What We Love
- Artsy vibe
- Handy spot on the Nervión River, across from the Guggenheim and a quick walk to the Old Town
- The lobby’s courtesy bar, stocked with tea, coffee and soft drinks
- On-site Acqua Wellness spa
What To Know
- Only north-facing rooms have Guggenheim views
- No on-site restaurant, but you’re just a few blocks from some of the city's best bars and eateries
- Rooms near the elevator can be noisy
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Hotel Miró’s unassuming façade and minimalist design mimic the avant-garde aesthetic of its neighbors, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Fine Arts. The brainchild of Barcelona-based fashion designer Antonio Miró, this former music school blends right in with its artistically inclined surroundings, with thoughtful interiors that have a modern museum vibe. Black marble, quirky photography, contemporary artwork, tripod lamps and chrome chairs decorate the public spaces.
Bed and Bath
The boxy guestrooms, which are red, black and white, are simple, spacious and flooded with light from wall-size windows. Curtains separate sleeping, lounging and bathing spaces, keeping things fluid and multifunctional. Bathrooms are petite and clad in black marble, with products from Gilchrist & Soames.
Downstairs you’ll find the courtesy bar, dressed in sunshine yellows, where you can have a soft drink, coffee or tea before hitting the town. Need to brush up on your Basque knowledge? Head to the library, a quiet space filled with reading material for the curious traveler. Sure, the hotel is well appointed, and its convenient location is a key selling point, but it’s the service that truly shines. Staff members speak excellent English and bend over backward to help guests — whether it’s a relocation (should your neighbors party late into the night) or securing a table at the hottest restaurant in town. It’s a touch of Old World care in a totally New World building — a stay that appeals as much to travelers who appreciate the finer things as to diehard Frank Gehry fans.
In the Area
As mastermind behind the Spanish outpost of one of the world’s most beloved art franchises, Frank Gehry managed to inject a newfound energy into Bilbao’s Guggenheim. Nearby you’ll also find the Museo de Bellas Artes, the city’s revered fine arts institution, which is well worth a visit. Stroll downtown to the area known as the Old Town; the entire barrio has been declared a national landmark. Many of the buildings, such as the Catedral de Santiago and the Basílica de Begoña, date back as far as the 14th and 15th centuries. The Basque region of Spain is known for its tapas (called pintxos locally), which place a heavy emphasis on seafood bites such as cod. Get in on the action via a favorite Spanish pastime: a self-organized pub crawl of nearby establishments — of which there are many — that serve such fare.
How to Get There
We stayed 4 nights at the Miro, waking up enjoying the view of the Guggenheim museum, - and knowing that we had a three minute walk to one of the most exciting museums in the world. Hotel staff very helpful, room very nice - and we enjoyed the honor bar in the lobby. Breakfast ok, but unorganized - as we always had to ask the staff to refill different plates on the buffet,....
The location is amazing for the Guggenheim. Rooms are on the small side but well designed and comfortable.
I would have preferred a coffee maker and bathtub for the price.
We felt that the rates were expensive but not so much so that we would not recommend. The breakfast was a bit lacking... a buffet would have been preferable. We ordered off of the menu one day which was an extra charge and my Eggs Benedict was raw. Completely inedible and dangerous to eat. The restaurant service was great but raw eggs are not okay.
Affordable parking across the street and great staff.
I went for brunch for the second time with 4 friends last Sunday. Excelkent quality in the full menu: from the eggs to the Mimosa. Fresh local products from excellent quality. And they way you are treated!! The service really spoilt you! Plus the location almost in front of the Guggenheim. I strongly recommend it!
I had to be based in the hotel for work and the staff couldn't do enough to welcome me and all the VIP guests we'd booked in. The attention to detail, going over and above as well as the delicious breakfasts and comfortable beds make this a favorite place to stay. The location is superb and you are in walking distance to all the major sites, enjoy the old town and local delights. If you want to be made to feel special and get a real taste of the hospitality of the region, look no further.
Lovely hotel in a great location. Out door art within walking distance as is the Guggenheim museum. STaff are outstanding and the location provides immediate access to indoor and outdoor art. We walked to old town and back although transportation is available Breakfast is great and rooms have great views and r comfortable.