Hotel Melia Bilbao
What We Love
- Panoramic city views from premium terrace rooms
- Indoor-outdoor pool offers the best of both worlds
- Live music and tapas in the trendy Q Bar
- The Aizian restaurant serves Basque cuisine with a modern twist
What To Know
- This is primarily a hotel for business travelers, not a resort property. That said, it is adequate for short leisure breaks or overnight stays for families
- Family Rooms may feel a bit snug for four at 301 square feet
- The pool is not big enough for serious swimmers
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
If you like modern architecture, you’ll appreciate Melia Bilbao’s sleek good looks. For those who don’t, the hotel’s sense of style may convert you. Designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the blocky building echoes the industrial heritage of the former docklands district it sits in. Inside, the public areas mirror the ochre of the exterior, with clean, sharp lines and jumbo windows.
Bed and Bath
In the guestrooms, red cedar veneer and earthy tones set off dazzling white bed linens atop ultra-comfortable DreaMax beds. At 301 square feet, Family Rooms, configured for sleeping two adults and two children, may feel a little snug; Premium Rooms are a bit smaller but have terraces with panoramic views. Bathrooms have showers and full-size tubs and are decorated in pale, woody colors; amenities include fluffy Napoles robes and Melia toiletries (or, in the Suites, the upscale Tous brand). All rooms have WiFi and a minibar (charges apply for the latter). In the Suites you’ll find Nespresso machines and hydromassage bathtubs, and the Grand Suites have a separate lounge area with a second bath.
The Aizian restaurant, where chef Jose Miguel Olazabalaga serves fine Basque cuisine with a modern twist, is reason enough to stay here. The tasting menu is a perfect introduction to the region’s unique dishes, but for those with less time to spare there is a good-value à la carte menu. Q4, the hotel’s bright and airy atrium eatery, has a menu full of savory pintxos (the Basque take on tapas) as well as set menus for adults and children. The purple-lit Q Lounge also serves pintxos — Basques rarely drink without snacking — and is a favorite spot for smart young locals to enjoy live music and after-work cocktails. A semi-covered heated pool shares the sixth floor with a naturally lit gym (with a treadmill, a cross-trainer, an exercise bike, multifunctional resistance machines and free weights) and the Barea spa, which offers treatments and massages including a signature massage combining Thai, traditional and shiatsu techniques.
In the Area
The Guggenheim Museum, which transformed the city into a world-class hub for art and architecture, is less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and the atmospheric Casco Viejo (old quarter) is a five-minute stroll away. Bilbao’s other big attraction is Basque cuisine, which you can savor at Daniel Garcia’s much admired Zortziko. At Gatz and Victor Montes, taste pintxos such as chili bacalao balls washed down with a glass of txakoli, a fizzy dry white wine from the Basque region. Looking for a breath of sea air? Head for the beaches of Arrietara-Atxabibil, Barinatxe or Menakoz.
How to Get There
Pleasant rooms , helpful staff and a great location within easy access of main sights , and transport.
More than happy to experience this hotel again .
Half board was good overall .
Annoying aspect were the lifts (2) which had a mind of their own - We were often kept waiting and seeing empty lifts whizzing past only to be greeted by a fully occupied lift several minutes later at peak times .
We cannot not confirm some of the previous negative comments. The room was clean and well kept. Housekeeping sometimes forgot to place a new towel or wash cloth back at it's place. But that's about it. Breakfast was good and plenty. Staff was friendly but sometimes not coherent with information given. We avoided the expensive and narrow parking with using the alternative parkade at the Guggenheim Museum. We'd come back. Great location. Great view from our room into the river valley and far enough away from the elevators.
I have had the good fortune to be able to stay in a number of Melia hotels throughout Spain and have enjoyed good experiences within them until now where I am sorry to say I was disappointed
I found the staff to be cold and unfriendly although I found Samir to be warm and friendly and Jesus was helpful and Andrea at breakfast was delightful
Needless to say I will not be revisiting
Visited here for 3 nights as a short break. Arrived early morning but the staff let us check in early which was appreciated so we could leave our bags in the room and explore the city. Nice location on the edge of a park, walking distance to the centre and the old town. Our room looked out over the river which was nice. Room was spacious but needed a lick of paint. No complimentary items in the room which is what you might expect. However, bathroom was spacious with a great shower. Made use of the outdoor swimming pool which is great on the 6th floor. Staff on the whole were friendly with one member of staff giving me a carton of water and small towel as I returned from a run! Nice hotel on the whole in a great location but not sure it delivers a 5 star package.
good location, nice view, clean and friendly staff.
room in need of refurbishment, no coffee machine or complimentary drink.
Overall I do recommend the hotel, nice gym and semi-outdoor pool