San Sebastián

Hotels in San Sebastián

The choice of hotels in San Sebastian range from simple pensions to deluxe digs fit for royalty. Finding your ideal hotel in San Sebastian requires some good planning—if, that is, you intend to come here during the summer. Rooms fill up fast, and hotels may also impose requirements such as meal-inclusive packages. The Maria Cristina is a centrally located hotel in San Sebastian decorated in classic Belle Epoque style, with its original 1912 brocades, columns and chandeliers. During the film festival, this is the nerve center for movie stars and the velvet-rope crowd. Rooms offer views over the Urumea River or the Cantabrian Sea. The cinema-themed Hotel Astoria7 also has a draw for the Hollywood crowd. Each room is dedicated to a celebrity actor or director who has visited the city, such as Glenn Close, Dennis Hopper or Alfred Hitchcock; the legendary director is the namesake for a suite on the top floor, with its own ceiling-mounted projector, screen and film library. The Astoria7’s restaurant serves a range of classic Basque and Spanish cuisine, perfect for one of the best hotels in San Sebastian.

This grand, Empire-style Belle Époque hotel is filled with antiques and bordered by gardens. Located in the heart of the city, the property is not far from the Centro Kursaal. Experience all the glamour and elegance of a bygone era, in one of Europe’s most elegant seaside resorts.

The 65-room hotel was completely overhauled in July 2006, transforming from an outdated hotel into a stylish business-meets-beach haven. Rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi (rare in Spain), sleek wooden furniture, oversize windows, and porcelain bathrooms.

A 125-room hostelry overlooking the town and bay.

This eight-room property, set in the hilly vineyards outside the tiny fishing village of Getaria, makes an ideal under-the-radar base from which to explore Spain’s Basque coast.

In a city where even the most luxurious accommodations tend toward the dowdy, Villa Soro offers a much-needed dose of modern luxury.

A Barcelona–based agency with a good selection of properties in San Sebastián. Apartments from $210, two-night minimum.