Where To Stay In San Sebastian-Donostia, Spain - Updated 2023

where to stay in san sebastian - donostia spain

San Sebastian is incredible. Come here at any time of the year and any time of day and you’ll fall right in love with the city’s charm. Michelin stars aplenty, with the best kinds of people who are willing to indulge and enjoy every aspect of life, with the BEST tapas ever, the city will stun you with its energy and culture. An absolute foodie’s haven, there’s fun and games to be had as well on the many beaches that line San Sebastian, and throngs of beachgoers will be present in summer to frolic in the sun. How do you do all this completely at peace of mind? Well, you have to get yourself some fab accommodation of course! Here’s our top picks of where to stay in San Sebastian for a fuss free holiday!

1. Mercure Monte Igueldo (from USD 171)

We always trust the Mercure, and at just 6 minute’s walk from the beach, you can be sure to get picturesque views being set on Mount Igueldo, and be offered up impressive views of San Sebastian Bay. In summer, there’s a lovely outdoor pool, and even if you’re indoors, there’s plenty of attractive, classic décor in its spacious rooms, all with views of either the Bay of Biscay, or of San Sebastian city. All rooms come with satellite TV and a minibar and some rooms have a private balcony. The onsite restaurant El Torreón Restaurant serves a selection of gourmet cuisine and traditional Basque dishes. Guests can enjoy a drink or light meal in the bar or coffee shop.

Mercure Monte Igueldo

Wifi Available

Address: Paseo del Faro, 134
Accommodates: 3

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Terrace

2. NH Collection San Sebastián Aranzazu (from USD 160)

Live in the lap of luxury at this 4 star hotel. Only seven minute’s walk from Ondarreta Beach on the Bay of Biscay, the NH Collection San Sebastián Aranzazu offers bright, air-conditioned rooms with stylish modern décor and satellite TVs. You can reach San Sebastian itself in just 10 minutes by foot. The Kukuarri restaurant at Aranzazu serves up modern cuisine and offers a fixed-price daily menu from Monday to Friday, while the hotel´s café-bar provides light meals and refreshments, as well as a healthy breakfast option. The hotel is within each reach of the Basque Culinary Center and several Michelin-starred restaurants. There’s also an on-site fitness centre with a selection of modern fitness machines open daily. Perfect for beach lovers and food lovers!

NH Collection San Sebastián Aranzazu

Wifi Available

Address: Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre

3. Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian (from USD 693)

Now we give you…a FIVE star hotel. Only 5 minute’s walk from the beach, the Maria Cristina is located opposite San Sebastian’s Victoria Eugenia Theatre, with views over the Cantabrian Sea and Urumea River. Around since 1912, the Maria Cristina Hotel offers elegant rooms with free WiFi, all air-conditioned and come with a flat-screen satellite TV. Their marble bathroom comes with a separate bath and rain shower, double sink, bathrobe and slippers.

There’s a daily buffet breakfast, and the bar serves local pintxos tapas and a wide range of drinks. From June to October, Michelin starred French chef Hélène Darroze will run a pop-up restaurant in the hotel, with lunch and dinner menus inspired by her vision of Basque pintxos, and her signature dishes. Hotel Maria Cristina has hosted some huge movie stars including Woody Allen and Elizabeth Taylor during the San Sebastián Film Festival, held every September, so you might catch a glimpse of some of them if you stay there.

Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian

Wifi Available

Address: Paseo República Argentina, 4
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre

4. Sercotel Codina (from USD 133)

Just 5 minutes from Ondarreta Beach, Sercotel Codina offers modern air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi, all with a minibar, flat-screen satellite TV and private bathroom. Some superior rooms even have a terrace with a nice view! The hotel also comes equipped with a TV lounge and a cafeteria. For the lush life, guests can also order pizza to their room. Sercotel Codina provides a minibar with free mineral water. The hotel is within each reach of San Sebastian itself to explore for even more food and drink options.

Sercotel Codina

Wifi Available

Address: Avenida Zumalacárregui, 21
Accommodates: 4

Parking Pets allowed Bar 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests

5. Hotel Astoria7 (from USD 99)

Just 17 minute’s walk from the beach, the Astoria7 is themed around cinema due to the San Sebastian Film Festival. Each room offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and is dedicated to an actor or director who has visited the city. The stylish, sound-proof rooms at the Astoria7 feature contemporary décor, and come with satellite TV and a marble bathroom. Astoria’s restaurant is open for lunch and serves a range of Basque and Spanish cuisine, while the café-bar offers a buffet breakfast and serves traditional Basque tapas, or pintxos. Check out the lounge-library at Astoria7, which has free internet terminals and a selection of books and films for guests. There is also a gym on site.

Hotel Zinema7

Wifi Available

Address: Sagrada Familia, 1, esquina Sancho El Sabio
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Terrace Non-smoking rooms

6. Welcome Gros Hotel y Apartamentos (from USD 60)

Only 6 minute’s walk from the beach, the Welcome Gros offers rooms and apartments in the Gros district of San Sebastián, just 5 minute’s walk from Kursaal Convention Centre, San Sebastián’s old town and the beach. All of its modern rooms include a TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Each apartment also comes equipped with a kitchenette and a living area.

Welcome Gros Hotel

Address: Iparraguirre, 3

Daily housekeeping Non-smoking throughout Air conditioning Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Security alarm Free WiFi Tour desk Safety deposit box

7. A Room in the City (from USD 186)

Located right in the heart of the city, this room is only a few steps from the Concha and a few minute’s walk from the Old Town. Nestle yourself to sleep in the comfortable rooms, which give you all the privacy you need in a shared dormitory, or if you’re feeling social, check out the common areas where you can read, sunbathe and meet other guests.

Hostel in Donostia · ★4.84 · 9 bedrooms · 6 beds · 1 private bath
Donostia, Euskadi, Spain
55 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in hostel 6 Beds 6 Guests 9 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
clean cheap and friendly
easy to locate clean and well serviced
bathrooms were very clean
both the room and the bathroom were very clean
place is very clean and has a nice vibe
really friendly and helpful staff
great staff as well
the staff are all really friendly and helpful
the staff was super friendly and it all worked great
staff all very friendly and whole quick stay exceeded expectations
super central and convenient location
great location and good budget accomodation
location was awesome too right near la concha beach and a short walk to the old town
location is great 5 mins walk from the old town and the beach
really great hostel in an amazing location 10/10 would recommend
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8. Joseba Double Room in the Old Part

Located in the old town of San Sebastian, you can expect to find plenty of tasty cuisine and lots of charming beauty in this area. A recently refurbished apartment, the place comes with a fully equipped shared kitchen, and 2 shared bathrooms. It’s conveniently located near the beach and the main tourist attractions of the city. Guests can even participate in fun surf workshops which your host will help you arrange, or even help take you on guided tours and recommend bars.

Double room in the Old Part WIFI
San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain
332 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in hostel 3 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
our room had a lovely balcony and window
the beds were very comfortable and the heater wifi and television were working well
the room was also great with double windows that open onto a small balcony
if you get the room with the balcony overlooking the street definitely be ready for noise
i had the front room with big windows and a little balcony overlooking the street which was great
very clean and comfortable
clean simple and safe room
it is clean and simple :)
the room was very clean and comfortable
great communication from the host and clean rooms
joseba is a nice host
the host was very responsive and helpful
amazing host and an amazing place
really comfy beds and such a friendly host who really knows his home town
we were met by joseba’s brother martin who is a gracious host
great location in old town
great location in old town close to everything
very good location a lot of great food close by
great location right in the middle of old town
very central such a great location in the pedestrian old town
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Book your worry-free stay!

Food, glitz and glamour and the beach, what more could you ask for when staying at San Sebastian? There’s no need to worry as you lay your head down in any of these comfortable places we’ve offered up here, and you can holiday, rest and relax stress free.

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