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Hotel Lopez de Haro, Bilbao

Editor's Pick
2 Obispo Orueta
Spain 48009
Tel: 34 944 235 500's insider take:

This centrally located Bilbao hotel is just a five-minute walk to the Guggenheim (Frank Gehry stayed when he was working on his initial sketches for the museum). It has 53 rooms and suites with varying decor according to category, such as a monotone approach in the standard rooms that includes black carpets and ceilings against white leather upholstered headboards and floral wallpaper, also in black and white. At street level there is the Ambigu Lounge, with wood-paneled walls and heavy leather armchairs. The space doubles as a Champagne bar by night and breakfast room by day. The hotel does not have a restaurant, but in central Bilbao you're never more than a few steps away from excellent eateries. Oh, and the room Gehry chose while here? Suite 501, with lots of exterior light and plenty of workspace.—Guy Fiorita

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