Bilbao: the industrial port of northern Spain, home to the iconic Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim museum, and next door a modern, friendly hotel. It couldn’t be easier to get to, just one stop on the airport express bus takes you to the door of the Cosmov, a 1930s six-storey building. The hotel is laid out on the first floor; enter a sleek reception, up a flight of stairs to a large communal space with sofas, Nespresso machine and a monochrome palette. Corridors lead off from here to the 28 bedrooms: each has a feature wall – a vivid splash of post-modern fun. Excellent mattresses and pillows are dressed in perfectly white linen, walk-in shower rooms (one room has a bath) are impeccably designed, and every item in the mini bar is locally sourced. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to eateries – Michelin star restaurants, simple tapas bars, and they have a special breakfast deal at the Guggenheim for guests. If you want an undisturbed nights sleep, request a room at the back, otherwise this is a super pad for discovering the best of this down-to-earth city.