We were visiting the Rioja and Basque areas and we adore San Sebastian. It has a fabulous beach - it's free and public and protected and fun and great. And we like to eat and drink and shop. The Maria Cristina is a great hotel. We got a fabulous rate online so it didn't cost a fortune. The location is great for everything. The staff are very helpful - what you expect from a five star. The room was huge and overlooked the garden and I could have stayed several weeks, and I just might next time. We walked through the old town at night sampling the pintxos and never felt unsafe. We did pay more than we like for the parking, but it was the public lots actual fee plus an 8 euro fee for the valet so it wasn't unreasonable for San Sebastian. Remember this is the playground of the rich and famous of Europe. The hotel charges for internet in the room but have 2 pcs in the lobby that you can use for free and access the internet. Sometimes it was a wait - children playing games and doing fb.
- 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