Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao is best-known for one thing: the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim, sitting like a giant, deconstructed fish on the banks of the River Nervión. Right next door is this stylish hotel, with grand-scale lobby artworks that are almost as impressive as the work on display in the museum's galleries. Rooms are sizeable and polished-looking, some featuring bathtubs designed by Philippe Starck, while facilities include a chic gym and a Japanese-style spa. If this all sounds rather painfully cool, fear not - staff are friendly and accommodating, providing an equally warm welcome to younger guests. All are welcome on Gran Domine's panoramic terrace, a delightful spot both for breakfast or a sundowner before a pintxo-crawl in the old town.
Your expert reviewer
This otherwise sleepy part of Bilbao is enlivened by the Guggenheim Museum's star quality, drawing a slew of street performers as well as various upmarket cafés, bars, restaurants and shops.
Visit the Guggenheim - directly opposite the hotel! Or jump on the metro to visit Plaza Nueva and the historic food market to try some traditional Bilbao delicacies.
By plane: direct flights from London to Bilbao take 2 hours. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Parking costs €25 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Design-conscious couples here on a city break will love Gran Domine's monochrome palette and stellar social spaces, but it's also surprisingly family-friendly. We loved the many diverse pieces on display by contemporary artist Javier Mariscal, the Terence Conran of Spain.
Service & Facilities
Even the gym has the hotel's signature view, making it an inspiring place to put in some treadmill time (there's also strength-training equipment).
- Fitness centre
- Wellness suite
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Deluxe Rooms with Guggenheim View have a wonderful aspect over the glimmering scales of Frank Gehry's masterpiece, as well as king size beds. From effective soundproofing to carefully-curated minibars, fluffy robes and slippers to super-smooth linens, comfort is a top priority.
Smart, Superior, Deluxe, Premier, Junior Suite, Deluxe Suite, Studio Suite, Premier Suite, Penthouse Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The rooftop terrace has a completely different atmosphere at night when the city lights are sparkling. The beautifully presented Domine Toast combines salmon, avocado, poached egg and pumpkin seeds, setting a high bar for a healthy breakfast.
Terrazza: rooftop terrace, breakfast and casual snacks. Open daily, 7-11am and 4-10pm.
Le Café: modern Spanish cuisine, all-day dining. Open daily, 11am-11:30pm.
Sixty-One: lobby bar, cocktails, wines and spirits. Open daily, 10pm-1am.
Rooms available from £132.95 per night
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