san sebastian isn't on most spanish itineraries, but it's a gem of a city up north in basque country, close to the french border. you can't go wrong staying the hotel maria cristina, another century-old grande dame, but completely modernized. the rooms and bathrooms are spacious and very comfortable, and the free wifi throughout the hotel is a gracious bonus. the view of the urumea river and the gros district across it is spectacular; our room had a small balcony. no coffeemaker, no ironing board. very courteous and friendly staff. the best tapas or "pintxos" bars in the old quarter are just about 10-15 minutes' walk from the hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Maria Cristina Hotel