Radisson Collection opens Bilbao property

31 Mar 2022 by Hannah Brandler
Radisson Collection Bilbao

Radisson Hotel Group has unveiled its second Spanish property under the growing Radisson Collection brand.

Radisson Collection Hotel, Gran Via Bilbao is located in the former headquarters of Banco Hispano Americano, built in 1945, and features Art Deco design by dAAr Arquitectura.

It features 137 rooms over six floors, including two rooftop suites with private terraces featuring a jacuzzi and views of the city. Interior design includes marble, natural stone and wood, as well as an earthy colour palette complemented with gold and blue hues.

The hotel’s rooftop is home to the NKO restaurant from renowned chef Eneko Atxa, whose restaurant portfolio includes five Michelin stars. This marks the third collaboration between the chef and the hotel group, following the opening of his Eneko Basque concept in Seville and Brussels – a partnership is set to follow in Madrid too.

NKO offers Basque and Japanese cuisine in homage to the chef’s Basque heritage and admiration for Japanese gastronomy. The design includes a terrace with vertical gardens, colourful umbrellas and a geometric black and white marble floor.

Radisson Collection Bilbao Superior room

A fitness and spa area, complete with indoor pool and yoga studio, is set to open in the coming months.

Tom Flanagan Karttunen, area senior vice president Northern and Western Europe, Radisson Hotel Group, commented:

“It’s a great pleasure to open the second Radisson Collection hotel in Spain and bring the brand to Bilbao. One of the most outstanding elements of this new hotel is its location in the heart of the city on one of the most prominent avenues, Gran Via.

“The hotel features stylish and attention-to-detail design, with an exceptional rooftop terrace, that is one of the best in Bilbao. We are honored to partner with local five-time Michelin star chef Eneko Atxa to offer top-class gastronomy at our NKO restaurant.”

Radisson Collection Bilbao

The hotel has also received a LEED Platinum green building certification, consuming 47 per cent less energy and 40 per cent less water than comparable buildings.

Additionally, it has achieved the LEED Innovation credit for creating a ‘Walkable Project site’, which signals that it has incorporated design elements that promote walking, cycling, and other non-motorised transport.

The collection opened its first property under the brand in Spain last year in Seville, and the group plans to open more than 20 hotels in the Spanish market in the next five years – including the country’s first Radisson Red in Madrid later this year.

The Radisson Collection was launched in 2018 as a replacement for the Quorvus Collection, as part of wider group restructuring which saw Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group renamed as the Radisson Hotel Group.

See our recent review of the brand’s property in Brussels:

Hotel review: Radisson Collection Hotel, Grand Place Brussels

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