Art-lovers rejoice in the city of wow-factor museums! Not only has architecture changed Bilbao’s destiny, with the creation of the Guggenheim’s titanium-clad blossom, it has inspired a surge in artistic gravity throughout Spain. Conveniently located near the "Googen", the four-star Hesperia Zubialde takes full advantage of its awe-inspiring setting – boasting panoramic views from its vast sun terrace.
Discover a rapidly expanding urban city, through the Hesperia Zubialde, which stands opposite San Mamés stadium, 100 yards from a tram stop. You may find that your stop seems rather "fishy", as the town has been marked by its Fosteritos, the metro stops designed to look like giant shrimp!
Bilbao may be a 21st-century metropolis but it certainly hasn’t thrown out the old. Immerse yourself in its prevalent Basque culture as you walk the Old Quarter, or switch it up with a trip to Indautxu, where Philippe Starck has converted a wine warehouse into a culture centre, the Azkuna Zentroa. It’s packed with performance venues, galleries, cinemas and a swimming pool with a transparent bottom. Once shabby, Plaza Indautxu now shines, car-free under trendy streetlights, and creatives are moving in.
Good to know: Hotel is situated on the river walk, within a 15-minute walk of San Mames Stadium and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Guggenheim Museum and Plaza Moyua are also within 1 mi (2 km).