By Marti Kilpatrick
This artsy boutique hotel, the creation of fashion designer Antonio Miró, has simple design-driven rooms that serve as a blank canvas for the real asset: the up-close view of Bilbao’s main attraction, the Guggenheim. It’s a four-star hotel, but with five-star guest service.
Location: 9 / 10
Chances are, you came to Bilbao with one sight in mind: the Guggenheim. Hotel Miró couldn’t be better located, directly across the street from the museum. However, the Moyuá neighbourhood and the riverfront fall asleep outside of museum hours. The Hotel Miró is a mile (1.5 km) from the Casco Viejo (old town) and its bustling pintxo (tapas) bars, which can be reached by a lovely riverfront stroll or by cutting through the more lively neighbourhoods of Ensanche and Indautxu, where you’ll find many of the newest bars and restaurants.