If you don't like huge modern luxury hotels in the city, then the Iriarte Jauregia may be the place for you. It's located in the middle of nowhere in an old, restored villa. There's a very limited number of rooms and the hotel staff tries to get to know you personally as quickly as they can. The Finish (!) receptionist is an excellent ambassador for the hotel and even the area.
The rooms are modern and spacious, but one does notice the obvious differences with the "anonymous luxury factories" in big cities. The first is that all instructions are in the Bask language first and Spanish second. The owner chooses his country and his language over the most common language of the visitors and to me that's not hospitality. The same goes for the TV: only local stations, not a single English channel.
The shower is also meant for small Spanish people, for me the shower head came up to chest/chin height and isn't adjustable. Pretty uncomfortable! There's no bath robe, nor are there slippers in the room.
On the plus side: parking is easy and spacious, wifi is free and reasonably quick, breakfast is fresh and tasteful.
For business, this place is decent but not ideal. For couples this hotel may be very attractive since it is hidden away, very personal, intimate and simply charming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iriarte Jauregia Hotel is an elegant 17th century palace located in Gipuzkoa, in an impressive valley surrounded by woodlands and mountains and only 25 minutes from the centre of Donostia-San Sebastian. Its interior design is a product of carefully selected decor that brings together the past and the present to create an intimate, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. 19 Charming rooms with character. The only aim of the splendid views, the materials, textures, colours and each little touch is to make every stay an experience that is full of pleasant sensations. Luxury surrounded by nature. Thanks to its excellent location in the centre of the Basque Country, you can enjoy tranquillity and nature and also conveniently visit the main tourist attractions. Very good road links. Tolosa (10 km), Azpeitia (13 km) and only 25 minutes from the centre of Donostia-San Sebastian. Iriarte Jauregia has different areas which allow you to make the most of your stay. It has a large garden where you can relax in the shade of an ancient tree, have a drink on the terrace while you watch the sunset, or enjoy a tasty outdoor breakfast, weather permitting. Outdoor parking and free Wi-Fi connection. In its BAILARA Restaurant, led by Chef Enrique Fleischmann you will enjoy a signature cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Additionally, in the Snack Bar and the Library Room you will find a pleasant, laid back place to enjoy your favourite drink and the informal Quick & Easy menu. You will can enjoy luxury beauty and wellness treatments in the privacy of your room. Wellness, cuisine and relaxation. Four stars of complete comfort. Luxury surrounded by nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iriarte Jauregia Hotel Spain/Bidania