We spent 5 nights in mid-January at the Astoria 7. We chose it because of its location near the bus station, as we had plans to travel by bus and wanted the convenience. And, since we arrived from the Bilbao Airport at 10pm, it was welcoming to see the hotel sign as soon as we got off the bus and easy to drag our suitcases the short distance across the street. The 20-30 minute walk to the center and old town was enjoyable - we could choose to walk along the river or along the broad, tree-lined avenues, enjoying the 19th century architecture and window shopping. There was a convenient city bus stop just outside the hotel but we always opted to walk, even during the rain showers we encountered from time to time.
Our room was spacious and comfortable and we enjoyed the double sinks in the bathroom and the heated floor. Only quibble would be that the lighting wasn't quite adequate for reading. We borrowed a DVD from the extensive library one afternoon while we took a rest from all our walking, a nice feature. The hotel is very attractive, clean and bright, and the movie decor is a lot of fun. The staff was friendly and helpful.
The breakfast was very good with a lot of choice. We had some good pintxos in the bar a couple of times and found the food very well prepared. The bar was popular with locals and was often crowded.
We took day trips to Bilbao and Pamplona and are very appreciative of the excellent bus service in Spain. The airbus is also easy to use, with frequent departures. All in all, San Sebastian is a lovely small city and we enjoyed our stay at this pleasant, excellent value hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The symbolic Astoria Cinema in San Sebastián has been rebuilt to house the city's first contemporary styled hotel. The Astoria7 offers a unique decor. Each of the 102 rooms is individually dedicated to personalities, actors, actresses or directors, who have attended the San Sebastián International Film Festival ever since it first edition in 1953. The owners of the Astoria7 are renowned film experts that have chosen to pay tribute to this cultural event which has had such an important impact on the city of San Sebastián. Located on the corner of Avenida Sancho el Sabio, the Astoria7 is only a 15 minute walk from the main commercial and tourist sites of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria 7 Hotel