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“A very nice and well cared for hotel in an ideal location.”
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Begona
Ranked #6 of 26 Bilbao B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Hostal Begona is a great and affordable hotel if you're planning on hitting up Bilboa. It is very clean and well maintained, great location (5 min walk to the old town, 10 min scenic walk to the Guggenheim along the water), and the owner is very kind and helpful. When I first arrived, he was great at explaining how to get places and had maps ready to hand out. There are lots of great pintxo bars and restaurants nearby in the old town (Casco Viejo) and a lot of the city has wifi which was great. Overall a fantastic hotel! A tip for the Guggenheim- buy your tickets online and you can skip the line. Wish I knew that before!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Very helpful, like all in basque country
Clean, well equipped, fast wi-Fi & looked after our bikes
Great location near to the old town & pinxos area & gugenheim
54 euros for a double room.

Would be happy to stay again, will definitely go back to Bilbao.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank JuloTurin
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

This is a modest family run hostel/hotel, with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The reception was really helpful when we had questions. The location is fantastic for transport links, the old town just over the bridge and the Guggenheim just up the river. The small fridge in the room was handy and though we didn't use it the WiFi and computers were there if you wanted them. Would recommend and stay there again if in Bilbao.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Bilbao on our Camino (del Norte) June 24-27, 2012 . Hostal Begona, pedestrian street, few steps from the Abando Metro/Renfe station. Across the street from the Ferrocarill station and the tramway station. You cross the bridge and there is the historical center. So, everything is in walking distance, including the Guggenheim Museum. The desk of the hostal is at the first floor (lift), but to rich the rooms you have to climb a few wooden stairs to next floor. Don’t worry about the luggage, the staff is in charge. Excellent and clean room, view to the silent street. Minibar, good wifi connection. Next to the building is a local bar offering from fresh and specific breakfast to late and alive popular dinners.
We recommend the hostal as a very good location and service, at a very correct price for Bilbao.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank BucharestTourista
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Location very close to the Metro (Abando) and old town. Budget prices. Room very clean. Computers and wifi available for free. Small fridge in room. Balcony in room. Good service.

Man at reception spoke English, just not sure if he understood it that well. Price could be slightly cheaper for a single room.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Jo_Mags
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights in June. The location was very good and the room was pretty simple but clean and comfortable. The decor slightly dated but nothing bad. The reception were friendly and helpful even when their english was limited. There were also computers with internet and a shared lounge space which was nice. Would recommend to others, certainly good value.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

I was warmly welcomed by the 20-something son who has an engineering degree and a einning smile He offered me an upgrade, at no additional cost, to a LARGE room -- a near-suite -- even though I had booked a single room at their lowest prices. I accepted, after he showed me the difference in room size, happy to deposit my bag and explore the city while giving the maid time to clean the larger room. It turned out that Insonloved Bilbao I asked to remain a third day. Luckily Hostal Begoña had a room -- they were fully FULLY booked all of the following week -- but would have to take the smaller room. 'No problem,' it seemed only fair as I was but one person paying for this smaller quarters anyway. I would gladly leave my bag at the reception after my second night so hotel staff could clean the rooms and affect the transition. But, Lo! A few minutes after agreeing to what I thought a completely fair arrangement, that nice young man called me in my room to say that he had found a way to arrange things so I could stay in my large room, with commodious bath, if small, but ingeniously-doored shower stall, mini-fridge, large-screen TV, and firm double bed!!!

The young man's father was just as friendly and helpful with directions. He suggested the PERFECT Pinxto tasting tour (PINCHOS = Tapas, heightened to a delicious basque art form) and taught me several useful phrases in Euskadi so I could order the local wine and fish dishes I so enjoyed and also share a few words of polite thanks for them.

I could have passed a pleasant week in this city, had more time -- but chose instead to see a couple Basque Beaches before ending this trip in Madrid.

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be sure to WALK, WALK, WALK, everywhere in town -- the traditional Casco Viejo AND its neighboring hamlet built into a steep hill and fully outfitted with outdoor escalators and elevators; The Goog for at least five hours, inside and out, Pintxos bar hopping, new city wandering, river and bridge watching, and, if time permits, take a tour of the town and buy a pass which offers discounts on transport and sites, museums other than the Goog ...


Disoriented upon my first foray in Bulbao I struggled to find this hotel which sits on a quiet street leas than two full blocks from The RENFE station. The security guard at this train station gave me a tourist map and explained that though the hotel on Amistad St (aptly named as all who work at Begiña proved friendly indeed -- and all the locals who gather at the bars/cafés and frequent the shops along this short block were obviously quite happy in one another's company too) lay a two-minute walk (with luggage!) away, he couldn't find the words to describe exactly how to cross the roundabout and turn right twice -- or exit another door, cross a pedestrian courtyard, descend some steps and make two lefts. No worries, My first trip took a full five minutes, but subsequent journeys to/past the RENFE Station all lasted under two minutes.

Beware, however, if you arrive in Bilbao via the other train station, from, say, San Sebastian, where RENFE fears to tread and a local Basque train that plies the sylvan countryside does go. Hostal Begiña lies just across the Navarra bridge on the "new" side of town and the regionall Eusko Tren station lies a 10-15 minute, charming walk away in the older Casco Viejo. If you arrive by bus, you'll find yourself deposited all the way across the newer side of town. Despair not, fine voyager -- Bilbao sports a clean and efficient subway that will whisk you from Bus terminal to near the aforementioned RENFE stop. Or, of you have light bags and sturdy legs, fortified by a good sense of direction or friendly aspect and gregarious nature, or some workable admixture thereof, you can set out to discover the less touristy but (once a block or two away from the bus station, busy/noisy/redolent of, well, bus station odors, as all such places are, and across the widest thoroughfare in all the city) calm, clean, and comfortably livable/walk able streets that lead to HB. Note: You'll be surprised, if you do opt for to take this route, by your first glimpse of Gehry's Guggenheim ("El Goog") as it appears, all a jumble, at the far end of a north-running street.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Address: C/Amistad, 2, 48001 Bilbao, Spain
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Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Bilbao
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Ranked #6 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Bilbao
Price Range: $61 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Begona 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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