María Cristina is, without a doubt, San Sebastián best hotel, by far, because of its history, charm, guests, location and rating (only *****GL hotel in the city).
The hotel was designed by Charles Mewes (author of Madrid and Paris Ritz hotels also) and opened in 1912. It represents the "belle epoque" of the city and it has been home of presidents, kings, politicians and cinema stars. Alfred Hitchock, Mata Hari, Leon Trotski, Audrey Hepburn, Steven Spielberg or Mick Jagger were some of its guests.
The location is very good, next to the Kursaal (home of the International Cinema Festival) and quite close to the Old Quarter (for pintxos) and La Concha beach.
Rooms are VERY spacious, bright and clean (see pictures), with lovely details of high class hotels, such as placing a small mat before the bed every evening and remove it every morning or complimentary umbrellas in the (frequent) event of rain/showers.
Bathrooms are huge and clean, although a little dated. Separate shower and bathtub, two sinks and bidet.
Staff are very helpful and skilled, as expected from a grand luxe hotels.
To sum up, still the best place to stay in San Sebastián, even if it's a little bit dated (especially if you get a good deal).
- 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