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Hotel Zabalburu Bilbao Hotel 2 star
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Pedro Martinez Artola 8 48012 Bilbao Bilbao, Spain -
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This small hostel-style hotel is located a little outside of the main tourist area of Bilbao, but still within the city itself. The hotel calls itself a 'photography boutique hotel', and whilst guests shouldn't expect luxury facilities or particularly beautiful rooms, this small hotel is good value for money for young travellers booking a short stay in Bilbao. The service is friendly and efficient and the reception staff speaks fluent English.

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      Zabalburu Hotel Bilbao   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Zabalburu Bilbao

      Zabalburu Hotel Bilbao   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.77 /10

    The area surrounding the hotel can seem a little run down at times but it is safe and still relatively close to the city centre. A little lacking in local attractions, Zabalburu does have a nice church nearby worth visiting named Iglesia San Francisco de Asis. Alternatively, the old town is roughly 20 minutes away on foot and the cultural 'must-sees' such as the Guggenheim and the Fine Arts Museum are on the other side of town but can be reached with a 30 minute walk. Bilbao airport is 8.3 miles away and is accessible by taxi or by bus leaving from the centre of town.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The 38 rooms of Hotel Zabalburu have all been allocated a different important building or monument of Bilbao such as the Teatro Arriaga or the Fine Arts Museum. All these photographs were taken by professional photographers and there is therefore a high quality copy on the door and a blown-up version covering one of the walls of the room - usually behind the bed. There are different options available to guests, including single, double, twin and triple rooms. All rooms are fitted with a small flatscreen television and a telephone able to make direct international calls. Simple decoration makes the photograph the focal point of the room, with white bedspreads (this bedspread was rather thin and guests may want to ask in advance for a quilt if staying in winter), grey carpets and basic wooden furniture. A security deposit box is available for use at reception. En suite bathrooms are simple but functional, with a shower/bath combination, toilet and small sink and basic hospitality products.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    The hotel's facilities are minimal, with simply a cafeteria style breakfast room and a lounge area just in front of reception. The rest of the three floors of the hotel are taken up by 38 rooms, giving a total capacity of 71. The general feel of Zabalburu is very laid back and we could easily imagine young travellers making many friends here during the busy summer months. Some of the fixtures and fittings could do with a few renovations, such as the staircase, which had a large stain on it when we visited. Otherwise, the hotel is in relatively good shape and has a fairly modern design throughout.

    Food and drink 6.45 /10

    The hotel has a small cafeteria style breakfast room which seats around 20 people. Breakfast is nothing exceptional with simply prepackaged croissants and pastries and a few cereal options. However, the simplicity is reflected in the price - only €4.50 for breakfast which is good value for Bilbao. However, this can easily be beaten if you have breakfast outside of the hotel and find a local café or bakery. The hotel offers the option for guests to book full or half board, but these meals are not served in the hotel, rather in a restaurant nearby which the hotel has an agreement with.

    To know

    Zabalburu's most recent renovation was in 2010 and the management chose to opt for a photography theme throughout the hotel. As such, all rooms have a large photo of a famous monument or place in Bilbao adorning the walls. Certain rooms are assigned as 'smoking rooms' and so make sure you specify that you don't want to stay in one of these if you are a non-smoker.

    Equipment

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

      Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      mountain bike, fitness

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

    advantage

    • A fairly cheap option for a short stay in Bilbao
    • Great for young travellers hoping to meet other people
    • Friendly and efficient service

    disadvantages

    • Some rooms need small renovations due to chips in woodwork and paint
    • Very basic breakfast
    • No minibar in rooms and only a small television
    • Not in the centre of town

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