Luxury is… A Stay at Hotel Carlton, Bilbao


Hotel Carlton

Ideally situated in the port city of northern Spain, the luxurious hotel Carlton is an iconic beauty. The lush green mountains and skyscraper-filled downtown adds to the scenic location of this legendary hotel. The city is famed for the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which sparked revitalization when it opened in 1997. A great attraction for all tourists, the museum houses prominent modern and contemporary work. Bilbao is also home to other top-rated attractions, and Hotel Carlton’s central location makes all attractions easily accessible for all visitors.

Impressively designed by Smith Ibarra, Hotel Carlton was inaugurated in 1926. The dome was made with glass especially brought from Boston. It was built in 1925 and, in 2007, it was restored by the same company that originally made it. The dome of the Hotel Carlton is one of two largest domes in Spain.

A classic example of the French Second Empire style, it is truly in keeping with the tradition of grandiose hotels of the time. Creatively and meticulously designed, the magnificent building boasts of its ‘beaux arts’ style details on a unique triangular shaped building with tapered corners. Its splendour is characterised by symmetry, large entrances, staircases, multi-coloured with a profusion of balustrades, supporting cornices and bas-relief panels. Among these, the roofs and mansards are its most beautiful examples.

With the symbolic glass roof, Hotel Carlton charms you with its beauty as well as its outstanding services. It was the first hotel in Spain to have en suite bathrooms in all its rooms. Today, the beautifully restored hotel offers all modern amenities and facilities. It provides flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service and luxe linen in all its marbled bathrooms. The suite rooms feature separate living areas, kitchens, whirlpool tubs and dining area. The restaurant at the hotel serves the much sort after Basque cuisine along with a fancy cocktail bar attached to a city-view terrace. With 12 grand meeting/event rooms the hotel Carlton can host massive weddings and events. It has witnessed many social and cultural events of the City of Bilbao. Plus, the complimentary parking facility adds another feather to the hotels commendable hospitality.

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