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Hotel Abando Hotel 4 star
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Hotel Abando is the sister hotel to the five star Hotel Carlton owned by the same chain just a 10 minute walk away. Whilst Carlton attracts a wide range of guests, Abando caters more to business clients. A large marble entranceway greets guests upon arrival, with staff on hand ready to take your luggage to your room. Although the decoration and facilities may not be quite as luxurious as Carlton, service is an equally high priority here and all rooms are immaculately clean. The décor varies a little from floor to floor, yet the majority of rooms have been decorated in a warm (if slightly dated) fashion.

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    Location 8.51 /10

    Located (as the name suggests) in the Abando district, the hotel is a five minute walk from the riverside and a further five minute walk over the Puente del Arenal will take you to the old town of Bilbao, which has all the typically Basque pinxto bars and restaurants (that's not to say that you won't find a good one elsewhere in town of course!). The 7.9 mile journey to the airport can be done either on a bus or in a taxi.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    As stated above, most of Abando's rooms look as if they may well have kept their furnishings and fittings from when the hotel was opened in 1991. Descried by the hotel as a classical style, certain double rooms have lacquered and multicolored wooden cupboards, orange textured wallpaper, flowery curtains and a grey carpet. Whilst this may not scream opulence and luxury, all rooms are very clean and airy and have a fresh aroma about them. If contemporary design is more your thing, don't hesitate to ask for a more modern room as they are all decorated slightly differently. Bathrooms are decorated in traditional Spanish style with beige and white tiles and a white marble effect, usually with a shower and bath combination. The Junior Suite will get you extra space in the form of a living room, as well as a king sized bed and personal ironing services.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    The impressive lobby welcomes guests with its highly polished marble floor encircled above by a sweeping upper gallery. Leading off to the left is a small seating area complete with a mixture of brown supple leather and red suede sofas and bookcases. The hotel has press links with several well-known Spanish and Basque artists and as such, it often hosts book signings for new releases. With 141 rooms in total, the hotel is admittedly large but manages to avoid feeling overcrowded or anonymous thanks to the multiple places to eat and drink, the well-staffed reception area and the layout of the spacious corridors.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The hotel has a good choice of places to grab a snack or a drink with its small bar area in the lobby, the Platea 9 cafeteria and the Epaia restaurant. In the lobby, guests can enjoy a drink or one of Bilbao's famous pinxtos whilst sampling the hotel's book collection - with certain books having been signed by their author. Alternatively, web addicts will also find a small business corner here. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria, which is also open throughout the day until midnight. The Epaia restaurant has a warm and cosy atmosphere with an à la carte menu and wine card. The restaurant is open for lunch everyday but only for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. Alternatively, 24 hour room service is available in all rooms.

    To know

    The Carlton and Abando hotels belong to the Aranzazu chain, which has four hotels in the Basque region - two in Bilbao, one in San Sebastián and one in the famous wine producing region of La Rioja. Abando has all the services expected by the modern traveller including 24 hour room service, laundry service and free Wi-Fi. Open since 1991, the hotel's last renovation was 2012 and despite a few questionable decoration choices, the rooms are all in great condition. Over 100 parking places are available for guests upon request at an extra charge.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, golf, mountain bike, fitness, sports

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Well located near the old town
    • Fitness centre
    • Great service

    disadvantages

    • Colour scheme in some rooms is a little dated and even garish at times
    • The bar area is a little small and could get crowded in high season

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