Hotels in Bilbao

Search Bilbao Hotels

  • Pay now or later on most rooms
  • Free cancellation on most rooms
  • Price Guarantee

Best Bilbao Hotels

How to Find the Best Bilbao Hotels with Hotels.com

Once a gritty and industrial port city, Bilbao has steadily reinvented itself as a cultural metropolis of the Basque country. The Guggenheim museum has been the catalyst for the regeneration of this vibrant city, characterised by innovative new architecture and diverse new commercial ventures. The old town features atmospheric pintxo bars and the restaurants that have given the Basque region its global reputation as a centre of gastronomic brilliance. Bilbao is a fascinating destination for any traveller interested in Basque culture and history. Hotels.com has partnered with great Bilbao hotels across the city to offer a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

What's Bilbao Like?

Frank Gehry's iconic design for the Guggenheim Museum is the obvious starting point to get a flavour of revitalised Bilbao. The gleaming edifice is more striking than most of the contemporary art exhibitions it houses, but it's fun to see the latest floral topiary on the giant puppy sculpture outside. The playful theme continues on the nearby Pasarela Zubizuri bridge with its distinctive glass walkway. The Casco Viejo old town is an atmospheric and intriguing quarter. Guided tours of the area take in the imposing Gothic cathedral and elegant opera house, the Teatro Arriaga. A stylish Art Nouveau building houses the Bilbao market showcasing the fresh produce from the Basque farmlands. Sports fans can get a sense of local passions with a visit to San Mames, the football stadium that stages the home matches of Athletic Bilbao, a club that traditionally fields only Basque-born players. Bilbao hotels allow you to explore this fascinating city and its distinctive neighbourhoods.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Bilbao

Language can be something of a minefield in Bilbao. Many locals speak Basque in preference to Spanish and English isn't necessarily understood outside tourist areas. Using a few Spanish phrases is usually sufficient to get by in the centre of town. The Basque equivalent of tapas are pintxos, bread with elaborate and delicious toppings. The etiquette in most pintxo establishments is to help yourself while keeping the cocktail sticks on your plate to show how many you consumed when it comes to paying the bill. Basque cuisine is rightly revered throughout Spain and it's worth attempting to get a reservation in one of the high-end restaurants to witness the skill and innovation on display. Hotels.com offers a wealth of information to help you find the ideal Bilbao hotels. Certified guest reviews are highlighted with photos, sample room descriptions and informative maps so you can identify the Bilbao accommodation that best meets your needs.