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Ganbara Hostel
Ranked #8 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Bilbao
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Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

I had a four night stay here in June 2012 and it was exactly what I was looking for from my accommodation in Bilbao. The location is great, right by Casco Viejo and a short walk to the river. The hostel was clean, the showers had hot water and the common areas were really comfortable. There was also free wifi which worked really well and free lockers in the rooms. The rooms felt a little bit cramped but if you're just there to sleep at night it's not really a problem. We found the first couple of nights quite noisy - our room faced the street and the noise was coming from outside so this isn't something the hostel could've controlled. All in all really good value for money - i'd definitely stay there again if I ever return to Bilbao.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

A very clean hostel with friendly staff with a very chilled out vibe. They have lots of games/books/DVDs, free wi-fi and breakfast included!

Room Tip: We were in the upstairs room near the lounge area and could hear the trains in the morning though, w...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

This is everything you would love for in a hostel as a young traveler, solo or with a group of friends. The location was the best you could ask for- right by the metro and down the street from all the shops and bars of casca viejo. The shared space was ample, comfortable, and there were always people around to talk to and get to know. While the rooms were small, they were clean and the showers had hot water and good water pressure. The staff was also very helpful in planning and getting around. Great stay, no complaints!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

I cannot imagine a better hostel at this price (I can't remember the exact price but I know I paid <20 EUR a night). Hostels rarely look as good in real life as they do in photos - this one looks better than their pictures, and that's saying something. Incredible. Everything is clean and fresh and simple, but with a huge dose of personality.

Friendly staff, lovely location - it's round the corner from the Casco Viejo metro stop, the Basque Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Granted, the centre of Bilbao has moved away from Casco Viejo, but being two metro stops away from Plaza Moyúa is hardly a sacrifice if you get to be in Casco Viejo.

All you can eat breakfast, coffee and tea all day. Not too crowded - even though the hostel was at capacity one of the days I was there, it never felt like there were too many people crammed into a small space, and it was often quiet and peaceful without feeling empty. Fantastic common spaces. Wifi works flawlessly. Showers are clean and have individual locks, which is rare in hostels. Rooms are small but don't feel cramped. The entire experience was just so uniformly excellent, it truly felt like a home away from home.

I cannot say enough good things about this hostel, but this is the strongest way I can put it: I would go back to Bilbao just to stay at this hostel.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
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Stayed: August 2017
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Address: Kalea Prim 11, 48006 Bilbao, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao
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Ranked #8 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Bilbao
Price Range: $18 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ganbara Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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