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!
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
Address: Paseo del Faro, 134, 20008 San Sebastián, Spain (see map)
Price: from 274 USD
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
Address: Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1, Antiguo, 20018 San Sebastián, Spain (see map)
Price: from 346 USD
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.
Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian
Address: Paseo República Argentina, 4, 20004 San Sebastián, Spain (see map)
Price: from 1,081 USD
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.
Address: Avenida Zumalacárregui, 21, Antiguo, 20008 San Sebastián, Spain (see map)
Price: from 203 USD
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.
Address: Sagrada Familia, 1, esquina Sancho El Sabio, 20010 San Sebastián, Spain (see map)
Price: from 272 USD
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 y Apartamentos
Address: Iparraguirre, 3, Gros, 20001 San Sebastián, Spain (see map)
Price: from 197 USD
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.
A Room in the City
Price: from 45 USD
Number of Guests: 1
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.
Joseba Double Rom in the Old Part
Price: from 38 USD
Number of Guests: 3
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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