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Arriaga
Ranked #33 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“fatastic feel like part of the family”
Reviewed January 5, 2010

as my family are basque we return to bilbao frequently and always stay at this hotel, the mcallister family are well known to the family run hotel. all staff are lovely and would do anything to help and make our stay perfect. the whole family have stayed at various times,grandparents,children.adults(cousins). great location for everytning in bilbao and would never consider staying anywhere else. Just booked again for 7 of us to stay in august for the festivals.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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PerthWestOz
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2007

We need more places like this in oz - totally relaxed - affordable (read el cheapo for europe) - clean - family run - central - quiet - comfortable beds - what more could one want - oh! - and cheap at half the price. Close by the local pintxos bars (you have to go there to experience one of THE taste sensations on this planet) - you must ry the TXANGURRO - to die 4!! Aside from the culinary delights of Bilbao - this is a very comfortable place to stay and a great jumping off platform for the remainder of Spain or as I did Portugal - but if you insist on driving in Portugal (as I did) do yourself a favour and hire an automatic - it will save your ankles (on the brake/clutch pedals) and your wrists (controlling the steering wheel and the gear stick).

  • Liked — Queit - good price - clean - close to CBD - etc etc.
  • Disliked — Nil.
  • Stayed August 2007
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Lincoln, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2007

First of all i will explain we had booked 7 nights at the Best Western Hotel Conde Duque, but upon arrival the hotel was in the middle of being decorated which they failed to mention!! They showed us to our room which was horrible and had a window that looked into the middle of building and it a disgusting site. However when we explained we were unhappy the did offer an upgrade (at extra price) or full refund we took the latter. So we walked out the hotel with no where to stay but luckily i had a Footprint guide to Bilbao (highly recommend) which listed the Arriaga as being a simple but friendly hotel. This hotel was above my expectations the staff are very friendly and helpful (the young male chap has the best english and best tourist knowledge of Bilbao and surrounding area's!) The rooms are simple but if you get one with a view out onto the river and the Arriaga Theatre this is wonderful. They don't provide any food or drinks but this is fine as your are in the old part of Bilbao and surrounded by little Authetic spannish cafe/restraunts which give you a taste of the spanish life (the ham is good). The tourist office is located in the Arriaga Theatre, there is normally one englih speaking person on hand to help they tell you how to get to anywhere you and give you the price. The guugiehem is a must see even if your not into the arty sort of thing its just amazing piece of work. We also visted santander and san sebastion which are within a few hours travelling by coach (excellent coah services). There is not a lot to do in Santander but san sebastion is a worth a visit for the sea views, beaches and the sea life centre. We found that a week was a bit too long in Bibao we should have maybe toured the north of spain a bit more.

You must be prepared though for the fact that very little people in the North of Spain speak english so try and learn some simple spannish before you come this got us through it. Also the price of beer and food is higher compared the rest of spain, i wouls say in line with city prices in England.

All in all the hotel was great, the people of Bilbo are great but theres not a whole lot to do!!!

  • Liked — The firendly service
  • Disliked — No food service
  • Tips/Secrets — tourist office is across he road in the Arriaga Thearte
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
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34 Thank steven576
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Reviewed June 11, 2006

My daughter Tapas and I spent just a day in Bilbao last week and Arriaga turned out to be the best hotel we encountered in our month-long tour of Europe. A long and tiring journey from Paris had brought us to the doorsteps of Arriaga and we were instantly made to feel at home by the young bespectacled receptionist who probably belongs to the family that owns the charming old-style hotel. She was very helpful with advice on how best to spend the 24 hours we had at our disposal before heading off to San Sebastian. ("Don't visit the acquarium in Bilbao, the one at San Sebastian is much better.") When we returned late at night, the young man at the reception was equally friendly and cooperative. We saw an old woman -- very old -- actively engaged in some hotel-related chore, and later learnt that she was the mother of the young receptionist. The view from the room brought the beauty of the Arriaga Theatre, built on riverfront, to our admiring eyes.

Our only regret is that we didn't ask the names of the young female and male receptionists, who were so friendly to us. But we did say to them as we checke out: "Yours is the best hotel we stayed in during our month-long journey in Europe, and (turning to the young lady), you were the best person we came across in any hotel we stayed in."

  • Stayed June 2006
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Guernsey
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2005

We had booked this hotel on the back of a 2002 Rough Guide review saying that it was the best of the medium hotels in Bilbao. I can only presume that it has lost stars since 2002 as we later discovered that it was only a one star hotel. As very few people in northern Spain speak anything other than Spanish or Basque (not French or English), my mother (Spanish speaking) had booked making it very clear that we needed inter-connecting rooms (which she was advised was possible) for our kids.

When we arrived, the only English speaking member of staff was not there. We were shown are rooms, which weren't interconnecting and managed to communicate that this was not acceptable. We were then shown many other rooms, but there were clearly none which were inter-connecting. All the rooms smelt highly of damp and it would have been impossible to sleep in them because of this, let alone the beds which were visibly sagging. The hotel was seedy though, somewhat strangely, they had wireless connection.

Wouldn't touch this place with a barge-pole, particularly when only a few doors down the road we were able to pick up a three star (to this one's one) for the same price.

  • Stayed March 2005
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  • Stayed December 2004
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Reviewed March 26, 2004

I got a single room that overlooked the river. One of the proprietors, Begonia, gave me tips on where to go and where to avoid in Bilbao. One minus was that the hotel turned off the heater at night. Overall, it was a good value.

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Property: Arriaga
Address: Ribera, 3, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao > Bilbo Zaharra
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Room Service
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Ranked #33 of 42 Hotels in Bilbao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
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