“A country-house hotel in a magical city, with a beach close at hand and kind staff who do whatever it takes”
The 25 rooms are split between the main house and the carriage house which stands behind. All are fairly big - and they're certainly comfortable - but we felt they lacked oomph. Those in the main house - the Villa Deluxe Rooms - have more character, while some of the Standard Rooms in the carriage house open onto semi-private terraces (very popular). All share the same style: big beds, warm colours, crisp linen, pretty fabrics. You find flatscreen TVs and DVD players, with a small film library at reception.
Those at the front of the main house are grander, some with high ceilings, others with the odd antique. All but the smallest rooms come with a couple of armchairs. Bathrooms - white marble in the main house, white tiles in the carriage house - have showers and tubs, plus robes and Penhaligon oils. There’s a minibar with complimentary soft drinks, WiFi in every room, and air conditioning throughout. Two rooms in the main house stand on the lower-ground floor and have doors onto private patios.
Breakfast is served in the dining room or the bar, with the day’s weather forecast waiting on your table. You’ll find jugs of freshly squeezed orange juice, yoghurts and fruit, cooked hams and cheeses, croissants and baguettes. When we visited, a bowl of seriously tasty cherries was the star attraction. Hot dishes are cooked to order if you want them, perhaps an omelette or fried eggs with bacon.
A small room service menu is available throughout the day, with simple dishes like vegetable soup, smoked salmon, veal meatballs, and plates of cheese.
At night you eat out. You have quite some choice - San Sebastián is heaven for food lovers, with more Michelin stars per person than any other city in the world. Arzak, considered one of the best restaurants in the world and a place of gastronomic pilgrimage, is less than 1km from the hotel’s front door. Juan Mari Arzak is the third generation of his family to cook here; his grandfather opened what was then a simple tavern in the 1930s. Juan Mari has been in charge for 45 years and won his third star in 1989. The drab exterior stands in sharp contrast to the glitzy interior.
If you want something less formal, try one of the city’s pintxos bars. Pintxos is fantastic food served in single portions, usually on a piece of baguette. Some dishes are laid out on the bar, others are cooked to order. The tradition is to stop at each bar, drink a small beer, eat a dish, and move on to the next place. Our favourites included Bar La Cepa (31 de Agosto, 7), where Ferran Adriá drops in when in town; Bar La Espiga (San Marcel, 48), which has contemporary design with the same old fabulous food; and Casa Gandarias (31 de Agosto, 23), possibly the best in town.
See our destination guide for more San Sebastián restaurant recommendations.
Children are welcome, but this is quite a formal hotel and there is little here for children to do. Most rooms can take baby cots (free) and 3 rooms can take extra beds (charged for).
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking