María Cristina is, without a doubt, San Sebastián best hotel, by far, because of its history, charm, guests, location and rating (only *****GL hotel in the city).
The hotel was designed by Charles Mewes (author of Madrid and Paris Ritz hotels also) and opened in 1912. It represents the "belle epoque" of the city and it has been home of presidents, kings, politicians and cinema stars. Alfred Hitchock, Mata Hari, Leon Trotski, Audrey Hepburn, Steven Spielberg or Mick Jagger were some of its guests.
The location is very good, next to the Kursaal (home of the International Cinema Festival) and quite close to the Old Quarter (for pintxos) and La Concha beach.
Rooms are VERY spacious, bright and clean (see pictures), with lovely details of high class hotels, such as placing a small mat before the bed every evening and remove it every morning or complimentary umbrellas in the (frequent) event of rain/showers.
Bathrooms are huge and clean, although a little dated. Separate shower and bathtub, two sinks and bidet.
Staff are very helpful and skilled, as expected from a grand luxe hotels.
To sum up, still the best place to stay in San Sebastián, even if it's a little bit dated (especially if you get a good deal).
- Also Known As:
- Maria Cristina Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the recently renovated Hotel Maria Cristina San Sebastian, perfectly located in the heart of the city and a few meters away from the city center and the beach. With 136 comfortable rooms and suites, start a memorable morning at Easo restaurant with a delicious breakfast buffet, try the asiatic delights of Tse Yang restaurant and have a break in Dry Bar San Sebastian. Hotel Maria Cristina is the ideal place to live an unforgettable stay in a charming environment in San Sebastian. ... more less
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