Gran Hotel Domine sits at the intersection of exciting luxury and contemporary design, a charisma no doubt inspired by its neighbor, the legendary Guggenheim Museum. Infused with the same fun and innovative air of the museum, this flagship Hoteles Silken property is perfect for those in search of the best views in town and easy access to the Guggenheim, certainly a must-see during any visit to Basque Country.

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Staring down its Guggenheim neighbor across the street, Gran Hotel Domine is a treasure of contemporary design and sentiment. A stone pillar installation, reminiscent of pieces from the museum’s collection, commands the atrium from foundation to sky, leading guests’ eyes to the rooms above. Spacious, clean, and well appointed, the rooms were designed by Javier Mariscal in palettes of red and ocher and filled with furniture representative of the most emblematic designs of the 20th century. Added luxuries of en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs and a full wall of windows overlooking Calle Lersundi leave little left to be desired. For the more discerning traveler, the Junior Suite boasts soundproofed walls, panoramic windows, Philippe Stark bathtubs, Bulgari amenities, and Bang & Oluffsen sound equipment, while the exquisite Penthouse Suites on the sixth floor provide additional space and private outdoor terraces overlooking the Guggenheim and the green hills of Bilbao.

The dining establishments of Gran Hotel Domine are as much about the cuisine as they are about the design and atmospheric ambiance. Restaurant Doma on the seventh floor pairs Chef Martín Berasategui’s Michelin-starred cuisine with sweeping views of Bilbao, while Le Café Metropole couples Bauhaus influenced black, white, and stainless steel design with contemporary cityscape cuisine. The favored meal, however, is breakfast on Buenas Vistas Terrace. Here, guests may spend as much time as they wish delighting in scrumptious displays of fruits, juices, pastries, cereals, and hot dishes, as well as panoramic views of the city and the day’s likely sightseeing objective: the Guggenheim across the street.

After a day of exploration in Bilbao, relax by the open fire of the ultra-modern Tranquilo Txoko Corner, or retreat to the Cabin Wellness center’s sauna and solarium on the top floor, where sun loungers and spa treatments with a view await. In the evening, the fashionable Splash & Crash, a red-and-white lounge evoking the passion of the 1960s, is the place for drinks, music, and some of the best nightlife in Bilbao.

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