Hotel Carlton Bilbao – Review

The Carlton Bilbao is an elegant Hotel located in the heart of Bilbao in Federico Moyúa square in, a very emblematic area of the city.

The hotel features a full gym and luxuriously decorated rooms.


The rooms at the Carlton Hotel are classicly designed with contemporary decoration. All rooms are very spacious. They are all decorated in an elegant way. Some people may consider the decoration old, but most travellers will find it kind of timeless. Having said this, some rooms have been renovated and some modern design touches have been added. 

All rooms boast large windows and the atmosphere is very bright and contributes to a relaxing stay. 

Rooms feature air conditioning, a private bathroom, and a flat-screen TV.

All rooms are separated from the corridor with 2 doors. The bathrooms are spacious and decorated with noble materials. 

Suite rooms are large and some of them can be used as family rooms. 


The Carlon offers a small business center with computers and a free internet connection, as well as printing services and a complimentary mini-bar. There is free WIFI available in the whole Hotel.

The hotel offers a gym with modern equipment and a steam room.

The grand restaurant  is one of the highlights of the hotel. It serves a quality truly basque menu with a variety of classic Basque dishes as well as classic international cuisine. The menu changes daily from Monday to Friday.

The buffet breakfast is one of the best in Bilbao with a fantastic selection and quality of products. 

Another interesting feature at the hotel is its parking (Bilbao is a very complex city to park in) There are limited spaces though. 


The Carlton Hotel is located next to the Gran Via of Bilbao, less than 10 minutes walking from the Guggenheim Museum. The Moyúa metro station is very near the hotel as well and allows visitors to travel easily within the city. The bus from the airport also drops off near the hotel.

This is the 5-star hotel in Bilbao at a more central location, equally close to the train station, the old quarter, and the Guggenheim museum.

Overall Review

The Carlton Bilbao is a perfect hotel for travellers that enjoy historical buildings and hotels with certain character at a great central location. This was the first hotel in Europe to provide en-suite bathrooms in all rooms when it was opened in the 1920s (a lot has changed since then!) and it was one of Spain´s first luxury hotels. 

From the moment you enter the impressive and elegant lobby you get a clear feeling of the sort of hotel you will enjoy. 

We love its restaurant, its American style bar, the size of the rooms and the gym area with steam room. 

The Carlton may not be a good choice for you if you prefer modern hotels. There are for sure other better options in Bilbao that will suit your needs. You can have a look at the best hotels in Bilbao in this guide. 

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Other luxury hotels with central location in Bilbao

Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque country and lots of businesses are located here. This, along with the recent development of cultural and gastronomic tourism, has contributed to the development of a good number of luxury hotels like the Carlton Bilbao. In case the style of the Carlton is not what you look for, we propose below four alternatives that are also luxury hotels and with great locations in Bilbao. 

Ercilla López de Haro 5 stars

Ercilla López de Haro – Luxurious 5 star hotel in the heart of Bilbao

Why we recommend hotel Ercilla López de Haro? This boutique hotel features a traditional Basque restaurant, an exclusive VIP area, and elegant rooms with flat-screen satellite TV. The Guggenheim Museum is just 500 meters from the establishment. The hotel is housed within a restored historical building in the center of

Q What to do in Bilbao near Hotel Carlton

The Hotel Carlton is located in the center of Bilbao and is located near the Gran Via of Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum, Parque de Doña Casilda

Q What is the check-in and check-out time at Hotel Carlton

Check-in After 15:00 and check-out After 15:00

Q Where to eat near Hotel Carlton

Zarate de Sergio Ortiz
Lar- Bilbao

Q Other places to stay near Hotel Carlton

Ercilla Hotel
Ercilla López de Haro
Sercotel Coliseo
Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
Hotel Abando
Hotel Silken Indautxu
Hotel Mercure Jardin
Vincci Consulado de Bilbao

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