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Hotel Silken Indautxu Hotel 4 star
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PLAZA DEL BOMBERO ETXANIZ S/N Bilbao, Spain -
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One of the Silken chain's many hotels in the Basque Country, Indautxu caters primarily for business clients, as is clear from the 11 meeting rooms situated around the hotel. Nevertheless, Indautxu is equally welcoming to families and couples simply in Bilbao for a holiday or short break. Simple, clean, crisp and contemporary décor characterises the hotel, with beautiful polished cream flooring and spot lighting in the lobby, reception and bar.

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    Location 6.09 /10

    Located slightly outside of the main hustle and bustle of central Bilbao, Indautxu is perhaps not the best choice for those wanting to be right in the heart of the action, yet a quick 15 minute walk will get you to Plaza Moyúa - the centre of ?new Bilbao'. From here, both the old town and the main cultural attractions including museums and theatres are accessible on foot or with short bus rides. The area around the hotel is nothing special but is at least calm and quiet at night. Bilbao Airport is 8.6 miles away and can be reached by bus or by taxi.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    All rooms have a similar colour and decoration scheme, with the predominant colours being dark blue, white and pale brown wooden furniture. This contemporary décor has been well maintained since the last major renovation in 2007 and all rooms are clean and airy with a soothing feel. Standard features include a king sized bed, a minibar, a large television with a wide range of channels and a safe. 110 of the 182 rooms have an exterior view and guests have a choice between Basic, Comfort, Family, Classic, Silken Club, or Junior Suite rooms. The Junior Suite - as it is so large - loses a little of the warmth that the other rooms have, and it feels as if there is not quite enough furniture to fill the larger space. Bathrooms are bright and luminous with a white marble tiling effect, two sinks and a shower/bath combination. Splashing out on a Junior Suite will buy you a much more powerful showerhead, bathrobes and slippers, and extra hospitality products.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    Walking into the lobby, Indautxu instantly impresses with its spotless and shiny cream flooring and sweeping wooden reception desk. Here several members of staff are ready with Wi-Fi codes and luggage trollies to welcome guests to the hotel. A quick tour of the bar reveals a nice cocktail list, a long oak bar with several bar stools, a few black leather sofas with coffee tables and a nice outdoor terrace area to be enjoyed in summer. The hotel also has a restaurant and breakfast room and although there is no gym, Indautxu has a contract with a local fitness centre which can be used by hotel guests at a discounted price.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Indautxu has a large lobby area just behind the reception desk with plenty of seating, comfy sofas, bar stools and an outdoor terrace. The décor here is classic and elegant yet not pretentious. As well as a wide range of drinks, the bar serves pastries and pinxtos - the famous Basque take on tapas. To the other side of the lobby is the Etxaniz Restaurant which does both lunch and dinner services between the hours of 1:30-3:30pm and 8.30-11.30pm. The food on offer ranges from à la carte to a set menu for around 20 euros, with a wine list composed mainly of Spanish wines, with a few international favourites in there too.

    To know

    Observing the hotel from the outside, it has a rather curious design feature. At the front, right on the square (Plaza Bombero Etxaniz) is a four story white house in the old Basque style. Behind this house, yet still attached to it, is a multistory building with large dark glass windows a little like an urban greenhouse. The white house is in fact part of the hotel and was formerly the maternity wing of the hospital that was here before Indautxu was built. As such, many Bilbao residents were born in what is now one of the Junior Suites!

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Clean and airy rooms
    • Several places to eat and drink

    disadvantages

    • Gym not located in the hotel
    • Hotel situated outside of town centre
    • Rooms a little lacking in character

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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