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
This is a very small business hotel with basic amenities such a Holiday Inn or similar. I did not try meals on premise so I cannot comment on that.
Check-in and ckeck-out was fast, location was great for my purpose and just everything else was what you would expect from a standard business hotel.
Just finishing our stay @ Hotel Miro.
From the time we arrived the staff have been welcoming, helpful & very accommodating.
Room 52 probably has the best view of the Guggeheim as it has a corner window.
Toiletries are Moulton Brown
Love the honour bar.
Location is great
Our first touch with Hotel Miro was the prearrival personalized email from the head concierge asking if there were any special requests we had, or needs, and if we had transportation from the airport! I emailed back expecting it was an automated email... if it was their response time to my reply was outstanding! Staff spoke English well which was a bonus! Because of flight delays we arrived late and they were waiting for us, check in was quick and we were escorted to the elevator and within minutes our beautiful, clean, museum/city facing room! They have been cordial and attentive, and recommended the best local restaurants. We rented bikes they have available(cheap) and enjoyed the riverfront, before the rain came umbrellas were there for us! Wonderful location, wonderful overall stay, we’ll be back!
Totally impressed with this hotel! The staff was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and just downright nice. Everyone we spoke with listened to our questions and needs, then totally delivered. The room was comfortable, and the location is great.
Wanting to rebook already! Hotel Miro was an exceptional experience from fantastic, helpful, knowledgeable staff at an optimal location to in Bilbao. The hotel itself was very nice, comfortable, clean with everything you need and want.