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Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian
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Melbourne, Australia
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295 reviews
148 hotel reviews
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“As good as it gets”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Add this hotel to your bucket list....San Sebastián is a great city with wonderful culinary delights however this hotel lives to its reputation and on its own justifies a visit to the city.

The hotel's refurbishment is stunning, the rooms are luxurious with modern twists especially the bathrooms and the public areas are where you want to be seen.

The location is unbeatable.

The staff seem to be justifiably proud to be working here and deliver first class without the 'U.S.' hand out culture.

If I had one negative observation it was housekeeping was a tad slow with room make up often not occurring until mid afternoon.

Room Tip: Upper level river / sea view rooms are the ones to target
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

The hotel is beatiful and very well located, but the best part was the tips that the concierge gave us on what to do, where to go and where to eat were the best, she was absolutely the best in the world and made our vacation even better!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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maria-cristina-hotel, Director General at Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, responded to this review, 27 November 2013
Dear Mark R,

It was a pleasure to note how much you enjoyed your stay with us and we would like to thank you for letting us know how impressed you were with our Concierge Team. It is always gratifying to receive such praise. We have brought your comments to the attention of those concerned.

Thank you once again for taking the time to write. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Maria Cristina in the future.

Best regards,

Stijn Oyen
General Manager
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New Bern, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Luxury European hotels excel in so many ways. They have a character that captures "old Europe". The Maria Cristina is the epitome of this vision. Location is excellent unless you want to be on the beach. San Sebastian is a jewel of a city and this hotel is the crown jewel. From the lobby to the restaurant to the guest rooms, everything is wrapped in a wow factor. Not overly done but just the perfect touches. I look forward to a return.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are huge for European standards.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Maria Cristina in July 2013. The hotel is located in the more upscale part of town, away from the loud touristy areas, but easily walkable to everything you want. The room had a large balcony with a beautiful view of the bay. All amenities were very nice, and the staff was incredibly helpful. The room was turned down multiple times per day, and they provide nice, large beach towels, free of charge. The bar service was pretty mediocre, but the hotel staff had a ton of recommendations in the area (don't miss pintxos and txakoli!) We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

Stayed for two nights, the hotel is a five star all the way. The rooms are excellent and big the service is veryvery good. This more than 100 years hotel is in a great location near everything and you feel you are part of the history. the employees are very service and friendly oriented. the restaurant is very good, also the chinese rest.

Room Tip: All of them are great.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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maria-cristina-hotel, Director General at Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, responded to this review, 27 November 2013
Dear marichico,

Thank you for taking the time to write your nice comments. We are very glad to know how much you have appreciated the attention and service provided to you by our associates. It is indeed rewarding to read that we fulfilled your expectation and that we've created good memories for you to bring back home.

We remain at your entire disposal at the Maria Cristina and look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to San Sebastian.

Best regards,


Stijn Oyen
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We visited the Maria Cristina for a wedding in June 2013 and loved the classic yet modernized style of this hotel. I used a Suite Upgrade and our room was huge and luxurious. The bathroom was beautiful with separate bathtub and shower, and beautiful marble throughout. I got a very good deal by booking a long time in advance, but it got expensive for many of our friends who booked later. The food at the wedding was delicious. They kept forgetting to put water in the room but when I called they would bring it up immediately. They had extra European adaptors on hand. The location of the hotel could not be better.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the four nights we stayed at Hotel Maria Cristina. Our room was spacious and very well appointed. We especially liked the large bathroom. The location is perfect for long walks along the beach and the pinxto bars are a must!! The concierge was very helpful at getting us dinner reservation at a couple of fabulous restaurants. Stay here - you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian
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 Romantic Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 Family Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 Business Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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