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“Lovely view and spacious room.”
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Hotel Avenida
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
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“Lovely view and spacious room.”
Reviewed 16 October 2012

The room was specious and clean and it had a lovely view. I didn't like the fact that the heater goes on automatically and there's no way to turn it off. We had to keep our window open because it was way too hot for us. The staff was not overly friendly. In a residential area and a hike to town.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Hotel Avenida has a lot of good qualities. It was one of the more affordable hotels in a pricey location. It had a nice small pool and area to sunbathe. The room was large with a well sized bathroom and powerful shower. It is not in the centre of San Sebastian but I really liked that about it. It was an enjoyable walk down to the beach and the main centre and a fairly regular bus for when you are feeling lazy. The only bad thing about this was that the bus stopped at 10:30pm at night and considering San Sebastian only comes alive after 9pm we ended up taking taxis back to the hotel at night. The wifi was also excellent quality.

There were a few bad qualities. There was no air conditioning in our room, just a fan which blew hot air around. This caused the room to get quite warm at night and this was out of the hot season. I am unsure if every room had this problem but the noise level was unbearable in the mornings. It was possible to hear showers being turned on, people closing (but what felt like banging) doors, people walking and talking down the corridors. This woke me up every morning and left me quite tired. After eating so much in the food haven of San Sebastian, I attempted to work some of it in the hotel's gym. The gym had 3 machines, only one of which (the treadmill) that had power attached to it. The treadmill was unbelievably slippy and impossible to walk never mind run on.

I think I would stay in this hotel again but it would be only for the low price in a pricey location.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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St Pierre D'Eyraud
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

This was a great choice of hotel for us on our recent stay in San Sebastian. It is located on a steep slope overlooking the town and from some rooms (one of which was ours) it overlooks the beautiful bay. It is about 10 minutes walk to the beach down the hill and as there is a local bus (number 16) that runs along the seafront and right past the front door of the hotel perfect for the trip back up from the beach! That bus runs twice every hour and runs the whole way down to the "old town".(fixed fare Euro1.45)
The rooms were adequate though small but spotless with good en-suite facilities. The lobby,pool and general areas were clean, bright and attractive and there was a good sized carpark which is free for residents (pay parking in the town near other hotels could cost up to Euro24 per day).
The staff deserve a special mention for their helpfulness as I managed to leave the headlights of my car on overnight, resulting in a flat battery but the staff managed to get jump-leads and the maintenance guy brought his own car around to give me a jump start!! Thanks again and very much appreciated.
The only downside was that there was no restaurant or bar on the premises although for a few hours in the early evening they did have a waitress to serve a drink or tea/coffee in the lobby. Having said that the town itself is brilliant with hundreds of bars and restaurants and a fantastic vibrant but safe atmosphere and a good "party" feeling. We will definitely be back again to San Sebastian and to Hotel Avenida.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view over town and bay.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

Avenida was the perfect choice for us. Located about 20 minutes walking from lively old town, the hotel is midway up a surrounding hill in Donostia. The view is gorgeous. The bathroom, with nice amenities, is separated from the main living area by a hallway that leads to a spacious bedroom. The lobby is pretty but not too active -- seems a bit under utilized by guests for as pretty as it is. However, after an bustling evening in old town the peacefulness was appreciated. You can use Wi-Fi on your own device for free or, if necessary, you can use one of the hotel's PCs for a small fee per hour. We did not take the full breakfast -- only coffee for 1.20 Euro per cup -- but the offering looked pretty good and the room was comfortable for chatting. The hotel is really a gem as it is quiet, well priced and nicely kept. The pool is good size and tranquil. We will stay here again on our next trip to San Sebastian.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2012 via mobile

Nestled part way on a hillside this hotel is spotlessly clean and very very quiet. It has little in the way of a bar or any sign of a snack service but is very old fashioned in its style. Nothing against that for me. The town perimeter is about 10 min. Walk and the beach about 15 min. It has a well equipt small fitness room and a beautiful out side Poole with a grass surround, unfortunately the weather was not with me to venture for a swim. I was in a first floor room and it had a clean bedroom of good size along with a very nice bathroom. A safe is provided in the room no charge. I did not take breakfast. There is a restraint next door which has a good reputation also you can take a drink here without driving. All you could expect for the money paid....... Ps I have posted the key back even managed to walk off with it being the size. Of a football .....sorry

Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

We had a most fabulous stay at this hotel in San Sebastian. It is located about a 10 minute walk to the beach (up / down a small slopey hill, so if you don't like walking, perhaps this may not be your place!). The hotel is very peaceful, perfect location to be just out of the tourist hustle and bustle of the town but close enough to walk to it. It is a 3 km walk into the central shopping area which was fine for us, but might like to be considered for those not as keen to go by foot. The staff were quite friendly and helpful, including providing the introductory map. Free parking was included in our deal, and breakfast also. We found the breakfast options to be quite limited, tricky to find healthy options and also non-bread options so I would hope they may improve on this, but still tasty none the less. The swimming pool is amazing - we spent two afternoons by the pool and there was no one else by it except us - similar to having your own swimming pool at home (which we don't have so this is really nice). The pool is surrounded by grass, and it is nice to ask for a pool view room. You can also see views of the bay and the hills from most of the rooms. There is a fitness centre, however only has cardio machines, a mat, and a multi purpose weights machine which is a bit broken / tricky to use so not really very useful. All in all we had a fabulous stay - and even extended our stay by an additional night as we loved it so much. HIghly recommended!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2012

After a bad start in San Sebastian in an overpriced tiny room near the centre, we came out here for a 2 night stay. It's on the far side of the bay but the views are great and it's about a 20min walk into the old town (there's also a bus). The room was very spacious with a big bathroom and a comfortable bed. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful. It has an outside pool, but unfortunately it was too cold outside to use it. Also has free parking which was a bonus and they serve breakfast till 11am. Next door is the excellent restaurant Rekondo. What's not to like?

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Avenida
Address: Paseo de Igueldo 55, 20008 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 50 Hotels in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Avenida 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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Avenida San Sebastián Donostia

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