Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Gran Hotel Domine in Bilbao is pretty spectacular

The Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao is a five star hotel and one of our favorite places to stay.
The lobby is pretty spectacular.
"Fossil Cypress" by Spanish designer Javier Mariscal is the centerpiece of the hotel.  An 85 foot tall metal grid in a shape of a column filled with river rocks stretches the vertical height of the hotel's interior.
The rooms are spacious and they overlook the Guggenheim Museum.
The bathrooms are all outfitted with Phillip Stark plumbing fixtures.
The blind within window behind the tub can be opened so you can look through the room onto the Museum. 
Mariscal created a different painting that is found on each floor.
Each floor having a different color scheme.
What great designs.
Each floor has a different configuration of letters and numbers identifying which floor you are on.
Keeping with a mid-century feel, Mariscal designed the lounge seating.
I particular like this seating for I have the same furniture in my home.  The Diamond Chair was designed by Harry Bertoia (1952) and the oval side table by Eero Saarinen (1957).
One gets the feeling of being in the bar area that is somewhat like the museum across the street with its white irregular shaped columns.
And then there is the buffet breakfast that is served on the top floor with a magnificent view of the Guggenheim and the river.  There was a big selection of different kinds of meat, custom made omelets, breads...  You name it, it was there.
Fresh fruit.

A cereal bar with the great graphics behind it.
Fresh juices of all kinds, three kinds of milk, waters and even cava.
Custards, curd, rice pudding, cream caramel... And such interesting serving dishes.
What a perfect way to start the morning.

The staff was helpful and very pleasant, the design of the hotel was such a treat and you can not beat the perfect location.  We will be back. 

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