As has been said by most reviewers before me this hotel has been beautifully restored to the point it exudes an elegance reminiscent of a bygone age. It would be hard to imagine a renovation more thoroughly and successfully executed and from what we experienced during our stay, staffing was up to the same standard of excellence.
In our experience the commons areas of most old elegant European hotels are small with narrow hallways, small rooms etc. This is usually due to restrictions placed by local authorities on renovating historic structures. Not here. From the extra wide hallways and seating areas, to the large guest rooms and baths, to the magnificently decorated and visually stunning public areas this hotel sets the perfect atmosphere to thoroughly enjoy all San Sebastian has to offer, which is considerable.
Our restaurant dining experience was very enjoyable especially the breakfast offerings which contained something for every dietary need. Our only complaint, not the fault of the hotel, were the early morning revelers who turned the courtyard beneath our open windowed balcony into an after hours debate session.
As for the city the one suggestion I would make is be sure to walk up Monte Urgull, about 15 minutes from the hotel by foot. It's an easy walk up for most folks and you will be rewarded with the benefit of exercise while taking in incredible views back down to the city and out to sea and a pleasant exploration of the old fortress structure.
- 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