We were fortunate to use our Starwood points for free nights at the Maria Cristina. The staff was very polished and gracious, upgrading our room without prompting to one that overlooked the Bay, beautiful baroque theater and public statuary square to the west of the hotel. We spent our first afternoon watching a motion picture being filmed on location in the square directly below our room while hang-gliders were drifting by a few hundred yards away along the coast. Our room was large, elegant and plush, with the typical amenities you would expect from a 5 star hotel. Spain is full of smokers and the air in the hotel bar was unbearable. Fortunately, there were tables right outside the bar that were relatively smoke free. We had no problems with the air quality in our room. Internet service was priced at a typically outrageous amount. The only bright spot was that the pricing included a 5 euro per hour option, which met our needs for each day. As far as driving goes, parking is also difficult, and the hotel is located on a one-way street and if you miss it you could travel for quite a distance before finding a route back. The best thing to do is to NOT drive, we found the car not very useful except for our one trip to Mugaritz Restaurant, which is about 20 minutes from the hotel. Also, it was kind of annoying that the public parking garage basically under the hotel was expensive (over 30 Euros per day, with no in and out privileges), had very tight spaces and we had to run a gauntlet of panhandlers every time we went to retrieve the car. There are lots of stores, restaurants and attractions within a short walk from the hotel. One particular attraction is the beautiful public square and garden in front of the County Government building directly behind the hotel. It's an easy walk to the old town and all of the really great tapas bars that are there. Overall we had a very comfortable stay and would return.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Starwood EMEA, Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Odigeo, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd, Traveltool, S.L.U., HotelQuickly and Cancelon so you can book your Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Maria Cristina Hotel