The last eleven days of June my boyfriend and I visited the northern region of Spain. We stayed in Bilbao for four nights and in San Sebastián for six.
For both cities, we were looking for a nice room close to all the things we wanted to see, for less than €100 a night. Since my boyfriend isn’t a breakfast fan and we didn’t feel like paying €5 or more per person for some toasts and a croissant, we were fine with just a room without breakfast included.
So, we looked on Hostelworld and Booking.com and decided to go with the Ibis in Bilbao and Pension Basic Confort 2 in San Sebastián.
This pension is located in the old part of Bilbao, a pedestrian area, on the second floor of a four-story apartment building. There are only four or five rooms and the reception is in what I think would be the hallway if it would’ve been a normal apartment.
The lady (and I think owner) who welcomed us was really friendly. She immediately gave us a map and pointed to all the places that were nice to visit. Our room was clean, really big, with two single beds put together, a little balcony, a desk, big closet, television, toilet and shower (two separate little rooms). You could see the place was recently renovated. There was someone at the reception from 9 in the morning until 9 PM, but if you needed anything after that time, you could go to or call another pension nearby.
A minor downside to this great pension might be that it can be a bit noisy. We were lucky to have a room at the back of the building, but I can imagine that you might suffer from some street noise if you sleep on the street side. Also, the walls are rather thin, so if someone in the room next to you is loud, you’ll here it. I tell these things because my boyfriend, who refuses to use earplugs, noticed them. I, who uses them, slept like a baby every night.
Oh, did I mention the lady gave us cookies before we left? And she let us use her computer and printer so we could do an online check in and print our boarding passes for our flight back home.
If you would like to know more about our trip to the Basque Country and our stay at the Ibis Bilbao Centro, be sure to check my blog www.wonderfulwanderings.com
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