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Astoria7 102 rooms from $98San Sebastian (Donostia-San Sebastián)
A sleek contemporary hotel in the town centre and close to the beach. Large modern rooms and suites with all the mod cons. Restaurant, library, gym and meeting rooms. A stylish spot with easy access to the city's best restaurants.City StyleQuirky - The hotel is themed around cinema and the San Sebastian Film FestivalSailing - Can be booked nearby.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - I Escape
Iriarte Jauregia 19 rooms from $120San Sebastian
A stately country house surrounded by beautiful grounds and valleys. Gorgeous rooms and suites have parquet floors, rugs, fireplaces and elegant furniture. Terraces dotted around have excellent views and there is a fantastic restaurant. Romantic, gourmet, and family friendly.Views - Lovely views over the surrounding countrysideSights nearby - 25 mins from the centre of San SebastianLocal markets - Good for local colour.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Tablet, I Escape
Hotel Villa Soro 25 rooms from $130San Sebastian (Donostia-San Sebastián)
A lovely country house close to the beach. Sophisticated rooms with elegant furniture and private terraces. Beautiful gardens and smart living areas. Walking distance to some fantastic restaurants. A lovely base to explore the city from.Sights nearby - Short walk from the old townGreat walks - Climb Monte Urgull.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller, Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Maria Cristina 136 rooms from $178San Sebastian (Donostia)
A truly magnificent hotel with Belle Epoque splendour. Exquisitely decorated rooms and suites have romantic paintings, glamourous furniture and all the mod cons. Two fantastic restaurants, banquet rooms, terraces, and meeting areas. A magical spot.Chic - This is where the A listers stay during the San Sebastian Film FestivalLuxuryElegantFoodies
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra 167 rooms from $197San Sebastian (Guipúzcoa)
A grand-hotel standing proud over La Concha Bay. Generously proportioned rooms are traditional in style with pretty french windows leading onto private balconies. Enjoy the famed Basque cuisine in the elegant restaurant. Just steps from the beach, it's ideal for an indulgent seaside escape.Beach Life - Boasting an impressive location overlooking the picture perfect bay of La Concha.Great walks - Take a relaxing stroll along the boulevard and check out the sights and sounds of the Parte Vieja.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Full of character
About San Sebastian
San Sebastián is a city truly blessed. It has not one, but two, of the few really nice city beaches in Europe - Playa de la Concha, right near some of the city's major historical buildings, and Playa de Gros, where there's also great surfing. Our picks of the best places to stay in San Sebastian are well placed for access to either, but if you'd prefer a self catering apartment we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.
It also has the wonderful culinary culture of the Basque country, a lively and beautiful old town, the Parte Vieja, and plenty of interesting local museums, markets and charming old buildings.
The swimming off Playa de la Concha is almost always safe, and there's plenty of sand to share between the thousands of tanned bodies. Playa de la Concha even has its own little isle, sitting neatly in the pretty harbour, just 700metres off shore. At low tide this has its own beach, and you can reach it aboard glass-bottomed boats which leave every half hour or so.
Playa de Gros is a bit more dangerous for swimmers, but that's what makes it a great surf beach, both for beginners and more experienced surfers.
For a good view of the whole town take the old funicular up Monte Igueldo and appreciate the Bahia de la Concha as a panorama. As well as the views you'll also find a slightly kitschy little theme park.
San Sebastián is also a stylish city, and it wouldn't get that way without its own collection of high end boutiques.
Famous for its food, San Sebastián has three Michelin star restaurants, but what they're really known for are their pintxos - Basque tapas. Like many of the best places to stay in San Sebastián, you can also find many of the best pintxos bars in Parte Vieja.
For a great central location
- The Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra is a wonderfully grand hotel sitting proudly overlooking the beach and San Sebastián’s La Concha Bay. There are 167 generously proportioned rooms in a traditional style, with private balconies and a fantastic restaurant known for its Basque cuisine.
- If you want to be close to the beach and the centre of town, Astoria7 is one of the best places to stay in San Sebastián. Sleek and contemporary, this hotel is themed around the city's Film Festival, with rooms featuring stars of the silver screen, and from behind the camera.
- For something special, stay at the Hotel Maria Cristina, a magnificent Belle Epoque palace with 136 gorgeously decorated rooms and suites. Each room has glamorous furniture and great art on the walls, and there's two restaurants. It really is like staying in a palace, so if you're planning a honeymoon, this is ideal.
For those on a budget
The beach is free, many of the museums are free - and appreciating the architecture of the old town certainly is! - and many places serve a complimentary plate of pintxos when you order drinks, so despite its beauty and graceful manners, San Sebastián has a lot to offer those travelling on a more modest budget. It has a modestly priced bike hire scheme, so you can also get out and do a bit of exploring for not a lot of money. There are also some beautiful coastal walks.
- A charming, traditional townhouse/ 15th Century palace, close to the beach, Hotel Obispo is a simple, but rustically tasteful hotel. And with its 16 rooms starting from just £65 per night, it's also one of the best places to stay in San Sebastián if you're looking for great value. It really does look like a castle, and with views all the way to France you're really getting a lot for your money.
- Saiaz Getaria is slightly more expensive, with 17 rooms starting from £74 per night, but it's got great sized family rooms, and is a good option for families on a budget. You're actually a bit out of San Sebastián, in Getaria.
For country house style
If you want to explore more of the Basque country surrounding San Sebastian, maybe a country house hotel style property will suit you better?
- One of the best places to stay in San Sebastián if that's what you're looking for, the Hotel Villa Soro is still close to the beach, and some fantastic restaurants. But it also has the peaceful grounds and larger living spaces which make country house hotels such great options if you're looking for a more permanent base.
- Iturregi is another beautiful country house style hotel, if you want a more rural setting. As well as wonderful sea views there are also beautiful gardens and a carefully landscaped pool and terraces.
For an apartment
- If you feel that your needs are better suited to an apartment or holiday villa, then we suggest you visit our online partner, Booking.com, where you'll find a wide range for all tastes and budgets.