Breathtaking Views in Bilbao, Spain! Gran Hotel Domine


Only hotel in Bilbao overlooking the Guggenheim Museum.  Gran Hotel Domine.


Mazarredo Zumarkalea, 61, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain

Gran Hotel Domine commands one of the best possible locations in Bilbao.  Just a 15 minute drive from the airport, guests will stay at the only hotel in Bilbao overlooking the Guggenheim Museum and the famous giant Puppy topiary.

Gran Hotel Domine is surrounded by world-class views, and its’ interior is designed to match.  From the street view, to its’ restaurants, rooms, and bars, Domine keeps aesthetics at a high level throughout.

The Gran Hotel Domine experience is also crafted to match, with widely-known excellent customer service, rooftop terrance breakfasts, and highest-tech gym equipment.

Guests can choose from Premier, Deluxe, and Superior rooms; all well-appointed.  Note that Gran Hotel Domine enjoyed a complete renovation in 2017, stepping up the already high-level experience.

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Atrium. Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao, Spain
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Deluxe Suite. Grand Hotel Domine
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Bathroom, Premier Guggenheim Suite.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Superior City View Room.  Grand Hotel Domine.
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Rooftop terrace overlooking the Guggenheim. Gran Hotel Domine.
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Dinner at Beltz the Black Restaurant at Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao.
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Exercise with a view of the Guggenheim.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Street level restaurant across from the Puppy topiary.  Le Cafe.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Street View.  Gran Hotel Domine.

Photo credit: Gran Hotel Domine

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Another Reason You’ll Be Happier In Singapore – Changi Airport

Do you look forward to spending time at the airport?

People spend money to wait in line at Disneyland, and for blockbuster movie releases. They are willing to wait for Chipotle, and even camp out overnight for a new iPhone. People smile while they stand in line for these things. Excitement even.

This usually doesn’t happen when people spend their airline ticket money and end up standing in line at airports. Waiting happens at the ticket counter, baggage check, security, the departure gate, getting off the plane, customs, and the rental car bus. There’s lots of waiting in the travel business.   People spend their time and money for all of these – usually not very happily.

Enter the Changi International Airport.

Changi is consistently ranked by many publications as the top airport in the world. This isn’t because it is slightly better than other airports. It’s a completely different feel.

You’ll notice this at your first visit, whether it’s an arrival or a departure. The first feeling is one of expanse and space. There’s plenty of room to move around – a big contrast to your incoming or outgoing flight. You’ll notice an ability to really move and breathe. In total, the place takes up the space of 1,800 football fields.  There’s high ceilings everywhere, with wide hallways.

Also near the beginning of you arrival at Changi, you’ll notice a high level of hospitality. The employees at the ticket counters (which also are very spacious) will greet you with a smile and royal treatment, even when flying coach. You will be treated as an individual, not as a passenger. Customs agents follow this same description.

People living in Singapore actually go to the airport to go shopping and spend time. Security checks are done at each departure gate – similar to the Paris Charles De Gaulle airport, for example – so no ticket is needed to roam the terminal. Changi has over 300 retail outlets in a setting that will rival any mall in the U.S. Many of the retail outlets are even open 24 hours a day.

Changi has a full complement of luxury retail stores, including Bally, Gucci, Burberry, Hermes, and Prada. This is a similar offering to the Tokyo airport as a comparison, but Changi does it with a much larger, free feeling setting. You won’t have to fight your way down the corridors of the Changi Airport. The place has a very wide-open layout.

There’s tons of great dining choices at Changi. There’s four choices of vegetarian restaurants, and they have one of the few Hard Rock Cafes in the world that opens early for breakfast. Real breakfast – like bacon and eggs. Burger King, McDonald’s, and KFC also have homes here.

Imagine going to a U.S. based airport to go shopping or spend a Saturday. First of all, you can’t without a ticket. Second, you probably wouldn’t want to.

Changi Airport is also an airplane lover’s dream. The Airbus A380 double decker plane was launched here by Singapore Airlines, and you can see lines of the huge A380 planes from airlines around the world at Changi. As the sixth largest airport in the world, there’s plenty more airframes to see, too.

Although Changi has solidified first place in the world of international airports, it’s raising the bar. Changi has announced Project Jewel, which is an effort to further beautify and connect the airport. The Project will include a five story, glass dome indoor garden with waterfalls, which fits well with Singapore’s “Garden City” persona. Imagine walking through a lush botanical center, and realizing that it’s actually your airport.

Reports place the completion date for Project Jewel in 2018.

Tokyo Airport Camping Guide

IMG-20130210-00423A five dollar airport voucher does not go far in Tokyo, or anywhere.

That’s what you might get when your flight is delayed for 12 hours.

So you’re halfway between Singapore and Chicago and need something to do.

I hope you can keep your iPad charged, and you already loaded some good movies.  You can work on your laptop if you want, but I say screw that.

The Tokyo Airport Camping Guide – US Edition:

1) Royce Chocolate.  Royce is the Hershey’s Chocolate of Japan, and the stuff makes great gifts.  White chocolate, dark chocolate, etc.  The bars are huge, and not expensive.  Put these in with the Burberry scarf you bought as a gift.  Or skip the Burberry scarf and buy the whole neighborhood some Japanese Chocolate.

2) McDonald’s.  Hallelujah.  Familiar food.  There are plenty of places to go in the Tokyo Narita airport to get Japanese food.  That’s great if you are acclimated.  After a couple of those meals, though, you may want to run to the Golden Arches.  A Big Mac is a Big Mac.

3) Origami Museum.  You have no idea what can be done with origami.  Entire worlds can be created.  This museum/store will kill an hour, easy.  You can buy origami books and paper too.  This could singlehandedly occupy your layover time.   You can buy origami sculptures if you want.  They will cost as much or more than the Burberry scarf you are contemplating.

4) Postcard Station.  Check out the visitors station where you can stamp your postcards with a variety of Tokyo Narita ink stamps.  Great souvenir to send home, and again costs very little.  Very friendly folks at the postcard station, too.

5) Gift shops.  You may not be able to read or understand the t-shirts, but your loved ones will love them anyway.  They will know they got something from a faraway land.  And they probably don’t know about the Burberry store anyway.

In all, it’s a great place for a flight delay.  Maybe you’ll have enough time to meet your stranded flight mates, and pool the five dollar vouchers toward something really cool.


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