Opened in 2002 across from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, this hotel is itself a dramatic architectural statement. The mirrored façade reflects the museum as well as older neighboring buildings. In the main hall is the reception desk and a lipstick-red sofa shaped like the infinity symbol. The hall leads to a glass-domed atrium dominated by Javier Mariscal’s 26-meter (85-foot) sculpture, Cypress Fossil, comprising tons of stones enveloped in mesh.
Bilbao, Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
Amenity highlights: Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao was featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2003 Hot List of extraordinary new hotels. Everything—from staff uniforms to restaurants and rooms—was designed or selected by artist Javier Mariscal. The Bauhaus-style Café Metropol, dressed in black, white, and stainless steel, has glass walls overlooking the street. Beltz the Black offers gourmet dining in a minimalist-chic room. The hotel’s rooftop Buenavistas Terrace, furnished with lounge chairs, offers views of the museum and the city beyond.
Insider tip: Javier Mariscal also created the logo for the 1992 Summer Olympics, held in Barcelona.
Alameda De Mazariedo, 61
Spain & Canary Islands
Nearest major airport:
Bilbao, Spain (BIO-Sondica)
Buenavistas Terrace – This light-filled room on the top floor has a glass roof, outdoor seating, and views of the Guggenheim. Buffet breakfast.
Café Metropol – An homage to the Bauhaus era, this café is decorated in black and white, with marble floors and silver-and-black-leather stools and chairs. Glass walls face the esplanade and the giant Puppy sculpture outside the museum. The café serves Basque and international cuisine, along with coffee and snacks
Beltz the Black – The style of this restaurant is minimalist, with a touch of Japanese influence. Light-wood floors complement black-wood tables and chairs and black-and-white plates by Villeroy & Boch. One wall is glass, another is slate. Open for dinner, the restaurant spotlights Basque and international cuisine. A tasting menu is also available.
Splash & Crash – This cocktail lounge has an unmistakable 1960s theme, with white-plastic chairs and stools with red cushions, slanting white columns with white benches, and armchairs in black-and-white leather. The silver floor and bar are inspired by the Guggenheim’s titanium surface. Large Pop Art paintings by Mariscal add an additional splash of pizzazz.
Convention center nearby
Full-service health spa nearby
In city center
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – across the street
Museo de Bellas Artes – 0.5 km (0.25 mile)
San Mamés Stadium – 1 km (0.5 mile)
Casco Viejo (Old Town) – 1 kim (0.5 mile)
Arriaga Theater – 1 km (0.5 mile)
Santiago Cathedral – 1 km (0.5 mile)
Plaza Nueva – 1 km (0.5 mile)
Archaeological Museum – 1 km (0.5 mile)
Portugalete – 8 km (5 miles)
Beach – 10 km (6 miles)
Bilbao Airport (BIO): Approximate driving time is 20 minutes and distance is 10 km (6 miles).
Buses (Bizcaybus) and taxis are available for transfer from the airport to the center of Bilbao.
A new tram system, buses, and local trains connect the hotel with the rest of Bilbao within 20 minutes. Hotel staff can order taxis on request.
Tax of 7% is not included in the price but will be added at the time of payment.
Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
There are no room charges for children 10 and younger who occupy the same room as their parents or guardians.
Rollaways and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests made via this Web site cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.
Check-in time is Noon
Check-out time is Noon
Dining options include Beltz the Black, serving creative Basque fare; the casual Café Metropole; and the red-and-white Splash & Crash.
The Txoko Tranquilo Corner, a reading room, is a quiet sanctuary with curved beech-wood wall, fireplace, and a selection of books and magazines about design and architecture.
Guests can also get away from it all on the rooftop terrace.
Located by the reading room, the business center has a computer with high-speed Internet access (surcharge) and printer.
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Complimentary newspapers in lobby
Coffee shop or café
24-hour front desk
Air-conditioned public areas
Room service (24 hours)
Restaurant(s) in hotel
Limo or Town Car service available
Meeting rooms (small groups)
Cell phone/mobile rental
Internet access in public areas – surcharge
Internet access in public areas – wireless
Safe-deposit box – front desk
Medical assistance available
Babysitting or child care
Dry cleaning service
Internet access – wireless
Internet access – surcharge
Extra towels/bedding in room
Iron/ironing board (on request)
Cribs (infant beds) available
Premium TV channel(s)
Separate sitting area
In-room safe (accommodates laptop)
This five-story hotel has 145 air-conditioned guestrooms, most with views of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao or the hotel’s atrium. The color scheme is yellow, cream, green, blue, or red—a different color for each floor. Rooms are outfitted with lamps and chairs by Mariscal, Egyptian cotton sheets, wool/cashmere bed coverings, rich carpeting, and doors fashioned of cherry-wood and beech. Other features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), TVs on rotating stands, and laptop-sized safes. Bathrooms designed by Philippe Starck have two bowl-like sinks, heated towel racks, telephones, bathrobes, and separate sections for toilets and bidets.