This luxury hotel five minutes from the Guggenheim is under the same ownership as the Ercilla and, like its sister hotel, it's becoming quite a scene now that the city is a bona fide contemporary art destination. A converted 19th-century building, the López de Haro has an English feel and all the comforts your heart desires. Rooms are classical in design, yet feel contemporary in equipment and comfort. The trendy in-house bar-restaurant, The Lounge, serves modern Basque
dishes and cocktails—a handy alternative on one of Bilbao's many rainy evenings.