A beautiful Basque city, Bilbao’s culture, cuisine and character make it the ideal location for a city break. It might not have the beaches that are on offer at its coastal neighbours, but its bus and train connections make day trips a little further afield, to the beaches of San Sebastian or nearby biosphere reserves, an easy option.
Renowned for its culture, art and design, Bilbao’s hostel accommodation is also creative and unique with a variety of boutique and minimal places to spend a few nights. This variety means that guests can find exactly what they are looking for without compromising on other factors. To help you make your choice, we’ve selected three of the best hostels in Bilbao taking into account price, location and the hostel’s facilities, as well as the atmosphere and previous guest reviews.
Dorms from €15/ night
In the winding, cobbled streets of Bilbao’s Casco Viejo, or Old Town, the Quartier Bilbao Hostel’s friendly atmosphere welcomes guests to its boutique-style accommodation. Guests have a variety of rooms to choose from: a female-only dorm, mixed dorm and private room, all with air con and shared bathrooms, with the exception of the private rooms which have their own en-suites. Breakfast is included in the price, with self-catering facilities on-site. Given the hostel’s convenient, central location, there is no shortage of bars and restaurants nearby for guests who wish to sample local pintxos and delicacies.
Dorms from €15/ night
Ganbara Hostel’s old town location means that guests are never far from the city’s cultural hotspots, restaurants or transport in and out of the city. The guest kitchen and free breakfast options give visitors the opportunity to save a little on their visit. Shared spaces include the bar and lounge area where you can relax and meet other guests. The hostel’s bike rental facility allows guests the option to easily explore the city on two-wheels, and the hotel’s receptionists are on hand 24/7 to help guests with any queries and share their local knowledge.
Dorms from €21/ night. Privates from €67/ night
As the name suggests, Poshtel is a comfortable, modern premium hostel for those who are looking for a little more than the bare-necessities offered by most hostels, but who don’t want to miss out on the social atmosphere of a hostel. Rooms are clean and secure, with access only granted with your key card. Air conditioned dorms and privates have their own bathrooms or ensuites. The shared spaces include a laid-back common room and self-catering facilities, as well as the hostel’s own cafe and bar.