My boyfriend booked this hotel as a surprise for my birthday and it was a very good surprise!
The location is excellent - we took the train from the French border to San Sebastian and the hotel is less than 10 minutes walk from the Amara station we came into. It's also less than a five minute walk from the bus station where you catch the bus to Bilbao Airport, and a 15/20 minute walk into the old town and to the beach. We never needed a taxi.
Service was a bit hit or miss, though never bad. One of the guys on reception seemed to be new that day, but I would still have expected him to say hello when he saw us standing there instead of just staring at us - instead he waited for the other member of staff, who was busy, to greet us. At other times reception staff were friendly and efficient.
The room was really nice - absolutely massive by the standards of most European cities, with a huge, extremely comfortable bed, and a big bathroom with twin sinks and a big shower. We had the Meryl Streep room - I loved the cinematic theme of the hotel, it was unusual and muy cool!
Breakfast was quite good though again the staff could have been friendlier- they advertised eggs as you like them and no one actually offered this to us, and at times staff were slow to replenish the buffet, but the choice was generally good.
I would definitely recommend and stay at this hotel again - great location and rooms, they just have a little work to do to bring their service up to to four star level.
- 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