Spent 2 nights at the Gran Hotel Puente ...arrived by car via the ferry... not so grand these days and looks that it suffers from Spanish austerity..lack of staff and lack of upkeep, its a shame as it has good potential...
We visited in October mid week 3 nights partly because it was a bargain price and partly to see the Getxo part of Bilbao - it was an interesting 30min watefront walk to the Bizkaia transporter bridge. We used the metro to get in to central Bilbao which was very cheap (using the Barik card) but the 10 minute walk to the station is rather bizarre and memorable involving three graffitti swathed underpasses. However it seemed a very nice quiet neighbourhood with lots of joggers and dog walkers in the park across the road so not scary. The room was spotless and with the windows closed there was no sound from the traffic on the busy road outside. The air conditioning was very good. There is only a dining room offering a 3 course set menu with 3 choices for 16.50euros which includes a bottle of wine and water per table which is quite reasonable but not always what you want. I enjoyed my fish dish but my husband hated his chicken which was like a cardboard biscuit. We did not try the breakfast. There is no bar or any way to just get coffee. The minibar charged 3.65 for a kitkat! We did not find any cafes or bars that we liked around the hotel and it takes about 30 minutes to get in to the centre on the metro but if you are interested in exploring the Getxo part of Bilbao I would recommend this hotel.
Traveller from Bath
Supremely located at just a 15-minute drive from Bilbao City centre and 15 minutes on foot from the beach, the NH La …More
Bilbao Bay is a residential and industrial area near the mouth of the Nervion River, stretching north along the bay to the municipality of Getxo and south to Santurtzi and Zierbena. The area encompasses the Port of Bilbao, and the city of Bilbao is 18 kilometres inland along the river. There are 3 beaches and a marina along the northern shore of the bay and a golf club at the cape.
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