“A peaceful hotel tucked away in the old streets of this popular seaside town, with ocean views from several rooms”
There are 19 rooms in total. Some face the sea, some face the town, and some are bigger than others. If you want to splash out, take the bigger rooms overlooking the water; if you’re on a budget, try the smaller rooms overlooking the town. All are good value for money.
No 2 rooms are identical, but all are decidedly comfy. This is not a design hotel, but it’s nicely designed. Mirador Double Rooms have a slightly more contemporary feel - airy seaside colours, and chairs looking out to sea. Double Town View Rooms are a touch more traditional, with exposed stone walls or carved wood bedheads. All have rugs on smart wooden floors, pretty fabrics, inticing beds and good linens. Superior Rooms come with a sofa or a four-poster bed. One Junior Suite spreads over 2 floors and has a vast sofa that turns into a vast bed. Several rooms have enormous arched windows to frame the majestic view.
Homely bathrooms do the trick. Most have showers but a few have tubs. They're not cutting-edge contemporary, but they're perfectly good.
Breakfast (extra cost) is served overlooking the sea. It’s a help-yourself buffet. You’ll find freshly squeezed orange juice, bowls of fruit, plates of ham and cheese, and baskets of rolls and croissants. You can make your own toast, too.
For other meals, you can eat simply or grandly close by. In the Old Town there are several pintxos bars (similar to tapas, but with more flair), where you can dig into tasty snacks while enjoying a small beer. Down towards the water are restaurants with terraces overlooking the bay. Some are very pricey. Txoko is fairly simple and serves up grilled sardines, for which the town is famous. Kaia is more expensive, but the food is far more elaborate. It's owned by the same people who own Elkano, which is considered one of the best restaurants in the Basque Country. It stands just above the hotel and if you only eat in one restaurant in Getaria, eat here; it’s not madly expensive.
If you spin east 3km you’ll land in Zarautz, a slightly bigger, more modern town; you can follow a coastal path all the way round. There’s a pizza restaurant over there which will deliver to the hotel if you want to stay local. Finally, San Sebastián is about 30 minutes away by car, so you can always nip there for a slap-up dinner at one of its famous eateries. There are 3 Michelin-starred restaurants - Akelarre, Arzak and Martin Berasategui. All are hideously expensive and you'll have to book well in advance