I wasn’t sure what to expect of Bilbao, as it is often considered as an afterthought to San Sebastian, but I was pleasantly surprised… the city is easily walkable, full of neighbourhood bars and cafes and has a number of prolific museums and galleries. Most notable, of course, is the impressive Guggenheim which many tourists visit the city for alone. If you are visiting for this reason the best place to stay is Hotel Miro, a stylish design hotel located just across the road from the famous modern art museum.
Hotel Miro is quietly sophisticated with minimalist decor and striking design features. This inspiring hotel was created by designer Antonio Miro, and remains one of the few 4-star boutique hotels in town. Guests staying have access to the Miro bicycles and also are welcome to help themselves to tea and coffee in the lounge whenever they wish.
We were on the fifth floor in Room 52, a petite but well organised room. The bedroom was decorated in subtle shades of neutral white and beige with a touch of vibrant colour on the bed from the velvet red pillows. A large window let in plenty of daylight while also providing panoramic views of the amazing Guggenheim architecture.
The bathroom was small with a toilet, sink and powerful rain shower. Hotel Miro uses toiletries from luxury English brand Gilchrist & Soames, that smelt delicious and felt very nourishing for my hair.
In the morning we opted for the ‘Brown Bread Bag’ breakfast. This in-room service is a lovely touch and gave us the chance to relax in the room while enjoying the views with a delicious continental breakfast. The delivery included flaky mini pastries and freshly-baked bread, fruit salad, yoghurt & granola, coffee and fresh juice.
Despite the small room sizes, this chic hotel feels luxurious and homely. Within walking distance of the Guggenheim, the main shopping areas and the eclectic old town, it is the perfect place to rest your head during a short mini-break.
More information and book a stay at Hotel Miro here.