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
- 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
Amazing hotel with a fantastic location for concert venue and Guggenheim. Staff were all top quality professionals. The only minor improvement could be the cooked part of the breakfast for English and American guests.
Stayed here for one night before catching ferry home it’s about half hour drive from the ferry.
Very nice hotel about 25 mins walk along the river to the Old Town.
Didn’t eat there as not really to our taste so walked along the river to a different restaurant very nice hotel though
We were in Bilbao in September for 2 days This was the 2nd stop on 15 day tour of Spain. The hotel was centrally located to the Guggenheim museum and a short walk to the City Center. It was Spectacular! .Breakfast was served in the restaurant area. Buffet style with fried eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, bread, muffins, bagels, croissants, coffee, juices, yogurt, fruit and more. They also had cold cuts and cheese for sandwiches. The staff there were very polite and attentive. We upgraded to a Gran Premium room - with a view of the beautiful park - there were views all around. Floor to ceiling windows provide plenty of natural light and the rooms are equipped with automatic blinds. Wish we could have stayed longer.
I was expecting more out of this hotel as a 5 star and that's why I rated this with 4 stars versus 5. The room itself was very nice as well as the bathroom. I loved having the separate shower which is usually missing in hotels in Europe. We had a great view from our room and liked the idea of the automated shades. The location was good, It was close to the Guggenheim museum and not a bad walk from the city center. The breakfast , however, was very chaotic. Tables were dirty and not cleared. They were constantly out of coffee either in the carafe or the machines. I think they needed additional help in the dining area and that would have made things run more smoothly. They should be on top of this as they are a 5 star hotel.
2 mins walk to the conference centre. Nice impression in the foyer, staff friendly. Initial room smelt very damp and dusty. When I mentioned this to the reception, I got the impression they expected this and already had another key card ready. New room was fine, clean etc. Would probably stay again.