We stayed here for a 4 day family break in August 2011. We arrived hot and tired so headed for the pool area. The pool is large and well maintained and the only way in is through a doorway with an automatically triggered cold shower - it is verboten to be unclean in the pool! I admire the cleanliness but find the sheep dip idea a little patronising! We had booked a superior twin and a deluxe double - the only difference between the two was that the deluxe had access to a small balcony facing the front of the hotel as opposed to a view of a grass bank and trees at the back of the hotel - otherwise identical (the double was a twin). The rooms were clean and slavishly minimalist - no main light just a suspended trendy metal/plastic light fitting in the corner, perspex chair, solid stainless steel folding reading lights, ceiling uplighter from headboard, wardrobe with one big sliding door with photo of local modern iconic sculpture on it 'Comb of the Wind'. Decoration all neutral tones, small flatscreen TV (26 inch LG). Air conditioning didn't really work that well - coolish rather than cold. Beds were very comfortable though but had mosquitos in room. So inside stylish but on a budget - outside it is a drab brick building in the middle of a residential area - no sea views in any direction (maybe on top floor you get a glimpse?). The nearest beach is a 5 minute downhill walk but to get to the oldtown/main beach you are talking 20-25 mins. There is nowhere really to eat locally - one cafe on the beach and one overpriced restaurant overlooking the sea - and the hotel restaurant prices reflect this. To be fair the hotel lays on a shuttle service to the old town but its a minibus once an hour so book early. San Sebastian is a brilliant place and we really enjoyed the beaches, the aquarium, the old town with great food, surfing and an added bonus - the international firework competition. Amazing displays in an amazing location every night for a week! I will hurry back to San Sebastian but probably would go to one of the similarly priced luxury hotels in town - no pool but a lot less walking and sea views (and the sea views in San Sebastian are spectacular)
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