Hotel Occidental Bilbao – Review

The Occidental Bilbao is located next to the Basilica de Begoña, in the center of the city, a mere 15 minutes from Bilbao’s old quarter and the Etxebarria park.


The 200 rooms  at the Occidental Bilbao hotel are spacious (specially the executive level rooms), modern, and with simple minimalist furniture and decoration. 

They all feature free WIFI, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, work desk, and an electronic safe.

The rooms include walk-in showers or bathtubs and shower combos. They are spacious and modern.
All rooms include coffee makers and tea kettles and the bathrooms all provide complimentary toiletries.


Each morning the Occidental Bilbao serves a full buffet-style breakfast. The restaurant specializes in local basque-style cooking. The hotel also boasts a bar and a lounge area with a fireplace, a very cozy area with a great atmosphere. 

The front desk offers car rental services.
If you are a member of the Metropolitan Club you will get special pricing on access to the SPA, indoor pool, and fitness center. This is one of the features of the hotel, something rare to be found in Bilbao

The seasonal swimming pool is the main highlight of the hotel, very handy if traveling to Bilbao during the summer season. 


The hotel is located on the eastern side of Bilbao. it offers easy access to the motorway. The closest metro station is Santutxu, located at 4 minutes walk from the hotel Occidental. The metro will take you to the old quarter or the Guggenheim in 5 minutes. 

Walking to the famous Arriaga theatre in the old district takes between 15 and 20 minutes. Walking to the city centre is, therefore, possible, or in the worst case,  you will be able to enjoy most of the top things to do in Bilbao making use of the metro network. 

The hotel is a 5-minute drive from the Guggenheim Museum. The Bilbao Expo and the Bilbao airport are just a 15-minute drive away.

Overall review

The Occidental Bilbao is a quality 4-star hotel. This hotel is a very good option for you if you enjoy large hotels, with an easy access from the motorway, and that despite not being in the city center offers easy connections to get to the city center. 

The hotel offers better value for money than similar hotels closer to the main highlights of Bilbao and it has the extra features of a seasonal swimming pool and a health center located next to the hotel. 

The Occidental may not be tbe best option for you in case you look for hotels at historical buildings and with more character or a boutique style design. Otherwise, the Occidental Bilbao hotel offers excellent breakfast, comfortable rooms with minimalist decoration and a sleek design, and the services you would expect from a business hotel of this size. 


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The Occidental Bilbao is one of the few hotels in Bilbao offering a seasonal swimming pool. This becomes a great asset if you travel during the summer months (especially with children) and if  the weather is sunny (which is not always the case in this part of Spain even in summer) But the Occidental also boasts a wellness centre which can be used all year round. If this is an important feature for you, we share four other options with such added value in Bilbao.  You can find these hotels and many more in our guide with reviews of the best hotels in Bilbao

Q What to do in Bilbao near Occidental Bilbao

Occidental Bilbao is located near Bilbao's old quarter near the Guggenheim Museum, The Bilbao Expo, Parroquia de San Nicolás, Plaza de Santiago and Etxeberria park

Q What is the check-in and check-out time at Occidental Bilbao

Check-in 16:00 - 00:00 and check-out 16:00 - 00:00

Q Where to eat near Occidental Bilbao

El Arandia de Julen
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