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  • Hotel Boutique Goiko Benta 10 rooms from $70

    Oñate, Basque Country, Spain

    For walkers following northern Spain's newest pilgrimage route, Hotel Boutique Goiko Benta is a wonderful place to rest weary limbs. For less energetic car tourers, it's an equally pleasant halt.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Arantzazu Sanctuary two minutes walk away.
    Great walks  -  Wonderful walking on the Ignatian Way trail.
    Back to Nature
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Hotel Araba 20 rooms from $75

    Vitoria-Gasteiz

    A sophisticated and grown up hotel with good links to the city centre. The chic simple rooms feature crisp white linen, floor to ceiling windows, parquet flooring and contemporary bathrooms. The long-standing restaurant serves exemplary regional cuisine. An ideal base for a city break.

    City Style  -  A chic modern hotel complete with contemporary rooms, excellent restaurant and within walking distance of the city centre.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Vitoria Cathedral and wander around the historic centre.
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  • Hotel Ibarra 14 rooms from $77

    Mimetiz, Basque Country, Spain

    Rustic-chic villa in Salcedo valley. Gorgeous guestrooms have terracotta coloured walls, wooden floors and beautifully tiled bathrooms. Enjoy breakfast on the pretty terrace or in the gardens. Cosy lounge with big fireplaces and plenty of art to enjoy. Ideal for a slow-paced break in the region.

    Local exploring  -  Fantastic sites and adventures to be had close to this peaceful hotel - from Guggenheim in Bilbao to country horse rides
    Sights nearby  -  Pozalagua caves in the rural vales of Karrantza are 20 minutes away
    Surfing  -  From nearby beach of La Arena
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • La Casa de los Arquillos 8 rooms from $78

    Vitoria-Gasteiz

    A fantastic little hotel with a B&B vibe. A traditional building in the old town with just 8 minimalist chic rooms, lots of natural light, and all the mod cons. Excellent value and right next to all the attractions and best restaurants.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  The Cathedral of Santa Maria and Florida Park.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Hotel Obispo 16 rooms from $81

    Hondarribia

    A charmingly traditional stone townhouse close to the beach. Simple rooms have wooden beamed ceilings, iron framed beds, and stone floors. Within striking distance of the best restaurants, the sea, and the nature park around. A good value spot for an active holiday.

    Views  -  Views over the river Bidasoa and over to France.
    Sailing  -  Sailing across the Bay of Biscay.
    Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Palacio Urgoiti 43 rooms from $98

    Bilbao

    A lovely 17th century palace in the Basque countryside, with stunning views in every direction. Spacious rooms and suites are traditional in style but with all mod cons. Great facilities include pitch & putt, spa, pool and restaurant specialising in Basque cuisine. Close to Bilbao and the beaches.

    Views  -  Idyllic views over the surrounding countryside
    Historic  -  17th century palace in the Basque countryside
    Sights nearby  -  15 minutes from the centre of Bilbao and all its attractions
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated swimming pool and gym are free for all guests
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Zubieta 23 rooms from $89

    Lekeitio, Basque Country, Spain

    A charming traditional 18th century building, in the seaside town of Lekeitio. The characterful rooms are individually appointed with ornate beds and antique furnishings. The snug bar features original beaming and is a great place to enjoy a beer and some tapas in the evening. An enchanting spot.

    Local exploring  -  A lovely hotel, perfect for exploring the beautiful surrounding Basque coastline, only five minutes walk from the beach..
    Local markets  -  Get up early and head to the local markets of Lekeitio to pick up some regional treats.
    Sailing  -  An ideal port of call for a sailing trip around the Basque coast.
    Fishing  -  Deep sea fishing trips can be organised at the Lekeitio harbour.
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  • Saiaz Getaria 17 rooms from $92

    Getaria

    A charming hotel with great views. Traditional rooms and suites all elegant in style with four poster beds, exposed stone walls, attractive furnishings and pretty fabrics. Sea views from the terraces. A good value, family friendly spot with a peaceful ambience.

    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the historic centre of Getaria
    Great walks  -  Walk the coastal path east to Zarautz.
    Views  -  Fantastic sea views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Urune Hotela 8 rooms from $97

    Bilbao

    A gorgeous farmhouse hotel with contemporary chic rooms, wonderful views, and delicious food. Lots of greenery, family suites, and easy access to beaches, the nature reserve, and pretty neighbouring villages. A great value, family friendly spot with lots to do on the doorstep.

    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Guernica for Monday markets.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Astoria7 102 rooms from $98

    San Sebastian (Donostia-San Sebastián)

    A sleek contemporary hotel in the town centre and close to the beach. Large modern rooms and suites with all the mod cons. Restaurant, library, gym and meeting rooms. A stylish spot with easy access to the city's best restaurants.

    City Style
    Quirky  -  The hotel is themed around cinema and the San Sebastian Film Festival
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hotel Viura 33 rooms from $103

    Eskuernaga, La Rioja

    An unusual contemporary design hotel in the Rioja region. Sleek modern rooms and suites with all the mod cons and private balconies. Excellent restaurant, garden and pool, and plenty to explore in the region. A romantic country escape for wine lovers.

    Wine tasting  -  Located in the heart of Rioja wine country
    Architectural  -  Avant Garde architecture
    Sights nearby  -  Laguardia, a pretty hilltop town 5km east.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Eguren Ugarte 21 rooms from $106

    Laguardia, La Rioja

    This gorgeous hotel, set within a winery has a fabulous lookout tower and bedroom views across the stunning vineyards. Bedrooms are comfortable with lots of natural light and private balconies. The restaurant serves a range of traditional Spanish cuisines and great wines.

    Sights nearby  -  The prehistoric settlement of La Hoya
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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  • Castillo el Collado 10 rooms from $135

    Alava, La Rioja

    An enchanting castle hotel in the Basque countryside. Unique and elegant rooms are filled with exposed stone walls, antiques and canopy beds. Excellent regional cuisine, outdoor pool, fragrant gardens and a lovely terrace. A delightful choice for a weekend break.

    Local exploring  -  Historic Laguardia, with the stunning Church of Santa Maria de los Reyes, riding trips through vineyards and walks by lagoons
    Foodies  -  With nine vineyards in the vicinity, this is an unmissable spot for exploring the rich region
    Views  -  Sierra de Cantabria
    Full of character
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  • Miro Hotel 50 rooms from $120

    Bilbao

    A fabulous contemporary designer hotel opposite the Guggenheim and close to the river. Sleek modern rooms and enormous suites have all the mod cons and fantastic views. Excellent tapas restaurant, spa, gym, and meeting rooms. A super stylish choice.

    Luxury
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  5 minutes walk from the historic city centre
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, CN Traveller, Tablet
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  • Iriarte Jauregia 19 rooms from $120

    San Sebastian

    A stately country house surrounded by beautiful grounds and valleys. Gorgeous rooms and suites have parquet floors, rugs, fireplaces and elegant furniture. Terraces dotted around have excellent views and there is a fantastic restaurant. Romantic, gourmet, and family friendly.

    Views  -  Lovely views over the surrounding countryside
    Sights nearby  -  25 mins from the centre of San Sebastian
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape
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  • Aldori Landetxea 6 rooms from $125

    BI, Basque Country, Spain

    In the Urdalbai Reserve, this six bedroom house offers artistically decorated rooms with stone walls, wooden beams, funky art and large terraces. A chill out area with wifi, board games and a TV. Rooms have central heating and there are fireplaces as well. Chic, cosy and comfortable.

    Families  -  Plenty of space to run around, gardens, boardgames and extra beds accommodate children.
    Back to Nature  -  Located in the stunning biological reserve, surrounded by forests and nature.
    Birdwatching  -  Set in the Biospehere Reserve of Urdaibai, there are lots of birds in the area.
    Local markets  -  Close to the historical town of Gernika, well worth checking out.
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  • Etxegana 18 rooms from $135

    Bilbao (Zeanuri)

    Charming country house hotel. Rooms have four poster beds, terracotta floors and antiques. Indoor pool, spa and jacuzzi. Excellent Basque cuisine in the white-linen tablecloth restaurant. Extensive leafy gardens. Pretty, quiet and romantic.

    Country Escape  -  Mountain views, forest walks, romantic rustic rooms, horse riding and spa to enjoy
    Sights nearby  -  San Juan chapel and in Artea, the “Eco Museo del Caserío Vasco”
    Great walks  -  Hotel located within Gorbeia Nature Park
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Torre de Zumeltzegi 12 rooms from $136

    Oñati, Basque Country, Spain

    A beautifully restored 13th-century tower-house, in the Old Town of Oñati. The rustic-chic rooms boast original wooden beams, exposed stone walls and sweeping views of Spain's stunning Basque country. Feast on traditional Basque cuisine, and sip on local wines on the glass walled terrace.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed for exploring the rich culture and history of the Basque country.
    Active Holiday  -  Walking and horse riding expeditions can be organised by the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Sanctuary of Arantzazu is only four miles away and well worth checking out.
    Great walks  -  There are numerous beautiful walking trails around the Basque Country.
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  • Hespederia de los parajes 18 rooms from $138

    Laguardia, La Rioja

    Gorgeous spa hotel. Rooms have wooden beamed ceilings, stone walls, chandeliers and jacuzzi tubs. Superb spa with aromatherapy, wine and olive treatments. Outstanding Spanish cuisine in both restaurants, and atmospheric cellar with tasting menu. Unique and romantic.

    Foodies  -  Wine tasting for all abilities, food pairing courses and hot air balloon to see the vineyards
    Sights nearby  -  Palaces and prehistoric remains as the town of La Hoya
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Spa
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  • Silken Gran Hotel Domine 145 rooms from $141

    Bilbao

    A quirky Five Star hotel close to the Guggenheim and the river. Each area of the hotel is designed according to era, Bauhaus, the sixties, 90s minimalism. Rooms and suites are contemporary with balconies and all the mod cons, some with gyms. Fabulous Basque cuisine. A trendy choice.

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Quirky  -  Each part of the hotel is designed by 20th century era.
    Views  -  Great views over the city from the roof terrace
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller
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  • Hotel Embarcadero 27 rooms from $148

    Getxo, Basque Country, Spain

    In the heart of the port-town Getxo, this hotel has wondrous views over the bay from many room as its terrace, where you can while away days with traditional Basque food & drink. Only a short underground journey from Bilbao, and short walk from a World Heritage Site: Puente Colgante.

    Riverside  -  Beautiful views over the river and towards the sea from the suites
    Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Hotel Maria Cristina 136 rooms from $178

    San Sebastian (Donostia)

    A truly magnificent hotel with Belle Epoque splendour. Exquisitely decorated rooms and suites have romantic paintings, glamourous furniture and all the mod cons. Two fantastic restaurants, banquet rooms, terraces, and meeting areas. A magical spot.

    Chic  -  This is where the A listers stay during the San Sebastian Film Festival
    Luxury
    Elegant
    Foodies
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  • Castillo de Arteaga 13 rooms from $167

    Bilbao (Gautegiz de Arteaga)

    Hotel in 19th century castle. Gorgeous rooms have stone walls, beamed ceilings, antiques and wall murals. Large gardens and terrace. Superb restaurant serving locally sourced regional dishes, and extensive wine cellar. Romantic, peaceful and luxurious.

    Hideaway  -  Surrounded by natural cliffs, valleys and estuaries, this hotel is perfect relaxing spot to return to after the fresh air
    Birdwatching  -  Situated within Urdaibai Nature Reserve
    Great walks  -  Near the fishing port in Elantxobe
    Sights nearby  -  Busturialdea and Lea-Artibai
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Iturregi 8 rooms from $177

    Getaria (Guipúzcua)

    A gorgeous country house in a rural setting, but close to the beach. Sumptuous rooms and suites are beautifully furnished, spacious, and have enormous bathrooms. Lovely gardens, pool, and terraces. Driving distance to nearby restaurants and sights. A rather romantic choice near the sea.

    Honeymoons
    Luxury
    Views  -  Fabulous views of the Raton de Getaria
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra 167 rooms from $197

    San Sebastian (Guipúzcoa)

    A grand-hotel standing proud over La Concha Bay. Generously proportioned rooms are traditional in style with pretty french windows leading onto private balconies. Enjoy the famed Basque cuisine in the elegant restaurant. Just steps from the beach, it's ideal for an indulgent seaside escape.

    Beach Life  -  Boasting an impressive location overlooking the picture perfect bay of La Concha.
    Great walks  -  Take a relaxing stroll along the boulevard and check out the sights and sounds of the Parte Vieja.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Full of character
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  • Hotel Carlton 142 rooms from $313

    Bilbao

    A grand hotel in central Bilbao. Contemporary classic rooms and suites have seamless furnishings and all the mod cons. Traditional elegant living areas and restaurant. Meeting rooms and a gym. A stylish spot for tourists and business visitors.

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated bang in the centre of town. 10 minutes from the Guggenheim Museum
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Hotel Marques de Riscal 43 rooms from $334

    Elciego, La Rioja

    An unusual hotel built by the designer of the Guggenheim museum. Set amid its own vines, a large metallic building with fantastic food and an impressive spa. Sun lit rooms and suites in contemporary style with balconies and sophisticated furnishings. Wonderful views and plenty of exploring.

    Designer  -  Built by the designer of the Guggenheim.
    Good wine list  -  In the heart of the Rioja region.
    Spa breaks
    Foodies
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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About Basque Country, Spain

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The Basque Country is different. The landscape is more dramatic than the rest of Spain: the topography more varied and the coastline up against the Atlantic is rocky in a spectacular kind of way. Its cuisine is also different. And well known by even those with only a passing interest in food. And of course the culture is different. Which comes, in part from the region traditionally having its own language. If you’re just dipping your toe into this region then the best places to stay in the Basque Country will probably be in Bilbao or San Sebastián, both known for their food and strong Basque culture. But if you’re really exploring the region - and it’s certainly a rewarding place for the curious to travel though - then you’ll find many of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in the Basque country in lovely rural spots or small towns. There are some beautiful converted farmhouses and castles in their list, and some great value offerings as well.

You might not have realised that Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Basque Country. It's a surprisingly modest city, as far as the outside world is concerned, but one with a truly wonderful old centre, the kind of pintxo (Basque tapas) bars and restaurants you'd expect from the capital of such a food-loving region, and an art gallery to rival Bilbao's. One of the charms of Vitoria-Gasteiz's old town is the fact that the medieval names of the narrow streets have been kept - and they pretty much describe the business which went on along each of them. The old town is where you'll find the famous Catedral de Santa Maria, which sticks out of the skyline like the highlight it is.

Most outsiders think Bilbao is the region’s capital, the 'urban phoenix' - a colourful phrase reflecting the city's rise from a decaying industrial city to cultural powerhouse - known for food, football and the Guggenheim. Bilbao isn't the prettiest of cities, but since the opening of the Guggenheim in 1997 several other architectural treasures have sprung up and lent the whole city a much more dramatic look. At the other end of the architectural scale is the Basilica de Begona - which sits like Sacre Coeur on a hill, the Catedral de Santiago, and the neatness of the Parque de Dona Casilda.

San Sebastián is the Basque Country’s other main city, and one blessed with two of the few really nice city beaches in Europe - Playa de la Concha, right near some of the city's major historical buildings, and Playa de Gros, where there's also great surfing. It also has the wonderful culinary culture of the Basque country, a lively and beautiful old town, the Parte Vieja, and plenty of interesting local museums, markets and charming old buildings.

Aside from the cities, Hondarribia on the French border is another great gastronomic centre, Getaria is known for its seafood, Guernica is a famous and culturally significant stop, Alava is known for its wines, grown in the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, and Eleciego, especially is worth a visit, for Frank Gehry’s amazing architectural tribute to wine. And then of course there are the rocky peaks and lush valleys…

Our pick of the best places to stay in the Basque Country has something for all tastes and budgets whether you're looking for a cheap and cheerful B&B or no-holds-barred, five star luxury.

The Best Places to Stay in the Basque Country

For a Rustic Escape

  • The Castillo de Arteaga is a beautifully converted 19th century castle with 13 gorgeous rooms featuring beamed ceilings, stone walls and wall murals. There’s also a superb restaurant and an extensive wine cellar. Peaceful and romantic.
  • Iriarte Jauregia is a beautiful stately home inland from San Sebastián. The grounds are lovely, and you’re surrounded by picturesque valley views. Which you can enjoy from several sunny terraces. There are 19 rooms and suites, all with lovely original features, plus a gourmet restaurant.

For Foodies

  • The Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra is a wonderfully grand hotel sitting proudly overlooking the beach and San Sebastián’s La Concha Bay. There are 167 generously proportioned rooms in a traditional style, with private balconies and a fantastic restaurant known for its Basque cuisine.
  • Torre de Zumeltzegi is a beautifully restored 13th century tower-house overlooking the old town of Oñati. There are 12 rustic-chic rooms with incredible views of the Basque Country, plus a beautiful glassed-in terrace.

On the Basque Country’s Coastline

  • Iturregi, in Guipúzcua, just along the coast from San Sebastián, is a gorgeous country house hotel in a rural setting. There are eight spacious rooms and suites, which have been beautifully furnished and have enormous bathrooms, plus lovely gardens, a pool and terraces. Romantic, as well as being close to the sea.
  • Zubieta is a charming, traditional, 18th century building in the seaside town of Lekeitio, with 23 characterful rooms complete with antique furnishings. There’s a great bar, complete with lovely original features and tapas in the evening.
  • The Hotel Embarcadero is in the heart of the port town of Gexto, and has 27 rooms, all with wonderful views over the bay and the river. There’s also a terrace where you can enjoy traditional Basque food and drink.

For value for money

  • A charming, traditional townhouse/15th Century palace, close to the beach, Hotel Obispo is a simple, but rustically tasteful hotel close to San Sebastián. It really does look like a castle, and with views all the way to France you're really getting a lot for your 65-ish pounds per night.
  • For a similar room rate you could stay in the Hotel Ibarra in the beautiful Salcedo Valley. There are 14 rooms in this rustic-chic villa, all with terracotta coloured walls, wooden floors and beautifully tiled bathrooms. There’s also a pretty breakfast terrace and lovely gardens.
  • The Hotel Boutique Goiko Benta is a wonderful place for walkers, and it’s a popular spot for those on a pilgrimage through northern Spain. You’re just two minutes from the Ignatian Way.

For Families

  • Saiaz Getaria in Getaria is ideal for families on a budget, with good family sized rooms and a great location just outside San Sebastián.
  • The Urune Hotela is a gorgeous converted farmhouse outside Guernica, with eight rooms and family suites. You’re surrounded by green, but you’re also close to the beach and there are lots of day trips you could take from here.
  • The Aldori Landetxea is in the Urdalbai Nature Reserve, and offers plenty of space, plus six bedrooms and a communal living area complete with board games.

For Bilbao

  • If you’re in Bilabo to see the Guggenheim, stay at the the Miro Hotel, which is just opposite it, and right by the river. Sleek and modern with plenty of glass, this hotel is more than just a cookie-cutter modern hotel, it's got its own feel to it - as well as having all the mod. cons. you can imagine and fantastic views. It is also great value.
  • The Silken Gran Hotel Domine is also close to the Guggenheim, and it borrows some of the museum's cache of cool by having its different areas designed according to different artistic eras. So you have the Bauhaus bit, the Sixties section and the 90s minimalist area.
  • Or, if you prefer your hotels elegant and traditional, the Hotel Carlton, with its beautiful facade and traditional charms is for you.

For San Sebastián

  • For something special in San Sebastián, stay at the Hotel Maria Cristina, a magnificent Belle Epoque palace with 136 gorgeously decorated rooms and suites. Each room has glamorous furniture and great art on the walls, and there's two restaurants. It really is like staying in a palace.
  • The Hotel Villa Soro is close to the beach, and some fantastic restaurants, but it also has the peaceful grounds, sophisticated rooms and larger living spaces of a country house hotel. Yet you're just a short stroll from the old town.
  • San Sebastián’s Astoria7 is a sleek and contemporary hotel themed around the city’s Film Festival, with rooms featuring stars of the silver screen, and from behind the camera.

For Vitoria-Gasteiz

  • La Casa de los Arquillos is an eight room hotel with a B&B vibe and chic, minimalist decor. Beautifully lit with natural light, this is a great base for the attractions, and restaurants of Vitoria-Gasteiz - you're right by the cathedral.
  • The Hotel Araba is a sophisticated, 20 room hotel with chic, simple decor and floor to ceiling windows. There’s a very good restaurant specialising in Basque cuisine and you’re close to the attractions of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in the Basque Country for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Basque Country, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.