On May 14, after some 16 hours of airport and flying time, my husband and I arrived at Hotel Miro. It was one month after the senseless Marathon bombings shattered lives about a mile and a half from our home. Despite physical flight fatigue and emotional exhaustion from the turmoil in our cherished Boston, we were thrilled with our first view of Bilbao and the magnificent Gehry Guggenheim as we emerged from the tunnel into the city. And the elation didn’t stop there. We had a reservation at Hotel Miro for a room with a view of the museum and river; however, at check-in, the very attentive receptionist informed us that a suite was available and it had been awarded to us. Our only regret—we only had a day and a half in this lovely city. The suite was so welcome—attractive modern décor, comfortable bed, beautiful soaking tub and large separate shower, two sinks with lovely amenities and so much space. We can’t thank hotel management enough for such a wonderful introduction to Euskadi! The views of the Guggenheim in sun and rain (there was a lot of that, but how else could the countryside be so green) were fabulous. The hotel is perfectly positioned between the Museo de Bellas Artes (not to be missed) and the Guggenheim, and within walking distance of the Casco Viejo, and the grand streets of beautiful architecture that the city has so well preserved. A caveat though, I am a preservationist and an artist (representational portraits of beloved pets); architecture and art museums are my passion. However, we’ve never spent so much time in two museums as we did here; the entire morning in the fine arts museum and over four hours at the Guggenheim. Yes, they are that good!
The hotel staff was always so helpful and kind, almost as if they knew we were in need of a little pampering. But I feel that is how they treat everyone. Even the slightest question received an efficient, cordial response. We honestly have the highest esteem for this hotel, its design, and its staff…high praise indeed from my husband (very picky) who is a chef at America’s longest continuously operating luxury hotel, located along Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. Our welcome to Euskadi was absolutely lovely and we won’t hesitate to come back for a much longer stay; so many charming streets to explore and restaurants to be savored. Nerua at the Guggenheim was a fantastic experience and Etxanobe was by far the best of our life. Thank you to all at Hotel Miro for a memorable stay in your lovely city!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Bilbao's Golden Mile between the Guggenheim and Fine Arts Museum, Hotel Miro is the best way to discover Bilbao. An elegant and contemporary decoration as well as the cosmopolitan atmosphere perceived in its 50 rooms and a complete service offering (free WiFi, Courtesy Bar, 24 hr. Room Service, Wellbeing Area, Fitness Center, Meeting Rooms) make Hotel Miro the best option to dive into the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Miro Hotel Bilbao