We stayed at this hotel on the way through to Portugal and back again when returning to Calais. The access to the secure car parking was a real challenge to find (one way system meant you had to travel up the road and come around the back - took us two attemtps with instructions) and the 12 euro charge was really unnecessary. No response to a poorly maintained sliding door (I was the only one in our family that could push it open just!) during our first stay didn't leave the best first impression - reported to reception early on arrival and on leaving. We asked for a more suitable bed/seatee (similar to those in La Rochelle, Novotel with two separate beds are built into the same seatee) to split up our Son and Daughter sleeping together however no options were available when the reception was asked.
Reception staff were very helpful especially when we had asked about the location of our next Novotel booked in Poitners in France and providing a replacement for our TV remote control that didn't work.
The breakfast room was very spacious and there was an excellent choice of options for our family.
Small swimming pool at the rear was not used on our two stays - maybe next time!
Handy MacDonalds within five mins walk from the Hotel if you fancy a change from the Hotel menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Puerta de Bilbao Hotel is located across from the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC), 15 minutes from Loiu airport and 10 minutes from the centre of Bilbao. Easy to reach via the A8 Santander Bilbao motorway, the hotel is 600 m from the train station and close to the MAX CENTER shopping complex. This 4 star hotel is ideal for business or leisure travel and features 203 rooms, 6 meeting rooms, á la carte Restaurant "La Ribera" and a cosy lobby bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Bilbao Exhibition Hotel Barakaldo
- Accor Bilbao Barakaldo
- Novotel Barakaldo
- Barakaldo Novotel