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Ibis Bilbao Centro 2.5

Bilbao, Vizcaya Province, Basque Country

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Pros

  • Excellent central location near dining and attractions
  • A 15-minute walk to Casco Viejo and the Guggenheim Museum
  • Clean, comfortable rooms with wood floors and flat-screen TVs
  • Trendy casual restaurant and bar with 24-hour service
  • Appealing, stylish lobby lounge and 24-hour front desk
  • Daily continental breakfast with fresh fruit (extra fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout property
  • Secure parking (extra fee)
  • Pet friendly (extra fee)

Cons

  • Limited extra property features
  • Extra fees for breakfast and parking
  • Room decor is simple and lacks character
  • Few in-room amenities (no mini-fridges or kettles)

Bottom Line

The 152-room Ibis Bilbao Centro is a clean, modern, functional budget hotel. Its trendy lobby makes a splashy first impression, with lounge spaces opening to a bar and restaurant offering a 24-hour snack menu. But there are few other on-site amenities. Rooms are clean but extremely simple with wood floors, compact bathrooms with shower stalls, and basic amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but no extras like coffeemakers or mini-fridges. On-site parking, pet stays, and breakfast all cost extra fees. The location is convenient, an easy walk to restaurants and shops, and a 15-minute walk from many of Bilbao's most famous sights, like Casco Viejo and the Guggenheim Museum. Travelers looking for an even cheaper stay might consider sharing a dorm at the nearby Bilbao Central Hostel. 

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Scene

Straightforward budget hotel with modern lobby and private rooms

The budget-friendly Ibis chain is known for its modern, clean, and straightforward accommodations accented with a few trendy flourishes, and this Bilbao outpost is no exception. The lobby, which extends into a restaurant and bar, is trendy and casual with big front windows and a few rustic-wood accents. Vivid pops of color -- mostly in bright red -- add some decorative oomph through freestanding columns, bench seating and couches, and stylish molded chairs. Guests bustle in and out of the lobby, relaxing in nooks or heading to the internet corner. The crowd here tends towards the young and budget-minded, with lots of couples along with some solo travelers and small families or friend groups.

Location

Central location near restaurants and shops, a 15-minute walk from Old Town

The hotel is centrally located in Bilbao in an area filled with restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Many of the cities popular attractions are about a 15-minute walk, including Old Town (Casco Viejo), the Guggenheim museum, the Museo de Bellas Arte, the Arriaga Theater, and Placio Euskalduna. The Moyua subway station is a seven-minute walk, and Bilbao Station is reachable in less than 10 minutes on foot. Bilbao Airport is about a 20-minute drive or takes a similar amount of time via the airport bus that leaves from Moyua Plaza. Secure parking is available on-site, but it costs an extra fee for every 24 hours of use.

Rooms

Simple, clean rooms with wood floors and en-suite bathrooms

Rooms at this Ibis are designed for function. They're simple, a bit characterless, but clean, comfortable, and bright. Blond wood floors, white walls, and wood laminate furnishings give a basic backdrop. Desks are merely wall-mounted overhangs with folding chairs and wardrobes consist of open shelving. Beds are topped with plain white linens. Modular bathrooms are contemporary with shower stalls and white-tiled walls. They may not be spacious, but they're adequate, especially by Euro-budget standards. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, hairdryers, and toiletries in dispensers. An upgraded room might add a child-sized bed or a sofa bed, and some connecting rooms are available.

Features

Casual restaurant and bar, but few other extras

The hotel has a modern restaurant and bar with a trendy, casual vibe. It serves decent food, including light meals and a 24-hour snack menu. The Ibis' daily continental breakfast (breads, pastries, cereal, fresh fruit, etc.) is available for an extra fee. The hotel has two meeting rooms, computers for guest use in the lobby, and free WI-Fi, though guests occasionally complain it's spotty. Pets are allowed for a reasonable extra nightly fee. The front desk is open 24 hours, and the hotel offers laundry service and secure parking for extra fees. 

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Address

C/ General Concha 28, Bilbao, Province of Vizcaya 48010, Spain

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