Concierge.com's insider take:
Situated just outside Bilbao in the town of Getxo, where the Nervión River meets the sea, Hotel Embarcadero is a 27-room property housed in a stately 1900 neo-Basque-style house. The common areas are modern minimalist, with steel-gray walls and black, white, and red leather chairs. Guest rooms, on the other hand, are more traditional, with cream and black floral wall coverings, antique wood desks, and cushioned window seats. Some rooms have a small terrace overlooking the garden and sea, but we suggest corner room 22, which looks out on both the water and the impressive mansion next door. For near 360-degree sea views (including from the bathroom), room 11 is also a top choice. Downstairs, with direct access to the garden and the beach beyond, there is a quiet bar and small restaurant serving traditional Basque dishes. For those looking for the best of both worlds, this is the place: a seaside retreat that's only a 15-minute subway ride to central Bilbao.—Guy Fiorita
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