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Hotel Embarcadero
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Getxo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 2, 2011

We had stay there twice it is very nice but the price is too expensive for what they offer..same with the food far too overpriced

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed October 12, 2011

This is a stylish, sleek and yet very comfortable modern hotel in an beautifully converted old Basque style mansion out in the quiet harbour-side suburb of Getxo. If you want a more relaxing base to visit the urban goliath of Bilbao, this should be your choice. Staff are uniformly friendly and helpful, speak good English and will happily book your restaurants for you. There is a great little terrace for pre-dinner drinks overlooking the harbour, and a nice downstairs bar where you can also grab a coffee and juice if you don't fancy the full breakfast. The stroll down the harbour promenade in the evening is lovely, and there is a very nice beach at the end, perhaps 20 minutes walk away.
Ask for a room with a sea view and pay the extra 18 euros - it really is worth it.
For those taking the ferry back to England in the morning, the hotel is conveniently close and out of the horrors of driving in central Bilbao. We took the extraordinary iron transporter bridge across the river as our means of getting to the port - this is a sight in itself, but it's also fun to use it, along with the line of Spanish commuters moving around the area (but if you do choose this option, allow an extra 30 or 40 minutes, as the bridge ferry takes only 6 cars per crossing).
The metro is a pleasant 10 minute walk through residential streets, and then takes about 30 minutes into the centre of the old town. Beware if you are dining in the centre on Spanish time, as the tube system closes down at 11.00 pm, stranding various diners and post-theatre goers.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

This hotel is most probably the best place to stay in Bilbao. Nice view, proximity of Bilbao downtown. It is t rue That it is not right in the city center but close to spots you don't visit when staying in the city. The restaurant is good and the service at the right level. I recommend it. Walk to the old Harbor and have andrink there. It is really Romantic.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

This is a good choice if you want to visit Bilbao but want to get away from the city for some respite. Getxo is on the metro line to Bilbao and offers a quieter location to relax in. The hotel is ideally placed to offer lovely views over the enormous harbour which is constantly busy with all kinds of watercraft and sports. The promenade it fronts onto is constantly alive with people engaged in walking, cycling rollerblading and so on and makes for interesting people watching all through the day and evening.

The hotel is good but perhaps not quite as good as several I have stayed in and I would say it was considerably overpriced. Its greatest feature being its position by the water. The service is polite and efficient. Breakfast choice became monotonous at the end of a week with little choice for non meat eaters. The choice comes nowhere close to those you get in the likes of German hotels.

The decor is fresh and stylish in black, white and red and rooms and public areas are very clean and tidy. Rooms are not very spacious but alright. Wardrobe space and hangers were limited. The bathroom is fine but I've had much classier ones in many other hotels. I did not like the wash basin which put design before function and its stopper did not appear to work. The shower was over the bath which was high enough to pose a problem for people with mobility difficulties.

Lots of opportunities to walk around the area and there were shops and restaurants about 10-15 mins walk from the hotel, as was the metro station. Use the metro to get around to some of the other places along the line to discover some quaint little villages.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

This hotel is a gem, located right on the sea front with a beautiful outdoor terrace. Our room and bathroom was fabulous, clean, comfortable and had everything you would need. Definitely worth paying a little extra for a room sea with a sea view! The breakfast was very good too. It is a 15 minute walk to the nearest restaurants and bars, however, a beautiful stroll along the promenade, or a short taxi ride. The staff couldn't have been more helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

July 12, 2009 We just got back from Northern Spain. Ercilla Embarcadero hotel was our favorite . We had a ocean view room on the harbor room 21 beautiful room and english speaking staff with great recommendations. We did the breakfast and were happy we did. Did not see any breakfast places near by and did not want to drive. The train is across the street so very easy to get to Bilbao in 15 minutes. Did Guggenheim and old city. There is a nice walkway all around the harbor walk to the fishing village of Purto Viejo for Tapas we dined at Karola Etxea (Basque House) restaurant was one of the best meals we had. Restaurants open at 9p. Stay here not in Bilbao center.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2008

Fantastic hotel. I only stayed here one night but wish i had stayed the whole trip here instead of right in Bilbao. Beautiful rooms - you feel like you are in someone's old summer villa, which you probably are! Great views of harbor. Staff extremely friendly and accommodating. Feels very special!

Stayed: November 2008
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Address: Avenida Zugazarte, 51, 48930 Getxo, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Vizcaya > Getxo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Getxo
Price Range: $142 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Embarcadero 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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