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“Good Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Pension Ondarra
Secundino Esnaola, 5-1, 20001 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain   |  
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Perth
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Pension Ondarra is well located approximately 300m from the beach and a 10 minute walk to the old town (for pintxos madness). As previous posters have said it is quite a hard entrance to find as we didn't know about the "P" on a doorway that signifies a Pension.

We were greeted by the owner who gave us some handy hints for Donostia. The room was clean and functional as was the bathroom. There were shutters on the windows this helped to keep the majority of the street noise out.

If I were ever back in Donostia I would stay at the Pension Ondarra again.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Fontainebleau, France
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36 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This is basically an office that was converted into a small pension. Some bad and good points should be mentioned, but all in all - very good value for money.

The good:
Even though the check-in times are relatively short, there is always someone to check you in at a short notice.
Complimentary Nespresso machine, tea and milk
Very friendly concierge who gave us fantastic dinner recommendations.
10 minutes walk from the city center and the old town

The bad:
No parking at all in the neighborhood.
The rooms quite small, and the lavatory is not sufficiently separated from the bedroom
The noise insulation between the rooms is far from perfect

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Goring by Sea
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Never stayed in a Pension before so was not expecting too much. Finding this Pension was difficult. The driving was Ok but the entrance is not easily found. We were put off going up the stairs to find it as it is on the first floor. There are only 5 rooms, and we had pre-booked a balcony so we had room 101. Wonderful room, reasonable size with a great balcony and large bathroom. It was spotlessly clean and modern in all areas. Free tea, coffee and water all day in reception area was an unbelievable bonus and was the only location out of 9 hotels in Spain that gave this facility. Excellent location close to beaches and city centre. Rasa the receptionist could not have been more helpful, and also the owner. Our only disappointment was car parking which when we booked we had private parking. On arrival this was no longer available but the Pension had arranged public underground parking for a reduced fee. The car park was a fair distance away when carrying luggage etc. We would recommend this Pension to anyone.

Room Tip: When booking ask for Room 101.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

My fiance and I had a great experience at Pension Ondarra. The staff was very friendly and the rooms were very bright, clean and modern. We arrived in San Sebastian very late on a train from Madrid and the desk staff was happy to stay late until we have arrived. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, UK
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90 reviews 90 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

As other reviews have said; clean, simple, modern and fantastic value for money. The water and coffee machines in the reception are a brilliant idea. We accidentally left a personal item in our room and checked out of the hotel, and they posted it to us in the UK. Now that's service!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ireland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We loved our stay in Pension Ondarra! Our room (101) was bright, modern and spacious, and had a lovely little balcony overlooking the street. The bathroom was huge, and with a fantastic shower. Location is great, in the Gros district, close to several amazing pinxto bars, and lots of shops. The surfers beach is a 5-minute walk away, and the old town is less than 10 minutes away. Staff were really friendly and helpful, providing a really handy guide to pinxto bars and restaurants in San Sebastian. They were also extremely helpful when my boyfriend hurt his back, giving us directions to the local hospital, and even volunteering to help translate over the phone if we had any language difficulties! The free coffee and water was also a nice bonus! We will definitely be back to visit wonderful San Sebastian, and we will definitely stay in Pension Ondarra when we do!

Room Tip: Room 101 is the biggest room of the five, and it's one of the few that has a balcony, so definit...
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Mitcham, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We only stayed here for one night but could easily stayed longer. The rooms are very modern and we stayed in room 101 which was very spacious. The rooms are very tastefully fitted with modern furnishings. Staff and location were great and the coffee machine a big plus!

Room Tip: 101 is very spacious
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pension Ondarra

Address: Secundino Esnaola, 5-1, 20001 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Guipuzcoa Province > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SUMMER RATES OPEN AT OUR WEBSITE!! This modern, minimalist guest house is situated in San Sebastian's Gros neighbourhood. Playa Zurriola Beach and the Kursaal Congress Centre are just 5 minutes' walk away. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Pension Ondarra's smart, air-conditioned rooms are bright and predominantly white. They feature parquet flooring, heating and soundproof walls, and are equipped with a small work desk and a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a balcony with city views. The stylish bathrooms have a shower. The centre of San Sebastian and Playa de la Concha Beach are only 10 minutes' walk from Ondarra hotel. San Sebastian railway station is less than 10 minutes' walk away, and the bus station is 2 km away. Pension Ondarra can provide a discount for a public parking available nearby. ... more   less 
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