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Barcelo Costa Vasca
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   15 Avenida Pio Baroja, 20008 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain   |  
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18 hotel reviews
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“A nice stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

While I was there the hotel was undergoing some renovations, I can't say that this ruined the experience however of course it is not the best option. The rooms are tidy and very clean, the bathroom as well. I also enjoyed the breakfast a lot. If you don't mind walking you can roam around the city on foot. If I ever went at San Sebastian again definitely I will use this hotel

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Excellent quality large hotel a pleasant 30 min walk along the beach to the old part of San Sebastian, Has car hire on site which was handy, although it was closed on Sunday when we wanted to leave, so we had to pay for an extra 24 hours rental, plus expensive 24 hours parking! The room and bathroom were really good, the pool and pool facilities excellent, there is a very small fitness room and a spa with amazing massage therapists, for rainy days! Also, we didn't want a full breakfast buffet, so it was great to have the option of (really nice) coffee and croissants very cheaply in the bar.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bilbao, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

it is a good old, well renovated hotel. Fairly good service, great breakfast, comfortable room,...I have not checked the spa and gym but the outdoors pool is a must in good weather. Well located, close to the beach in the most beautiful city in the world !!!

Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Most reviews on here are bemoaning the car park costs - happily we took the train from Madrid and a taxi from the station (7 Euro) so no such issues with us.

The location isn't great for the centre of town but we thought it was fine. It sits atop a quite steep hill with the La Concha Beach about a 5 minute walk away. The hub of the town is a 20 minute walk but that was fine - our weather was great and the scenery marvelous.

The hotel was a more business than tourist but that just meant it was professional and efficent. We stayed in room 607 which was on a corner and had a larger balcony as a result. The room was large with twin beds shoved togther to make a double. There is also a desk to do your business and a pricey mini-bar which we quickly cleared out to make way for our Aldi bargains!

The bathroom was lovely with twin sinks but no lock on the door! The shower was good although ours dribbled a bit. There was a good offering of freebie toiletries including toothbrushes and show shine sponges.

The out of town location meant it was peaceful at night and we had no trouble sleeping after the walk home from town and nightcap in the bar below.

The hotel has a spa which was didn't use but it did have a nice pool and free loungers.

The breakfast here was excellent and I took full advantage of the piles of fruit and cakes. There was also some fried options although the thick cut bacon didn't appeal. There is a chef on hand to make up your own choices at no extra cost and he did me a great cheese and chorizo omlette. They also offer Cava and wine if you need the hair of the dog. There were also lots of drink options including Netpresso cartridges and a selection of tea bags and chocolate powders.

The hotel also does an evening meal option of 3 courses for 14 Euros. This is posted daily in the lift and I think it suffered from poor translation as we weren't tempted too often. When we did go it was excellent with my 'chicken thigh' a great crispy offering with a potato gratin and a mushroom suace - and I don't usually like mushrooms! This was great quality and value with the wine in the 10 Euro range.

The bar is massive with plenty of TVs and a pool table. The drink was reasonably priced as were the bar snacks. I had an excellent beef and mash that just fell apart in the mouth for 12 Euros.

We stayed a week here and personally I'd have been happy to move in permanantly. As mentioned it is a bit out of town but as a jogger this gave me more routes and there is plenty to explore.

Well recomended - as long as you leave the car!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Staff friendly enough on checking into hotel, Hotel is a business and conference hotel not really a holiday hotel, We were informed of twenty euros for car park a day but the receptionist said she would do a deal and charge only fifteen euros. I do think charging for car parking in a hotel with plenty of parking spaces for the hotel is greed and the hotel was not cheap to stay .
The hotel is about 20 minutes walk into the old part of San sebastain, it is a very pleasant walk and lovely scenery on the walk down and San sebastains bay is beautiful . But for those who struggle to walk far it is a slight hill on the walk back to the hotel, but taxi are very easy to get in san sebastain .The hotel room was small but clean, the shower didn't work very well and the air con was a waste of space, we did report it and was asured it was being looked at but the air con never changed in the 3 nights of our stay, we didnt sleep very well due to the heat in the room.The Tv didnt have a single english channel, breakfast is expensive in the hotel but you can get simple food and coffee at the hotel bar for a reasonable price .

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just returned with my wife after a 5 night stay. Our room,service and food all excellent. The special menu, changed daily, of 3 courses for 14 Euros is great value for money and we were not able to find anything similar in San Sebastian itself although the restaurants that we tried
were all very good.Yes, the hotel is a liitle way out of the main town but the beach is 10 minutes walk away with the main town a further 10 minute walk.The number 16 bus which stops outside the hotel takes you into the main town and costs 1.45 Euro single (taxi fare 7 Euro single journey).If you have walking problems,then this may not be the hotel for you but if you enjoy a very pleasant walk after the very good breakfast that this hotel provides,then go for the Barcelo Costa Vasca
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We arrived at the beginning of September for a week. The first thing that came up was the price of the parking in front of the hotel - €20 a day. The receptionist kindly offered an option of the underground parking - €25(!!!) which I thought was a joke... but it wasn't. The rooms, although clean, had no tv in other language than Spanish. The shower cabin was leaking all over the bathroom floor. The walls in the hotel rooms must be made of paper because you can hear everything and I mean everything. The thing that annoyed me the most was the fact that the cleaners in the morning did not try to keep the noise down, so if you come here for a holiday and like to sleep in, you can forget about it or get yourself ear plugs. For the price we've paid it was not a good experience - won't be coming back.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15 Avenida Pio Baroja, 20008 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Location: Spain > Basque Country > Guipuzcoa Province > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#5 On the Beach Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#7 Business Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#8 Luxury Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#8 Family Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#13 Romantic Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Costa Vasca 4*
Number of rooms: 203
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barcelo Costa Vasca**** hotel is a landmark in San Sebastian, it is located 7 minutes by foot to Ondarreta Beach and 15 mins from the famous creation by the sculptor Eduardo Chillida "El Peine del Viento". Discover the city's historical and traditional side by enjoying a few tapas in the old Basque quarter or enjoy all the glamour of our city, taking a pleasant stroll, with magnificent views of the La Concha Bay. For the summer season (1 July to 31 August) we offer you 2500 m² of garden area to enjoy, where you can relax with a cocktail in our Swim Bar or cool yourself down in our semi-Olympic sized swimming pool. We also offer guests a convenient car park situated at the hotel entrance. Furthermore, during your stay you can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. ... more   less 
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Barcelo Costa Vasca Hotel San Sebastian - Donostia
Barcelo San Sebastián Donostia
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