“Once a much-loved cinema, now the coolest hotel in town, with a stylish movie theme that runs throughout”
Each room pays homage to a different film personality (Tarantino, Ang Lee, Sean Penn, Liv Ullmann), and your own personal star smiles out at you from the wall above the bed. To qualify, the actor or director must have attended San Sebastián’s September film festival. You get several pictures scattered about the room and some text to add a little history; the main image above the bed was taken in San Sebastián. You can also watch your star on celluloid, as each has at least one film in the hotel’s epic DVD library.
Single Rooms are rather wonderful as they all come with small balconies, a lovely touch. They also have bathrooms behind walls of glass, but as you’re the only person in the room, this is unlikely to cause offence. They’re definitely cosy, but you won’t mind for a moment. Just throw open the door and you’re out on your private terrace.
Double or twin Standard Rooms aren’t huge, but nor are they tiny, and if you’re in town for a couple of days you’ll be very happy here. Some are bigger than others, but all have space for big leather armchairs, even a sofa every now and then. The gorgeous bathrooms are behind closed doors, with creamy tiles, power showers, and lovely lotions and potions. There’s a desk with an ADSL internet connection, WiFi, and good storage, too. Three of these rooms have been specially adapted for guests in wheelchairs.
Superior Rooms are bigger, though the biggest Standard and the smallest Superior are pretty much the same size. All have iPod docks and sofas which can turn into extra beds. They also have double sinks and white robes in the bathrooms.
The suite - a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock - is awesome: a separate sitting room filled with film paraphernalia, a wrap-around balcony for the afternoon sun, and a bathroom with a spa bath and a separate walk-in shower. There’s even a projector and screen in the bedroom on which to watch your favourite movie.
Breakfast (extra cost) is a help-yourself affair: jugs of fruit juice, sliced pineapple, rolls and toast, cereals and yoghurts. If you want an omelette or a scrambled egg, you can order from the waitress.
The snack bar is open all day, every day. Contemporary in design, it has blond wood, hanging lampshades and windows onto the street; there’s even a small pavement terrace. You can drop in for pintxos (tapas) and a beer all day long. Simple dishes are also available via room service from 8-10.30pm: soup, pasta, grilled rib-eye steak, hamburgers, local cheeses. It’s all reasonably priced.
The hotel’s restaurant is open every day for lunch, then from Thursday to Saturday for dinner. We ate here and thought the food - a mixture of fish dishes, stewed meats and pasta - quite average. Not that this really matters: you’re in the gastronomic capital of Spain, with more Michelin stars per head of population than any other city in the world, so you'll probably want to eat out anyway.
If you want something substantial, you won’t have trouble finding it - food tourism is big business here and people flock to the city's 3 most famous restaurants, each with 3 Michelin stars. Arzak is a place of gastronomic pilgrimage, 3km away across town, while Restaurante Akelarre is 3km west of La Concha beach. Martín Berasategui is a very swish operation 10km outside town.
For something more casual try one of the seafood restaurants around the old port or the many pintxos bars in the Old Town - see our local guide for recommendations. Pintxos is fantastic food served in single portions, often on a slice of baguette. Some dishes are displayed on the bar, others are cooked to order. The tradition is to stop at each bar, drink a small beer, scoff one dish, then move on to the next place. If you don’t eat pintxos in San Sebastián, then you haven’t been to San Sebastián; it’s a great way to spend an evening.
Children are welcome, but there are no facilities dedicated to kids. Extra beds and baby cots can be added to most rooms, and the Superior Rooms and the suite have sofabeds. Some rooms interconnect.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking