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Saiaz Getaria

Getaria, Basque Country, Spain

A peaceful hotel tucked away in the old streets of this popular seaside town, with ocean views from several rooms

The Basque people love Getaria - whenever you mention it, they break out in nostalgic smiles as if remembering the happiest days of their life. And when you get here, you see why. It’s a cute little place, with a happy vibe and a lovely beach that’s popular with locals at weekends. Potter about and you find a small harbour for local fishing boats, some good restaurants that serve the freshest fish, and a small marina that’s home to a clutch of posh yachts; day trips over to San Sebastián can be arranged.

As for this lovely hotel, it sits on a narrow street at the top of the Old Town, with views to the west of sea and sky. The house dates from the 15th century and was probably a defence of sorts, as several arrow slits survive. Behind its façade of golden stone you find a pretty mix of old and new: mullioned windows, wood and antiques mixed with bright rugs and throws. Prices are great and local staff go the extra mile. There are 19 attractive bedrooms, which all have a warm, homely feel. Some are big, others smaller; several have magnificent sea views (the house stands at the top of a cliff, with waves rolling in below). There’s a big sitting room that looks the right way, plus a terrace where we watched the sun go down with a glass of wine in hand. It's popular with couples, but welcoming to families, too. As for the beach and those excellent restaurants, you won’t have to walk far.

Guest Ratings

Room:
86%
Food:
78%
Service:
98%
Value:
94%
Overall:
89%

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Highs

  • Rooms with sea views are magical, worth splashing out on
  • The Old Town, the cool beach, the fishing boats - there’s lots of character here, and it's a very civilised place to do very little. And the Cristóbal Balenciaga museum is heaven for fashionistas
  • Elkano, one of the Basque region's best restaurants, is only 50 paces from the front door
  • Monte de San Antón (the hill that rolls into the sea; known as the Mouse of Getaria) is a great spot to sit and watch the sun go down
  • Beautiful San Sebastián is only 30 minutes away by car

Lows

  • This is a popular hotel in a popular town - book early
  • Breakfast is the only meal served, and if you don’t eat fish, the choice on local menus will be limited
  • The hotel only has 2 parking spots, and a small charge applies, but you can park for free in a couple of streets close by
  • The one-way system in town can be confusing; follow directions to the hotel explicitly or you may get lost
  • Expect some noise to rise from the narrow street

Saiaz Getaria is great value, with four-poster beds and views of Gaztetape Beach...        

Travel + LeisureSaiaz Getaria:  Read more press reviews
Save to favouritesPrintMailSaiaz GetariaThe Basque people love Getaria - whenever you mention it, they break out in nostalgic smiles as if remembering the happiest days of their life. And when you get here, you see why. Itís a cute little place, with a happy vibe and a lovely beach thatís popular with locals at weekends. Potter about and you find a small harbour for local fishing boats, some good restaurants that serve the freshest fish, and a small marina thatís home to a clutch of posh yachts; day trips over to San SebastiŠn can be arranged. As for this lovely hotel, it sits on a narrow street at the top of the Old Town, with views to the west of sea and sky. The house dates from the 15th century and was probably a defence of sorts, as several arrow slits survive. Behind its faÁade of golden stone you find a pretty mix of old and new: mullioned windows, wood and antiques mixed with bright rugs and throws. Prices are great and local staff go the extra mile. There are 19 attractive [r:SP086:bedrooms], which all have a warm, homely feel. Some are big, others smaller; several have magnificent sea views (the house stands at the top of a cliff, with waves rolling in below). Thereís a big sitting room that looks the right way, plus a terrace where we watched the sun go down with a glass of wine in hand. It's popular with couples, but welcoming to families, too. As for the beach and those excellent restaurants, you wonít have to walk far.

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