This grand hotel in the classic Basque style is all about service and luxury. Situated on Plaza Moyúa - right in the centre of town - the hotel's original façade stands tall and proud amongst other classical buildings such as the Palacio de Chavarri, which is now a governmental building. Elegant archways, sparkling chandeliers, and grand winding staircases characterise this hotel, which is often the top choice for politicians or celebrities when staying the Bilbao for events such as the BBK music festival. When this is not the case however, Carlton welcomes a whole range of guests, from tourists to couples on a romantic break, to families. In contrast to some of the more recent 'design' hotels on the riverside, Hotel Carlton can offer guests a real taste of 'old Bilbao', with certain original features dating back to 1926 when the hotel was first opened.