Hotel Tryp Arenal Hotel 3 star
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Los Fueros 2 48005 Bilbao Bilbao, Spain -
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This little three star hotel right in the centre of Bilbao's old town is characterised by a distinctly Spanish décor theme, with patterned woodwork in the bedrooms, green marble tiling in the lobby, warm terracotta wallpaper, and peach and cream tiling in the bathrooms. Although not the best in the region for mod cons and design, Tryp has very friendly service and is one of the only hotels to be situated right in the old town (all the rest are pensions). As such, it mainly attracts guests simply wanting a prime location rather than top quality facilities. There is a nice atmosphere for families and groups of travellers here, whilst couples are equally welcome but they may miss those luxury touches that often make for a romantic getaway.

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      Tryp Arenal   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      Tryp Arenal   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.04 /10

    Hotel Tryp is located right in between the tourist attractions of Iglesia de San Nicolas and the Plaza Nueva - the latter being a beautiful place to enjoy a drink on a sunny Bilbao day (even in winter you will find people relaxing here when it isn't raining). Other than this, the area is famous for the abundance of typically Basque bars and restaurants where you can find the region's take on Spanish tapas - pinxtos. Bilbao Airport is 7.5 miles away and can be reached by taxi or by bus. Beware however, that navigation of the old town is a little difficult in a taxi due to all the small winding back street, so the best option is to walk to the Arriaga Theatre and catch a cab from there.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    Tryp Arenal's 40 rooms are categorised into single, double and twin rooms. Doubles and twins are for the most part light and airy with exterior views, yet the single rooms are slightly dingy and dull. Patterned wooden headboards and bedside tables contrast with cream coloured walls, framed paintings and dark carpets. All rooms have a small CD player with speakers, a television (not all of them are flatscreens, however) and a large wardrobe with coathangers. As with the public areas, certain rooms could do with a few minor retouches such as a new lick of paint or new skirting boards but they are nevertheless very clean, with pristine white bedsheets. Bathrooms have been kept simple with shower/bath combinations (showerheads are a little on the small side), a single sink with a large, well lit mirror, a hairdryer and L'Oréal hospitality products.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    In the lobby is a small reception desk usually manned by two very friendly members of staff, as well as a small 'business corner' which includes a computer for guests use and free printing services (very useful when you need to print out flight tickets at the last minute). Built in 1997, Hotel Tryp is starting to show its age a little and as such, the décor is at times slightly shabby. The last majo renovation was in 2007, yet due to the high volume of customers; the carpets in public areas - especially on the staircase - are extremely frayed and need replacing. On the ground floor, guests will find a restaurant and bar which serves basic snacks throughout the day.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The hotel's bar and restaurant can be found on the ground floor leading off from reception. The Lapiko Restaurant serves local dishes and specialities at lunchtime during the week and adds an additional evening service over the weekend. Breakfast is also eaten in here, which is a typical continental affair with the Basque addition of tortillas (the Basque Country is the only region of Spain that eats tortillas for breakfast). The Lapiko Cafeteria serves pinxtos and drinks throughout the day but the best way to sample local cuisine is really to leave the hotel and discover the bars and restaurants of Bilbao - especially since the majority of them are right on your doorstep when staying at this hotel.

    To know

    The hotel offers free Wi-Fi to all guests free of charge, as well as a small business corner in reception with free printing services. Two floors are designated smoking rooms, so be sure to specify that you don't want to stay in one of these when booking if you are a non-smoker. Some rooms have a nice view over the river, whilst all single rooms have an interior view - which admittedly is less picturesque but is very calm and quiet.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, keep fit, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      golf

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

    advantage

    • Friendly and efficient service
    • Prime location
    • Parking spaces available at a reduced rate in a nearby car park
    • Motorbikes available to rent

    disadvantages

    • Some areas of hotel in need of renovations
    • Limited facilities (no minibar, gym, spa)

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10
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