Calle de Doña María Díaz de Haro, 2. 48920
Tel: +0034 94 401 48 00
Tourist License Code: HBI01147
The “indianos” were emigrants who traveled to America in the search of fortune and, after having achieved it, returned to their original places turned into a welthy social class very eager to flaunt that they had achieved. It was the same the hardships they had suffered to achieve that fortune; the most important thing was people to know about their new social status.
This is, more or less, what is supposed to happen also to Don Manuel Calvo y Aguirre, a citizen of Portugalete who made fortune in La Habana at the middle of the XIXth century, thanks to his factories of sugar cane cultivations, who returned to his town in 1898 to set his residence in this building, which today is the Gran Hotel Puente Colgante.
He left his last wishes written to, after his death, his house were converted into a hotel and with the benefits obtained from this business, share portions of “olla y pan” (stew and bread) among the neediest people.
At the very first years of the XXth century, when Portugalete was a geographic reference in relation to the sea bathing, and a good part of the aristocrazy used to visit it following the Royal House, at this place lodged illustrious characters such as Empress Zita of Bourbon and Parma or Alfonso XIIIth, who liked to celebrate parties at the saloon of this hotel.
This hotel Puente Colgante, how not, takes its name from the impressive Hanging Bridge of Biscay, over which it has excellent views. Declarated Humankind Heritage by UNESCO, it will be a must in the visit to Biscay.
Its location is unbeatable: close to the fishing port of Santurtzi and around the same distance away from the seafront of Getxo, with its amazing mansions dated at the XIXth century and its marina. Bilbao, which is 20 minutes away by subway, will be also very easy to reach.
Whether your travel is due to business or fairs reasons, you will find also easely Bilbao Exhibition Center. Portugalete and its old town are well worth visiting.
Puente Colgante hotel offers parking, meeting room, gym, cafe-restaurant, cocktail lounge and terrace. The wifi connection in the common areas is for free.