30 minutes from bus station, so the location is not advantage of this hotel. At the same time, the hotel is pretty clear and quiet despite that just across the railroad there is very specific San Francisco district. I stayed in one person room and it seemed that it was smaller than the such room in other hotels. Staff were really nice and friendly. So if you are not afraid to stay not in the city center and want to save your money I would recommend you this hotel

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

It is a nice hotel, quite clean and comfortable, and it seams to be undergoing a renovation which is quite needed. The service was very good in general. The location is not that bad, although it is a 20 min walk from all the important stuff. The WiFi was a problem, but all in all it was a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

How to get there?

I walked from the bus station. Bilbao is located within a valley and is predominately flat and quite easy to walk around. Pick up a map at bus station.

Location

Bilbao is not that big a city to walk around and you can easily walk to old town. This hotel is located opposite a Le Corbusier inspired mixed use building with a supermarket and pub located within it.

Value

At 37 Euros with an ensuite, it was good value

Facilities

The mural on the bedroom wall of Bilbao looks really good. Has a TV and double bed.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

hotel staff were really nice and friendly
Generally the hotel is of a good standard but looks a little tired in places,
Room was clean and big enough
Free wi-fi which is always handy
For breakfast you go next door to a local cafe so dont expect a buffet breakfast as is usual in hotels.
Close to the Old Town and easy found from the train station

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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2  Thank gchc_11
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

A basic 2* is what you get. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but it ok for a short stay and good value. Staff friendly enough. it's got a supermarket across the road and a frui and veg shop and cafes on the street. It is on the edge of downbeaten area but not in it, I never felt worried( I though the old town was dodgier myself). I wouldn't bother with the €4.80 breakfast - it's just diy bread and marmalade, coffee and a cake

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Judging by the photos of the hotel online, we thought we were looking at a far better hotel than what we encountered. Certainly, it has ambitions of being hip and stylish, but the place, unfortunately has seen better days, sadly. The rooms are clean, but otherwise, in line with what I'd expect of a 2-star hotel.

The area it's in is, as other reviewers have noted, is seedy; and is quite a few blocks from the train station and historical centre and river.

The service is very friendly, generally better than what passes for customer service in Spain generally. Don't waste your time and money on the self-service 'breakfast' (if you could call it that), though.

Value for money: we were in town for Big Week, so most of the hotels would've been full, but we noted that the big chains like the Mercure were offering rooms for roughly the same as what these guys were charging. Definitely shop around, read TripAdvisor, and pay attention to the star-ratings and reviews of the hotels, _not_ the photos!

Room Tip: Not a room tip per se; don't bother with breakfast at the hotel, go to Cafe Bertiz (cafe bakery...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

The hotel itself has a style and is easy to remembering. The Beatles billboards, black&white pictures from 60-ties. The staff is nice and colorful dressed.

Rooms are OK, nothing significant in any details but decent.

The hotel location is the main problem. It is far from the old town (20 minutes walking), it is far from most famous modern Bilbao architecture objects (30 minutes), it is about 15 minutes walking from rail station and bus station.
Yes, something is very close - it is a bull fighting arena. Additionally, this part of the town has a bad reputation. Walking around we have got recommendation from local people do not go out in the evening. Many patrolling police cars and police officers seem to confirm that bad reputation.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Krzysztof N
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Additional Information about Hotel Photo Zabalburu

Address: C/ Pedro Martinez Artola, 8, 48012 Bilbao, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao
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Ranked #37 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
Price Range: $37 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Photo Zabalburu 2*
Number of rooms: 38
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