Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Gran Hotel Domine
Outstanding and very cool hotelfrom paulpiper
Best hotel in the world?from A TripAdvisor Member
Our room (318) overlooked the Guggenheim, and having already seen the Aztec exhibition in the Guggenheim's NYC branch late last year, we didn't mind the extra time spent in our superb room, and when not in our room we were drawn to GHDB's trendy 'Splash&Crash' bar to sup on more-ish Cuba Libres and Kir Royales.
The weather in Bilbao may have been drizzly, but inside we were cheered up by the quirky design skills of 'Mariscal', the team behind the whole image of the hotel. The bathroom was the highlight with its Starck standalone bath and wet-room shower, and an incredibly cheap minibar meant we could quaff Cava a la P Diddy as we relaxed under atmospheric lighting while gazing out on the Guggenheim. And as for the bed turn-down service with it's little squeezy toys and chocolates, well I could go on and on and on ...
The Best Bilbao Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
If you are looking up this hotel you probably already know about its amazing design, it's internal courtyard with the 7-story high sculpture and you probably already heard about the hotel's best feature - the roof terrace overlooking Bilbao's famous Gherry landmark (where they also happen to serve great breakfast). This in addition to the fact that many of ghDB's rooms also overlook the museum.
The Hotel is truly of 4-star quality, the service is superb, you never see anything or hear anything, things just magically appear and are done, beds are prepared for the night with a special touch of little animals holding chocolates on your pillow. Any demand or request for information was handled with outmost courtesy and expeditiously met. Such a nice change from other 4-star establishments that are that just in name, have noisy gossiping staff who move tables at 7am dragging them across wooden floors, but don't get me started on that one! Enjoy the best of Bilbao from this great hotel, including sunset shots of the Gug Museum from the rooftop, free apples at the gym that also overlooks the museum and great bath & shower design of executive rooms, to name just a few!
Great Viewfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent viewfrom grs
The cafe metropel food wasn't that great.
A good base for a few days in Bilbao
super cool breakfast viewfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Sublime hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The atrium is stunning, with a glass elevator rising up past a blue sculpted centrepiece: the staff are friendly and professional: the restaurant serves great food. We had a room looking onto the Guggenheim, which was absolutely wonderful: just perfectly made - wonderful attention to detail - deep, luxurious bath, soft bath towels, CD player, individual aircon, etc etc. The staff also personalise each visit: we would return in the evening to find chocolates, and little keepsakes on the freshly made bed. The breakfasts were delicious too: fresh fruit, yoghurt, local meats and you eat on the roof overlooking Frank Gehry's unbelievable building, with views of the hills that rise up aorund Bilbao.
Ten out of Tenfrom A TripAdvisor Member
When you reserve try to get a room overlooking the Guggenheim - the cheaper rooms have an interior view but if you don't mind that you will still be very happy. Our room (and I'm sure all the other rooms are equally as good if not better) was perfect - spacious, beautifully decorated and had a lovely bathroom with a fabulous free-standing bath and decked shower area. Big fluffy robes and slippers and good toiletries were provided.
The beds were superb, comfortable and with the nicest Egyptian cotton sheets I've ever slept in.
You will not be disappointed with this hotel - it's chic, stylish, modern, comfortable, perfectly located for the Guggenheim and has a lovely rooftop terrace, a very pleasant cafe and a very good restaurant. The bar is nice too, good music but it could have been fractionally quieter!!! Great drinks, and excellent service.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone, we loved it. I've stayed at many hotels in many countries and this is certainly in my top 3.
Whilst in Bilbao make sure that you head into the town centre too, it's really pleasant in the evening and the old town across the river is quite nice to explore. Also a day trip to San Sebastian is worthwhile - it's a lovely old seaside town with a great beach, about an hour and a half on the bus from the main bus station in Bilbao.
Mind blowing!from straysheep
Top Local Tips for Bilbao
Movies All local cinemas show all movies in Spanish or Bask only, no original language showing. Also VERY disturbing trying to go to TRIPADVISOR and being redirected in spanish, no explanation.Difficult if you do not speak Spanish
Breakfast in the Gran Domaine It's not cheap but it represents great value considering what you get
Flights One of the attractions of this break was that we managed to get cheap flights to Santander which is about an hours drive from Bilbao, but hiring a car still worked out to be cheaper than flying direct to Bilbao, plus it gave us the opportunity to see more of this part of Northern Spain which was great.
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