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Hotel Villa Soro
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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134 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Classy”
Reviewed 4 April 2010

Villa Soro is a classy small hotel. The website does not do it justice. It has wonderful street appeal, we had a superior room and opted for the breakfast option too. The room was lovely, in the Villa rather than the newer part at the rear. Immaculately clean, good breakfast, lovely staff ready to assist. Walking distance to Arzak, close to the beaches for walking and running and great restaurants all within easy strolling distance. San Sebastian itself is a beautiful town and Villa Soro was the perfect choice for us as it is small and has that personal touch you don't get at larger establishments.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2010

We spent a weekend at the hotel. We had a superior room and it was more than I expected. I would rate it with five stars. The staff is very professional and helpful. The quality of the room is superb. The staff at breakfast could not be more attentive. I think is a great option and good value for money compare with other hotels which lack in personality.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Acheres
2 reviews
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Reviewed 22 January 2010

This hotel is like a dream..Small, quiet, nice rooms, nice staff...evertyhing excellent!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Utila, Honduras
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Reviewed 6 December 2009

villa soro is a beautiful old world hotel. our room (in the old part of the hotel) was attractive and very comfortable. all the public areas are pretty, nicely furnished and relaxing. the breakfast was good and all the staff we met were very professional. the hotel is within 5 minutes walk of the lovely arzak and alona berri restaurants and within 10-15 minutes walk of the old town pintxos bars and main beach. a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2009

This hotel is simply stunning. The rooms and public areas are immaculate without being cold and stark. In fact, the hotel has a cosy ambience with fresh flowers in the entrance and magazines scattered in the sitting room. The staff are unobtrusive, yet seem to appear out of nowhere if you need anything. The deal we had included breakfast, allowing us to take it in our rooms for no extra cost. It came served on a tray with linen napkins and plenty of food. Our room was in the stable block and we had a small terrace which would be lovely to take full advantage of in the summer. The room was spacious with all the amenities you would expect from a 4 star hotel. The bathrooms are sumptuous with lots of goodies to pamper yourself with.

The hotel is located about 20 minutes walk from the centre of town. We didn't mind at all as it's one of the loveliest hotels we've stayed in and can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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leicetershire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2009

stayed at Villa Soro for five nights to celebrate his 50th birthday. From the moment we arrived at the airport and were met by the taxi driver arranged by the hotel, we were very well looked after. The hotel is an elegant, yet homely place with fantastic helpful staff. Check in was efficient. The rooms are clean, spacious and quiet, even though ours was facing the road into San Sebastian and we left our window open at night. We had breakfast in our room and it was more than adequate. Villa Soro is a good 15 minute walk into San Sebastian and we enjoyed this aspect. You can walk along the seafront promenade into the old town. We ate on the quay one afternoon and the turbot and bottle of Rioja were fantastic! We also visited a number of tapas bars and as previous reviews have stated the standard is very high. They are bustling places after about 7.30 at night. The La Cuchara was our favourite were we sampled a selection of the hot items off the menu all delicious. We also visited Martin Berteguisi (incorrect spelling i think) as a special treat and had a fantastic dining experience from his tasting menu (not cheap but well worth it). The restaurant staff were attentive, and brought out a cake with a candle for my husband. Martin even came out and we had photographs with him, a signed menu and dinner plate, all in all a perfect evening. Unfortunately we had to cancel our planned trip to Exteberri so that will be included in our next trip, because i fully intend to return. San Sebastian has it all, the beautiful green scenery (it did rain on and off during our stay), three beaches, panoramic views, romantic walks, the bustling old town with the tapas bars and restaurants and the new town with great retail! We were in town at the same time as the film festival and i was relieved that i had not booked into the Maria Christina as the hotel was constantly surrounded by paparazzi. We did see Brad Pitt though!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2009

Normally not one to write reviews, I felt compelled to express my concerns about this Hotel following our recent visit. We booked our trip to San Sebastian a few days prior to arriving, staying in a standard room. Based on the images of the hotel on the website we arrived with certain expectations. These were soon shattered when we were directed to a ground floor room in the quarters behind the main building. Whilst the room was relatively large, it was also relatively empty. Worse was the fact that the only natural light into the room was through the glass panel in the door. However, these are apparently not the worst rooms in the hotel as there are a number in the basement of the main building.

When we approached the staff to express our concern over what we believed to be a misrepresentation of the hotel, they (he) effectively dismissed us. We were told we could pay an increased rate for one night and the leave the next day or simply suffer a cancelation fee and go.

In summary, we had only chosen to stay at the Villa Soro as a result of our late booking. In hindsight, if we had been able to book further in advance the Luxury Collection Hotel (in the middle of town) would of offered both a "cheaper" (yes, cheaper!) alternative as well as what I would expect to be a far higher level of service.

Overall, one of the most disappointing "Luxury" hotels that I've experienced in Europe.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Soro
Address: Avda de Ategorrieta 61, 20013 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#2 Luxury Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#2 Romantic Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#3 Green Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#7 Business Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Soro 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Soro ocupa 2 edificios de estilo clasico, uno de los cuales fue construido en 1898 y ha sido declarado Patrimonio Historico de San Sebastian. Se proporciona conexion Wi-Fi gratuita.Todas las habitaciones disponen de minibar con bebidas sin alcohol, reproductor de DVD y ducha y banera independientes. Presentan un diseno individual de lujo, y algunas estan decoradas con obras de arte de Jorge Oteiza. Se ofrece un servicio de habitaciones con platos locales.El Villa Soro tiene aparcamiento privado gratuito y esta rodeado de arboles y de casas senoriales.El hotel cuenta con gimnasio y ofrece bicicletas y toallas de playa gratuitas. Ademas, dispone de salones amplios y una chimenea.La playa de la Zurriola, el palacio de congresos y auditorio Kursaal y el casco antiguo se encuentran a pocos pasos ... more   less 
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Soro Hotel San Sebastián Donostia

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