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Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

Everything about this hotel was fantastic.

The location: ideally placed right next to the 'Parte Vieja' where all the tapas bars are and close to new part, Playa de la Concha and the hills

The staff: incredibly friendly and helpful, not at all snobby or rude. Made us feel extremely welcome and went out of their way to help us, from giving us recommendations and advice on where to go, to ordering taxis for us and bringing up complimentary tea to our room every day upon our request. We also had a problem with our airline going on strike the day we were due to arrive so we missed the first night's stay. The hotel was extremely understanding and refunded us our money for the missed night. We were also given a complimentary box of chocolates and jellies and a bottle of champagne one day and every evening small chocolates and complimentary bottles of water were left by our beds.

The room: Three of us stayed in a deluxe double, which had an extremely comfortable king sized bed and one single. The room was huge, with it's own small entrance way and two separate doors off this - one leading to the bedroom and one to a huge bathroom with a big shower plus a separate bathtub with shower. The toilet was in a separate room attached to the bathroom, which I quite liked. There were comfy chairs in our bedroom and a large TV, plus a desk, safe, fridge, wardrobes and everything else you'd need such as complimentary bathrobes, slippers and standard toiletries. As the weather was not great, we spent more time than anticipated in our room and were grateful for how wonderful it was.

The amenities: The one thing that surprised and disappointed me was that the hotel didn't have its own swimming pool. However, there was a great gym with excellent cardio machines and weights, plus towels and complimentary snacks for before/after your workout. There are also lots of salons to while away the time in if the weather outside isn't great.

All in all, a fantastic hotel which I would recommend highly to anyone!

Room Tip: Double deluxe (number 126) - a fantastic room
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

This is a lovely hotel. Very central for exploring all San Sebastian has to offer. The staff are fantastic and very happy to help. Thank you Hotel Maria Cristina - you helped to make our short break a very enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

Was going to stay here either way but was able to use about to expire points and stay for "free." A great decision. Lovely old world hotel with great service and ambiance. Location is perfect. I look forward to returning in better weather to enjoy the city on it's best behavior weather wise. My only complaint is the price of the breakfast- but that's true of most 4 star hotels all over.
We had a great room and the bathroom was over the top. I'll be back.

Room Tip: In the summer I'd rather be on a top floor.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Hotel Maria Cristina is without a doubt the most beautiful Hotel of San Sebastian. Conveniently located within easy walking distance from the old town with its typical Tapas restaurants. The new town and the bay are close by as well.
Surprisingly the restaurant in the hotel is in Chinese style and serves an excellent and affordable choice of Chinese delicacies.
Both the hotel and the restaurant I can strongly recommend.
Our room was very comfortable with river view. Spacious well equipped bathroom with a bath and a seperate shower. There is some noise from the other rooms at night. We had to wear earplugs to get some sleep as in the room next door a couple expressed a surprising stamina in making love...

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Maria Cristina for three nights in October 2012.

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The rooms are a little on the small side, but we were pleased overall. Excellent bed, good amenities. Very clean. Great views.

Location
It doesn't get any better in San Sebastian. Walking distance to the best pincho bars and shopping. Less than a 10 minute drive to the Michelin 3 star restaurants.

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Nothing memorable, but I'd classify it as solid. Concierge recommendations were spot on.

Hotel Bar
Some of the best cocktails we had in Spain.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

My girlfriend and I were in Sab Sebastian for 2 weeks and while we loved eating a small breakfast at street corner cafes, one morning we felt like having a big, American breakfast. We decided to check out this hotel for a breakfast restaurant. We were very impressed. it cost about $30 a person, and although that is expensive, considereing where we were and what we were eating it was not that bad. I am a huge fan of breakfast and really good breakfast buffets and this was the best. It had every sort of imaginable food and freshly squeezed juices you could ever want. Sometimes at large breakfast buffets, the quality of food is not there, but that is not the case for this place. The food was great. The service was great, They seemed a little confused at first that we didn't have a room, but they had no problem with it. I guess since we weren't wearing bathing suits and flip flops as it was a very nice setting. This probably isn't the most helpful review for a hotel but I just had to let people know the breakfast buffet was fantastic.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

I don't usually write reviews for large, corporate 'chain' hotels, but the staff at Maria Christina made our stay so enjoyable, and the King Bed River view room was SO comfortable, I just want to highly recommend the hotel if you are in San Sebastian. Great location in the Old Town near all the great Tapas Bars. The concierge did a fantastic job of highlighting which Tapas Bar are know for which food. All in all a great hotel.

Room Tip: The river view rooms have a small balcony where you can watch the huge waves crass into the river as...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Paseo Republica Argentina, 4, 20004 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 Business Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 Family Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range: £203 - £620 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian 5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Century of Elegance in San Sebastian - Since opening in 1912 the restored Hotel Maria Cristina has been closely linked to the history and cultural life of San Sebastian. The lavish Belle Epoque interior is filled with soaring columns, 19th-century portraits, rich silk brocades and glorious chandeliers making for a truly opulent experience.Experience gracious hospitality on a grand scale in the hotel's rooms and suites. Decorated in a sophisticated palette of greys and white, the rooms are a quiet haven of luxury. Style, technology and a dazzling range of services which combined make for an unforgettable stay. ... more   less 
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