Best Hotels in Bilbao for Families — Best Family Hotels in Bilbao Spain

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The best hotels in Bilbao Spain are great for kids, for couples and for solo travelers. In fact, Bilbao is an amazing city t explore no matter what kind of traveler you are. Here in the heart of Spain’s Basque Country, you’ll find amazing food, a unique culture, and one of the most impressive museums in Europe. Staying at one of the best hotels in Bilbao Spain will make a great trip even better. Here are the best Bilbao hotels near Guggenheim, near the airport & in Bilbao’s old downtown.

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The Best Hotels in Bilbao Spain

Any visit to Northern Spain should include some time in Bilbao. The largest city in the Basque country, Bilbao is a beautiful and unique city that fun to explore with kids or on your own. There is amazing art, incredible food, and a lovely, walkable city with charming towns and other activities worthy of a day trip or three. There are also some great places to stay in Bilbao, and this post highlights some that we recommend. In addition to using this list of the best hotels in Bilbao Spain, make sure to check out our post on things to do in Bilbao and all of our posts on Northern Spain with kids.

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Northern Spain is great for family travel, so here is our list of some of the best family hotels in Bilbao, Spain. Bilbao is a fantastic city to explore with kids, so look through this list of the best hotels in Bilbao for families, and please share! Bilbao Spain | Bilbao Food | Bilbao Things to Do | Spain travel | Spain Family Travel | Spain architecture | Spain Art | Spain Museums | Basque Country Travel | Spain Hotels | Bilbao Hotels

Looking for how to make your trip to Bilbao Spain the best it can be? Here are a few tips from me to you.

  • Check out our post on the best things to do in Bilbao with kids
  • Best weather in Bilbao is from late June to late September, although it can be cloudy and overcast even during the summer.
  • The Basque Country has some of the best tapas in the world. They’re called pintxos and are usually small slices of bread with various toppings. THEY. ARE. DELICIOUS. Tapas/pintxo bars are all over. It’s fun to go with kids, order a few, eat and then hit the next place.
  • If you’re driving, make sure that your hotel includes parking. Some hotel parking is removed rom the Bilbao hotel itself and may require special instructions to get access to. Make sure you get directions/instructions beforehand.
  • That said, Bilbao is a very walkable city, and public transportation runs well.
  • While you’re in the area, consider visiting San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and the Oma Painted Forest
  • Very few hotels in Bilbao have pools. In fact, out of all the best hotels in Bilbao Spain listed below, I think one of them has a pool. It’s just too cold and rainy in the winter, I guess.

Best Hotels in Bilbao

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I’ve divided this list of Bilbao hotels into three categories: Bilbao hotels near Guggenheim, Bilbao hotels in Casco Viejo, and Bilbao hotels near airport.

To explain: Bilbao hotels near Guggenheim are all places that are within a five to 15-minute walk to the world-famous Guggenheim Museum. The second category are all hotels in Casco Viejo, which is Bilbao’s “old downtown,” and a great place for dining and wandering narrow cobblestone streets. The final category, Bilbao hotels near airport, should be self-explanatory.

That said, some of the best Bilbao hotels near the airport are much more than a simple place to sleep before a flight. More on that later.

Best Bilbao Hotels Near Guggenheim Museum

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As this is one of the city’s main attractions, many people search for Bilbao hotels near Guggenheim museum. This also puts you in the heart of the Abando district, with its grand buildings and that stretch from the Guggenheim in the north to the regal train station (wit stained glass) in the south. Here are a few of the best Bilbao hotels near Guggenheim and the other landmarks of the Abando district.

Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

If you’re looking for the best luxury hotel in Bilbao Spain, then look no further. Rooms here overlook the Guggenheim, and the hotel design complements its neighbor in ways few modern structures can. Beautiful rooftop deck overlooking the city for some of the best views of the museum in the city, and of course the kind of service you expect from a five-star hotel in Bilbao.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Steps from the Guggenheim. In the heart of Bilbao.
  • Room Details: One kid under two stays free in a cot/crib. One kids under twelve sleeps free in existing bedding.

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Barceló Bilbao Nervión

Close to everything, and many rooms have exceptional views of the riverside, making it one of the best hotels in Bilbao near the Guggenheim and the old town. Connecting rooms are useful for families and groups, as well. That said, amenities like parking and bottled water are criminally overpriced in my opinion.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 250 meters to the Calatrava Bridge. A 10-minute walk to the Guggenheim Museum. 5 minutes from main shopping and restaurant area
  • Room Details: lots of rooms with 2 double beds, family rooms, connecting rooms
  • Other info: bike rental available

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Hotel Meliá Bilbao

Sleek and modern, Hotel Meliá Bilbao is quite possibly the best family hotel in Bilbao for foodies. With a Michelin star under its belt since 2014, Meliá Bilbao has the award-winning Aizian Restaurant as well as Quatre, which serves Basque cuisine. Breakfasts here also great. Easily one of the best Bilbao hotels neat Guggenheil (a beautiful 10-minutes walk), but about a 30-minute walk from Casco Viejo.

  • Pool: Yes (heated outdoor)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 10-min walk to Guggenheim Museum. 5-minute walk to Bellas Artes Museum
  • Room Details: Multiple bed configurations. Kids under 12 stay free with exciting bedding, *but* maximum # of kids allowed depends on the room.
  • Other info: Pets allowed.

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Sercotel Coliseo

Built inside the city’s former opera house, the Sercotel Coliseo is easily one of the most beautiful hotels in Bilbao Spain. For one, it has one of the widest varieties of room combinations I’ve seen in family hotels in Bilbao. Rental bikes available too.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 5-minute walk from Abando Metro Station and Bilbao Train Station. About 1 km from The Guggenheim Museum
  • Room Details: Too many single/double/sofabed combinations to list here. One kid under two stays free in a cot/crib. Maximum extra beds/cots per room: 1.

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Hotel Conde Duque Bilbao

The Hotel Conde Duque Bilbao makes our list of best Bilbao hotels near Guggenheim thanks to its location next to the pedestrian bridge and the river. We love walking by this river and it puts you equidistant from the Museums and the Old Town (about 10 minutes each way).

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Next to the Calatrava Bridge, & 750 meters from the Guggenheim Museum. 10-minute walk to pinxto area
  • Room Details: 3 singles or 2 single and a sofa bed, family rooms

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Hotel Ercilla López de Haro

Out of all the best hotels in Bilbao, Ercilla López de Haro may have some of the largest family rooms near the Guggenheim. Whether this is a 5 star Bilbao hotel or not is up for debate: the staff are accommodating but the rooms and halls are showing some wear. That said, the location is hard to beat: between the museums and the old town with lots of tapas bars nearby.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: The Guggenheim is 500 meters. A 15-minute walk from Bilbao Old Town. Uribitarte Tram Station is just 350 m away, while Abando Metro Station is within 200 m.
  • Room Details: Deluxe family rooms have 2 doubles and a sofa bed

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Cosmov Bilbao Hotel

This cozy little Bilbao Hotel has small, clean and modern rooms in the heart of the city. It’s close to lots of restaurants and a very short walk to the Guggenheim. There’s a bus stop directly in front of the hotel, that makes it convenient going to or from the airport.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 5 minutes on food from the Puppy Statue in front of the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Room Details: One kid under six sleeps free of charge in existing bedding. All kids under two sleep free in cots/cribs.

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Best Bilbao Hotels in Casco Viejo

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The Casco Viejo neighborhood is the oldest part of the city and arguably its most photogenic. Stately buildings and lovely plazas are connected by scenic small streets and alleyways that you can (quite literally) get lost in for hours. This is the heart of Bilbao but culturally and gastronomically: come here to eat tapas to your heart’s content!

Pensión Arriaga

Out of all the best family hotels in Bilbao, this is in one of the best locations. Pension Arriaga is six minutes from the Mercado de la Ribera and less than 20 minutes from many of the other great things to do in Bilbao. If you don’t feel like walking, the tram station is a few minutes away. That said if you’re driving keep in mind that the parking is several blocks away.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 150 m from Bilbao Cathedral. 2-minute walk to shops and restaurants. Less than 200 meters to Arriaga Tram Station which goes directly to the Guggenheim Museum (or just walk 20 minutes)
  • Room Details: One kid under two stays free using existing bedding or in a cot/crib. No room for extra beds. Maximum cots/cribs per room: 1.

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Hotel Casual Gurea

Another great family hotel in Bilbao near the Mercado de la Ribera, and some of the highest-praised staff in the city. Most rooms are small but have extra amenities like blackout curtains. That said, the hotel is near a nightlife area so some rooms get sound on the weekend.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 50 m from the Cathedral and 250 m from Abando Train Station. 20-minute walk to Guggenheim Museum. The nearest tram in 120 meters.
  • Room Details: Some rooms have 3 single beds. Others 2 doubles.
  • Other info: Bike rental & free luggage storage. Some pets allowed for no extra charge.

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Pensión Boutique Caravan Cinema

Like the name suggests, the rooms here often follow a cinematic theme. Rooms are named after people like Hitchcock, Eastwood, and Coppola. The Caravan Cinema makes our list of best family hotels in Bilbao partly due to this. In addition, it’s in a central location with well-regarded staff.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 200 meters from Catedral de Santiago & 500 meters from Etxebarría Park. 25-min walk to Guggenheim.
  • Room Details: Rooms come with 2 singles or 1 double. One kid under 6 stays free using existing bedding. Additional kids/adults cost EUR 25/night for extra beds. Max # of extra beds: 1.

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Basque Boutique

Another great downtown location. The Basque Boutique joins the best family accommodation list thanks to stylish interiors and a spot in the heart of Bilbao’s lively downtown. Spots like this come at a price, though: noise from the nearby pinto bars may last later than you want.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 150 m from Santiago Cathedral. 10 minutes on foot from Bilbao Abando Train Station. Buses to Bilbao Airport leave from nearby (20 minutes).
  • Room Details: 2 singles/1 double. Also 1 single/1 double. One kid under 3 stays free using existing bedding.

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Blue Bilbao

Located five minutes from the Mercado Ribera, the Blue Bilbao B&B makes our list of best family hotels in Bilbao thanks to great family rooms and good service. Try to get a room with a balcony if your kids are old enough.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 300 m from Casco Viejo Metro Station, 25-min walk to Guggenheim Museum
  • Room Details: 3 singles & 1 double. Another option has 1 single and 1 double

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Casual Serantes

The charming and clean little pension makes our list of best family hotels in Bilbao for families because of its price and location. That said, keep in mind that with the great location you may get some noise from the street. Stairs only

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 50 m from Santiago Cathedral
  • Room Details: 2 singles & 1 double

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Quartier Bilbao Hostel

This isn’t one of the best hotels in Bilbao. Instead, it’s a hostel for those of you on a budget. Like most hostels, it’s bunk beds and rental towels, but it’s smack in the middle of downtown and close to lots of eating options.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes but spot
  • Location: 100 m from Santiago de Bilbao Cathedral. 50 m from the Ribera Market. Plaza Nueva is 120 m from Quartier Bilbao Hostel, while El Arenal Park is 500 m away. One street from the main pintxos street.
  • Room Details: Some rooms have 2 single beds. 4-bunk rooms also available.

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Bilbao Hotels Near the Airport

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And for our final category, I’ll list up a few of the best Bilbao hotels near the airport. Most people who visit Bilbao arrive by car or train, but if you’re catching a flight from here, then perhaps a few of the best Bilbao hotels near airport are good to know. A few of these are straight-up airport hotels. Their only function is for sleep before or after a flight. But there are a few Bilbao hotels near the airport that are worth a trip in their own right.

Holiday Inn Express Bilbao

If proximity is your first concern, then this is the best of the Bilbao hotels near the airport. The rooms are showing wear, but breakfast is decent and starts at 5am for those flying out early. Free shuttle to the airport every 15 minutes.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 5 minutes by car from Bilbao Airport
  • Room Details: Family rooms have a double and a sofa bed.

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Hotel Aretxarte

This is one of the best Bilbao hotels near the airport, but it’s more than an airport hotel. Despite being 10-15 minutes away from Departures desks, Hotel Aretxarte feels like it’s in the countryside, with rooms considerably larger than you’d find in the city. You’ll need to rely on a car, taxi or bus to get you the 15-30 minutes into town, though. The pintos here are generous and reasonably priced.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location:
  • Room Details: One kid under two sleeps free in existing bedding. One kid under two sleeps free in a cot/crib.

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Agroturismo Iabiti-Aurrekoa

Another great Bilbao hotel near the airport that that’s not your normal airport hotel. This is a 19th-century farmhouse and a real working farm. Sure, it has wifi and you can hear planes landing, but it would be easy to feel like you’re in another place and time. If you’re driving here, keep in mind that navigation apps have difficulty finding it.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 10 minutes from Airport & 15 minutes from Bilbao city (by car). About half an hour to Bilbao city by train.
  • Room Details: All kids under two stay free in cots/cribs.

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Do You Know Where to Stay in Bilbao with Kids?

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What did you do? Where did you stay? Have you stayed in one of the best family hotels in Bilbao? We’d love to add more great hotels in Bilbao to this list, so get in touch and tell us where’s good!

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