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Axel Hotels in Bilbao

Axel Hotels, a chain aimed at the LGBTI group, continues its international expansion plan with a new opening in Bilbao. The hotel will open in the last quarter of 2020 and will mean the company’s second establishment in the Basque Country. Its first opening was in San Sebastián at the end of this year.

Axel will be located in Bilbao la Vieja, with a privileged position, on a plot next to a flour factory. The future establishment will be of new construction and will have the essential services. Also, Restaurant, Fitness & Spa, Lounge Bar and Sky Bar on the roof terrace, with swimming pool, solarium and lounge. That will make it a unique space in Bilbao, from which you can enjoy the hotels heterofriendly philosophy.

Road Show Italy

Tourspain has organized a Road Show in Italy, where Romotur, one of our partners, has taken part.

Bari, Napoli, Milan and Genova are the destinations for this event. Bilbao Turismo and also several basque companies participated.

Finally, here we have a picture of the event.


The members of Basque DMC’s have just been in a workshop in New York city promoting the basque destination. Here we have a photo they took during the trip.



The capsule hotels similar to those that exist in Japan arrive in Spain. The city Bilbao will open in the coming weeks the first establishment of these characteristics, with independent living quarters, promoted by the Bilbao company Optimi Rooms.


What will be the first capsule hotel in Spain with Japanese style will open its doors in the coming weeks. It will open at number 58 on Doctor Areilza street in Bilbao, as reported by the daily Deia on Tuesday.


The hostel, has fifty capsules, in which in addition to viscoelastic mattress, guests will have extraordinary facilites. For instance, TV, USB connection, headphones, safe and maximum privacy, to incorporate a sliding door to isolate from other users.

Seems like of the 50 capsules, 36 are individual cabins at a price of 24.95 euros a night and 14 doubles at 34.95 euros.

The promoters explain that “instead of betting on a bunk like any hostel does, we wanted a Premium hostel”. As a result, they bet on the futuristic line capsules that characterize the establishment.

The cabin, despite its size, is not claustrophobic. “It is not an anguishing or oppressive space at all,” says one promoter. The capsules are 120 centimetres, in contrast, in Japan are 90 centimetres. This fact makes the Bilbao capsules wider than others.

The accommodation consists of an area at the entrance where check-in is done, a common room with vending machines for food and microwave, another area where there are bathrooms and showers, a lockers area where you can store your luggage and finally you will find the area where the capsules are.

Finally, he Hostel Box also has establishments in Spain with bunk beds in the form of capsules, but they do not have the Japanese style of isolated compartments like the one that Optimi Rooms has promoted.

Wine & Senses project

On March 14, Vitoria presented the Wine & Senses project. An initiative that aims to boost tourism in four European rural wine regions and generate tourism circuits.

The plan brings together different entities and companies from Spain, Italy, Hungary, Portugal and the Czech Republic. This collaboration is in order to make the vitivinicultural heritage a protagonist. The Santa María la Real Foundation presented this initiative in the framework of the “International Wine Tourism Conference”.

The main objective of Wine & Senses is to design routes combine heritage, landscape, history and gastronomy. All this with wine as the axis so the visitor can enjoy it with all the senses.

Routes that turn each itinerary into a true sensory experience for the traveler and away from mass tourism. Also, betting on a sustainable enjoyment of the territories, with hiking activities, guided tastings, musical performances or guided visits.

The surprising growth of Bilbao

Bilbao has not stopped growing in recent years. Since it became the best European city in 2018, companies have not stopped betting on this city. In the first place, and this being the most recent news, Air France is betting on Bilbao and increasing its offer for the summer by 30%.

But this is not the only positive news for the city, Leonardo Hotels has opened in Bilbao his eighth establishment in Spain. This is not the only hotel that has joined the city, Sercotel has inaugurated its fourth hotel in Bilbao recently and Vincci has just added a new 4 star hotel in Bilbao.

It seems that a promising future awaits for Bilbao.