We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good value for money”
Review of Hotel Avenida

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Hotel Avenida
Reviewed 6 July 2011

Firstly, we (2 mid-20s females) stayed here during our 3 month Europe trip in a combination of hostels and cheaper hotels and did come here after staying in a hostel in Madrid so may have different expectations to other travelers.

We chose to stay here as most of the hostels were booked out or imposed a two or three night minimum stat over summer and we were only in San Sebastian for one night.

We arrived into town by bus and the taxi to the hotel was only €8 (decided to taxi after reading about the hill!). We did walk the hill a number of times and didn't find it that bad (as said, we're in our mid-20s but we're not actually very fit). It is a bit out of town but only a five-ten min walk to the beach and 30 mins to the Old Town (we managed our walk back into the bus station with luggage no problem).

The receptionist on arrival was wonderful and thankfully spoke reasonable English as neither of us speak Spanish.

The room was clean, not particularly big - our twin room had only a few inches gap between the beds, but it was more than adequate. The bathroom was also very clean and quite spacious.

For the price, it is excellent value for money (only slightly more than our average hostel for our trip and it's private with a good sized bathroom), especially as San Sebastian isn't the cheapest of places to begin with.

  • Stayed: July 2011
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Kathy265
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (354)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

88 - 94 of 354 reviews

Reviewed 19 June 2011

Hotel up a steep hill, not for the unfit. No food in hotel besides breakfast buffet, which was excellent, only vending machines, take your own kettle and teabags!! No bar or resturant, take a long walk down the hill into town!! The resturant near hotel was closed.
The garden and terrace was lovely, superb views over town, unfortunatley not permited to sit out after 8.00pm as the door is locked.
Now if you are expecting a good nights sleep, forget it, walls are so thin we heard the guest next door snoring, and we wont talk about the dog in the room above!!!That only kept us awake one night.
This is the first time we have ever complained about a hotel, so you have been warned!!!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank swim2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 October 2010

Located going up the Igueldo, we found this good hotel. Not modern and not quaint.

What it is though is simple and clean, and a good and scenic walk into the centre. Good value.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank twofourseven
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 October 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Avenida for 3 nights in September. We ended up there as we were visiting during the film festival and more centrally located hotels were full. Hotels in San Sebastian are very expensive and we were paying a rate for the Avenida that would get you a room in a four star hotel in a lot of other places. Comparing the hotel price with the rates at other hotels in the city it still represented good value. I think that had we been visiting at a quieter time for the city that we would have got a cheaper rate at the Avenida. The hotel also has free parking which should be factored in as the more central hotels will charge a daily rate for parking.

The hotel is a good thirty minute walk from the Old Town and is up a fairly steep hill so if you have limited mobility then this might not be the place for you. It is easy to check exactly where the hotel is located before you book so I would not mark the place down purely because it is a bit further from the centre of things. The beach is about a 10 minute walk away. The benefit of being a bit further out is that you get free parking and the hotel is in a quiet area so there is less disturbance at night.

The receptionist was really helpful. We arrived very early and did not expect to get into our room for some time. The receptionist went out of her way to make sure the room was ready within half an hour of us arriving and was apologising that we had a short wait - even though we arrived a good 4 hours ahead of the advertised check in time.

The room was clean and had a nice view down the hill to the town. The room had a fridge and safe but no telephone. The bathroom was spotless if a bit dated in its decor. The main drawback was the fact there is no air con. The rooms are south facing so get very hot and although there is a fan provided this doesn't make much of an impact. Duriung our stay we had two very warm days and a cooler day. The room didn't change much in temperature even when it cooled down outside.

The breakfast was a buffet. There was not a great deal to choose from but what was there was fresh and pleasant to eat. The hotel has no bar and although there is an excellent restaurant next door you do have to walk down into town for other bars/restaurants. The pool area at the hotel is very pleasant to sit and read a book at and the pool looked very clean.

All in all I would stay at the Avenida again (although not in high summer when the lack of air con could be a real problem).

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Woo4uk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 October 2009

A nice welcome and quick check in. Big room, great view from the big window. The buffet breakfast was OK, not a big variety, but satisfying. Nice air-conditioned lobby.
No WiFi in the rooms, only in the lobby. No air-condition in the rooms.
The location on the Mount Igueldo is great, but far about 20 Min. with a car from the City center. Bus service only every 30 Min. Good price value.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank yairlin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 July 2009

Desperately searching for a room last august, they proposed a nice and confortable double but with a "special" offer: we could only pay by cash, not by credit card. This obviously means that they didn't gave us any receipt or invoice at the end of our stay. My partner remembered the same thing happened to him on a previous stay many years ago. We didn't like this behaviour but decided to stay. Apart from this the hotel is nice, it is far from the centre and from the beach but the price is less expensive than many other hotels in Donostia.

Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
Thank Misurina
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 June 2009

we stayed in this hotel for 3 nights and eacn night we were disturbed by other guests arriving in the early hours and talking in very loud voices and their pet dogs barking. the walls are very thin and we could hear everything. the room was ok and we didn't mind the walk down to the beach but it would have been useful to have information about buses passing the hotel etc as we were on foot all the time.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank shelleylea
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these San Sebastian - Donostia hotels
0.8 mi away
Barcelo Costa Vasca
Barcelo Costa Vasca
#7 of 52 in San Sebastian - Donostia
1,954 reviews
0.2 mi away
NH Collection San Sebastian Aranzazu
NH Collection San Sebastian Aran...
#5 of 52 in San Sebastian - Donostia
1,469 reviews
0.6 mi away
Mercure Monte Igueldo
Mercure Monte Igueldo
#18 of 52 in San Sebastian - Donostia
1,453 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.6 mi away
Hotel Astoria 7
Hotel Astoria 7
#6 of 52 in San Sebastian - Donostia
1,651 reviews
2.3 mi away
Hotel Record
Hotel Record
#14 of 52 in San Sebastian - Donostia
352 reviews
1 mi away
Hotel Palacio de Aiete
Hotel Palacio de Aiete
#20 of 52 in San Sebastian - Donostia
607 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hotel Avenida? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel Avenida

Address: Paseo de Igueldo 55, 20008 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Phone Number:
Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range: £32 - £153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Avenida 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, LoveHolidays, Ebookers, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly and 5viajes2012 S.L. so you can book your Hotel Avenida 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:
Avenida San Sebastián Donostia

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing