Went to San Sebastian for the first time at the end of June with two sons in their early 20's. Flew to Bilbao, caught a bus (Pensa) right outside the terminal and within an hour arrived at the bus station in San Sebastian which is right next to the Silken Amara. The reception staff were really helpful with check in and providing general advice on how to get into the Old Town (Parte Viaje)- you can walk, following the river, and get there in about 20 minutes, get the bus (from right outside the hotel) or grab a taxi (right outside the hotel) for 7 Euros. We had rooms on the 5th and 8th floors, and had no problems whatsoever. Comfy beds, great bathroom, mini bar etc, and complimentary tea/coffee from a machine on the 8th floor landing- (not sure about the other landings). We had not included breakfast when booking (thought 17 euros/person was a little on the high side), so took breakfast in town instead. However, we did have breakfast at the Silken on our final day, and it was very good indeed. The piano bar is great, and one of the best assets of this hotel is Jose (Louis Gomez), the barman, who is without doubt one of the most courteous and efficient guys I've ever encountered behind a bar- besides which, he knows how to serve up the best gin and tonic in the world! Try one!
Silken Amara comes highly recommended providing you don't mind being a little way from the action- we were there for 5 days, and it was never a problem- public transport here is efficient (take note UK!), the people of San Sebastian are great, the food is great, the beaches and town are a delight to explore and enjoy, and the overall experience is one not to be missed.(However, if you're expecting the 'pleasures' that the Costa del Sol etc have on offer, don't bother with this part of Spain!)
One word of advice for a previous reviewer- if you don't want to be disturbed by cleaning staff whilst you're in your room, try hanging the 'Do Not Disturb' sign on your door until you leave- it works wonders!
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