Number 2 of the Plaza Circular in Bilbao is a special place. In 1926 the mythic Café La Granja opened on its ground floor. It was done in the art nouveau style, imitating the refined cafés of France. And it soon became the cultural epicentre of the city. Conscious of the cultural importance of the place, Latroupe decided to maintain the name and spirit of this literary café when it located its new hostel in the centre of Bilbao.
The walls, their decorative borders, and even the name and the mythic awning have been restored to bring back the spirit of the Café La Granja, making it international while giving it a new lease on life.
Its central location and importance give this hostel a unique local neighbourhood character that is very Basque. This is reflected in the building, built in 1891 by the local architect Severino Achúcarro. Inside there are intimate spaces closer to the warmth of a home than to the coldness of a hostel chain. The interior decor is a counterpoint of the old and the new, of the present and the past, of the classic and the industrial. The industrial Bilbao of the old shipyards blends with the more traditional architecture, its rhythmic facades and colourful wood carpentry.