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Hotel Carlton - Luxury holidays to the Basque Country

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  • About this holiday

    The Hotel Carlton is a five star, luxury hotel in Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum. The grandiose architectural style, with ornate window frames, a domed glass roof, and a refined interior palette, captures both the hotel’s sense of indulgence and its opulent history. This hotel makes an ideal stop on a luxury tour of Northern Spain, or as part of a holiday in the Basque Country.

    The journey and how you get there

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways between London and Bilbao. Flights are also available from London and Manchester with Easyjet. Other flights and airports may be available at time of booking.


    Wifi in all areas. Late check-out, free daily press, and shoe cleaning with the Superior Rooms, Junior Suites, and Imperial Suite.

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways between London and Bilbao, with accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.

    Holiday prices

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled British Airways flights London to Bilbao, and bed and breakfast.
    Prices for 3 nights based on two people sharing a standard double room.
    From £840 per person.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

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    Our opinion

    The opulent five star Hotel Carlton is one of the best luxury city hotels in Bilbao, and captures the artistic heritage of such a cultural city.

    Hotel description

    The five star Hotel Carlton in Bilbao oozes French Second Empire Style, and it perfect for luxury holidays spent exploring cultural Northern Spain. Completed in 1926, its grandiose, ornate architectural style is characterised by flourished archways, staircases, balustrades, cornices, and symmetry, all of which add to the all-encompassing sense of luxury at this Spanish hotel. The iconic glass roof that crowns the building comes into its own when you enter the central hall, which is flooded with down-pouring light. The style of the hotel lends itself easily to both contemporary, chic design, and more traditional decoration, something which becomes clear in the eclectic, but highly comfortable, individual rooms. The building’s history as the seat of the Basque Government during the Spanish Civil War is evident throughout, in the interior staircases, elegant atmosphere, and its singular stained-glass window that remains from before the war. The feeling of regal importance and elegance that this history brings with it pervades each of the corridors and rooms. Artagan Restaurant, decorated in pleasing pastel colours reminiscent of its 1920s origin, serves a varied menu of hearty Basque and Biscay cuisine, including rice dishes, locally sourced lobster, and bean stew. The excellent positioning of this hotel puts you in the very heart of the city. Each day, you are at your leisure to explore the delights of Bilbao, from the world-famous Guggenheim Art Museum, the many charming plazas, the towering ornate palaces and basilicas, to the green parks and river. We would highly recommend stopping at this luxury five star hotel as part of a larger tour of Northern Spain, sampling the diverse and intriguing culture and history before moving on to coastal cities or further inland.


    Overlooking the Plaza de Don Federico Moyua, just a short walk from the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    8 miles

    Closest airport


    Room types

    The Hotel Carlton has 142 rooms and suites equipped with television, telephone, air-conditioning, and WiFi.
    Standard Room, for single or double use.
    Superior Room
    Junior Suite with adjoining lounge
    Imperial Suite, the largest suite in Northern Spain, with two double bedrooms, private terrace, Audiovisual room, reading room and library, Jacuzzi, fitness room, and dining room with kitchen, waiter, and chef services.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Salon La Cristalera, Gym, Steam room, Artagan Restaurant, Bar El Grill, La Terraza del Carlton with views across the Plaza Federico Moyua, Cocktail and coffee bar, Private garage, Laundry service.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Such an excellent location means that the world-famous Guggenheim is just a short walk away. For other examples of Spanish art, visit the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. The Plaza Nueva will offer a taste of modern Spanish life, with its weekly market, concert hall, and theatre. The fascinating Zubizuri Bridge offers a new perspective on the Nervion River, and the Dona Casilda Iturrizar Park offers an idyllic spot of greenery in the city centre. For an overview of the city’s architectural heritage visit the Basilica of Begona, the Church of Saint Anthony the Great, the Iberdrola Tower, and the Guggenheim once more. Nearby Mount Artxanda offers opportunities for golf and other sports.

    Sports nearby

    Walking, kayaking, golf on Mount Artxanda, and cycling.


    Minimum stays

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