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Albergue Bilbao Aterpetxea Hostel

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The Bilbao Aterpetxea hostel is located on the Southwestern outskirts of the city. Although it can be walked to in about 25 minutes from the city center, it's a slightly uphill walk. Consequently, the bus is a safer bet, especially when you have your pack on. Bus #58 rolls right past the hostel grounds, at which point you can't miss the place because it's the tallest structure in the area. At night, the gaudy neon lights atop the building will show the way.

The place is apparently very new and extremely well-kept. From the lobby on up, it's a spotless facility. There are a few common areas, a game room, and some outstanding vending machines. The hot-sandwich machine turns out ham and cheese or bacon and cheese sandwiches for about a euro and a half, and the orange juice machine was a life saver when I was sick. It squeezes refrigerated oranges for you on the spot. Internet is available, although there are only two units, one of which didn't work, and the prices aren't great. Breakfast is included, and is very good by Spanish standards. You get cereal, fruit, pastry, juice and coffee; just get there by 9am.

The main drawbacks are the location and the sterile feel. It truly feels like a hospital, both inside the dorm rooms and out. This seems to contribute to a non-social atmosphere despite the presence of common areas. If you think about it, who wants to hang out in a hospital? There are, however, on-site basketball courts with football goals and picnic areas, which are a very nice touch. Overall a very refreshing place, if a little bland.

by that1guy
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2004
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3   Many problems however the hostel staff are very helpful and friendly. I am spending 5 nights on this hostel and i'm having some problems. At the first night the bed was not made and the bed linens was clearly used. On the 2nd day the time breakfast was not respected and had to wait until 8:10 for this, i got delayed for a appointment. At the 3rd day there wasn't bread at breakfast and i asked for it and was denied to me and to some guests, but after 2 minute go was given to other guest group from a school. However the hostel staff were very helpful and friendly, and hostel conditions are good.  , Portugal ()
2   I would never advise it. I found the hotel very sad!! It seems to stay like in a hospital!! Bathroom to share too sad. I would never advise it.  , Italy ()
4   Nice, but the walk got old It's not for those looking to socialize a great deal, but it's good at what it does. The walk to the metro got old -- the buses are infrequent -- but it's not that bad. But I certainly appreciated the cleanliness and good value. I stayed in 2005.  , Canada ()
3  I stayed twice (july 2003 and August 2006). Looks more like american motels than a YH (reception, lounge) except in dormitories. No possibility to cook your own meal. Far away from the city but a bus drives directly downtown. Matches more for people who look for a clean and convenient place than a warm atmosphere and a hostel to meet friends. Beautiful view all over the urban region.  ()
4  Huge place that has little soul or vibe to it but does the job and you don't have much choice of anywhere else in the area. It's ultra clean and the rooms are comfortable (single beds with lockable cupboards (bring your own padlock), reading lights and a shared desk/chair. The free breakfast really isn't all that and if you arrive 1 second after 9am, the shutters are down and you've missed it. Would recommend venturing into town for all other meals, as the stuff they serve at lunch and dinner is an absolute rip-off for what it is. Certain members of the reception staff were unhelpful and inpolite to the point of rudeness, which meant I was happy to see the back of the place after 3 nights. All in all I'd say do it and enjoy the quiet and space, but get out quick!  ()
5  I went with a friend in January 2005. We did not reserve a double bedroom but we were given one nonetheless, which I thought was a very nice gesture from the receptionist. The hostel was very clean, had good facilities and the staff were very friendly. I have stayed in lots of hostels; this one was one of the best ones, although I must admit I was there during the low season (winter).  ()
4  I spent one night here and enjoyed it. The hostel is definitely hospital-esque in layout, though far cleaner then any UK hospital, that's for sure. There are people around in the evenings to meet, though the environment is not overly conducive to making new friends. It's a good value, and the quality of the breakfast contributes to this, though breakfast doesn't open till 8 (neither does the laundry nor the computer room) so isn't great if you're trying to make an early train. The location is fine, provided you are happy with a 20-minute walk.  ()
5  I stayed there only one night, but wished I had stayed longer! The hostel was truly amazing! It was the cleanest place I went to during my trip. Breakfast was really good, with 4 choices of toasts, cereals, pastries, fruits, and yogurt. It's a quiet hostel, but is a little bit far from the city center. It was only 15,90 E for a 3-person room.  ()

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