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“A hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Iriarte Jauregia Hotel
Eliz Bailara, 8 (Bidania-Goiatz), 20496 Bidania, Spain   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bidania
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

You really have to want to go to Iriarte Jauregia Hotel. It is not easy to find, and not easily accessible from the traditional tourist routes. But that is probably what makes it so spectacularly special. Please do not go here if you have small children or if you are looking for a social scene. Please do go here if you enjoy peaceful vistas, hiking, incredible fresh meals, outstanding local Spanish wines, and privacy. It is a dreamlike setting amongst the rolling hills and is surrounded by sheep/cow/pig farms (scent included!). What a delightful place, and the fact that the hotel itself is gorgeously designed is a bonus.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

A huge country house converted into a unique small hotel with authentic old architecture and contemporary interiors, in an efficient and functional but very pleasant and elegant way. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, personal and helpful, the surroundings are rustic with forests, pastures and farmhouses. Wifi very efficient, with a wonderful restaurant with tasting menu. Comfortable beyond dreams. We came here to enjoy the restaurants of Bilbao and San Sebastian, but also to get away from the urban bustle. The drive to the Riarte is adventurous. Definitely will return here for another stay.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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39 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is an excellent place to stay if you want quiet. The room we had was nice and spacious with good bathroom and very clean.
We eat in the Resturant three nights and the food and service was outstanding.
The grounds are very nice, it would be nice to have some sun loungers though.
Breakfast is good.
Can recommend

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Colne Engaine, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is a fantastic hotel. The accommodation is first rate, the staff are extremely polite ,helpful and charming. The setting is idyllic and peaceful.
We recently stayed here. We had a standard room that was clean, the bed huge and the ambiance and design was luxurious. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I recently had an operation on my shoulder and found the pillows were not supportive enough. I mentioned this to Ibran (the owner) and was immediately supplied with a tempra pillow from the superior room. What ever you need you just had to ask and it was provided with a smile, Ibran will get upset if you do not mention to him if something is not quite right.The food is first rate but you do not feel obliged to stay there and eat. The staff have a host of local recommendations ( the restaurant at Santa Marina is well worth a visit) and will happily make reservations for you.
The Hotel has been finished and designed to a very high standard and is located just outside a small quiet village. If peace and quiet ( and evening drinks overlooking a valley) is what you are after then this is a must place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

One of the best hotels and restaurants I have experienced. For the English speaking traveler in Northern Spain, the hotel staff was bi-lingual. The rooms were stylish and modern and the beds were great. The renovation is quite comfortable, from the bar to the reading room it was great. The front desk was very helpful in suggesting local hikes. The restaurant was so good that we experienced the entire menu over 3 nights. Each meal was delicious, and well presented. Waiters were terrific. The wine list was limited but the selection of Spanish wines was great. We all agreed that this was the very best hotel of our 10 day trip. We spent a day in nearby villages and Iriarte was convenient in terms of visiting other destinations.
Breakfast was wonderful, with endless cappuccino, great ham and fresh orange juice. Stepping outside the hotel to the fragrances of flowers and pine was delicious. I have no complaints and would happily return for a meal or another visit.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This boutique hotel was such a surprise. It is not what you'd expect to see amongst the goats in the countryside of Northern Spain. This is a stunning old palace that has been completely restored and fabulously decorated. It is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside and is a peaceful and tranquil place to stay. The rooms are spacious and luxurious. The restaurant is superb and really some of the most incredible food I've had at a boutique hotel of this size. They have an excellent selection of local wines. The breakfast is outstanding. If you're adventurous and don't mind the drive into San Sebastian (about 40 minutes) you can save money on what you'd normally spend for the same quality in the city. I'd advise you not to try and find this place in the dark, definitely plan to arrive during the day and don't rely on the GPS. Finding it the first time can be tricky but the locals in the town of Bidegoian can point you in the right direction. I will definitely be back. This was one of the highlights of my trip to Spain.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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179 reviews 179 reviews
104 hotel reviews
Reviews in 76 cities Reviews in 76 cities
430 helpful votes 430 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

In the middle of nowhere on winding roads through quaint little towns and you stumble of this place. It is a revelation. The absolute poster child for an upscale, swish boutique hotel.
I couldn't say enough good things about it. It is a destination hotel as there is not much of anything around there (except maybe for San Sebastian 45 minutes away or so).
Very romantic.

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Address: Eliz Bailara, 8 (Bidania-Goiatz), 20496 Bidania, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Guipuzcoa Province > Bidania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bidania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iriarte Jauregia Hotel is an elegant 17th century palace located in Gipuzkoa, in an impressive valley surrounded by woodlands and mountains and only 25 minutes from the centre of Donostia-San Sebastian. Its interior design is a product of carefully selected decor that brings together the past and the present to create an intimate, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. 19 Charming rooms with character. The only aim of the splendid views, the materials, textures, colours and each little touch is to make every stay an experience that is full of pleasant sensations. Luxury surrounded by nature. Thanks to its excellent location in the centre of the Basque Country, you can enjoy tranquillity and nature and also conveniently visit the main tourist attractions. Very good road links. Tolosa (10 km), Azpeitia (13 km) and only 25 minutes from the centre of Donostia-San Sebastian. Iriarte Jauregia has different areas which allow you to make the most of your stay. It has a large garden where you can relax in the shade of an ancient tree, have a drink on the terrace while you watch the sunset, or enjoy a tasty outdoor breakfast, weather permitting. Outdoor parking and free Wi-Fi connection. In its BAILARA Restaurant, led by Chef Enrique Fleischmann you will enjoy a signature cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Additionally, in the Snack Bar and the Library Room you will find a pleasant, laid back place to enjoy your favourite drink and the informal Quick & Easy menu. You will can enjoy luxury beauty and wellness treatments in the privacy of your room. Wellness, cuisine and relaxation. Four stars of complete comfort. Luxury surrounded by nature. ... more   less 
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