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“Good price, location and clean - great choice” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostal Alemana
San Martin, 53 - 10, 20007 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain   |  
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“Good price, location and clean - great choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

A 'boutique' style hostal - room was very comfortable and modern with all that you could need - including a good range of toiletries (sewing kit appreciated!) - one of the better decked out hostal (or hotel) we've stayed in. Our room was directly outside the reception desk and overlooked the street - with a nice view. No noise from the reception area but there is a a bit of street noise so be prepared to deal with the late night revellers coming along the street. Location is perfect for walking around San Sebastian and is close to restaurants, shopping and the beach. We were able to easily walk to the train station with our luggage from here too. Perfect if only staying a few days in San Sebastian and really just need somewhere to sleep. Lacks a bit of atmosphere so not really a place you would be hanging out.

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tarbes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This is one of the nicest "hostels" I've been to. It is located just a few meters from "La Concha beach" the biggest beach in the city and rooms are comfortable and modern. In the room you have a TV set, a mini bar, a trouser press, and air conditioning and sometimes a great balcony. The street in front of the hotel is a bit noise, specially if your room is located near the street. The personnel was very helpful and nice! If I go back to St. Sebastian this summer I will choose this hostel. A great price and a great experience.

Room Tip: If your room is located just in front of the street, take some earplug protection
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lliber, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Really smart hostal, very clean and modern rooms, even had a trouser press! Maybe overpriced for a hostal though. We were with friends and both the bedrooms were affected by outside street noise. It was perfectly placed for the beach and the old town and shopping. We had breakfast at the place which was adequate. We also used their garage facilities as our car was loaded up after returning from the UK after Christmas so we wanted to keep our car and belongings safe. The garage was just a block away under another hotel but cost us 20€. We loved San Sebastian and would certainly recommend the hotel as the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Really nice hostal with large very clean and modern rooms. Excellent location near the beach and a short walk to the old town. We had an internal room which had frosted windows as there was no view, it was facing an internal roofed area. This made the room a bit stuffy however there was air conditioning and the room was quiet with no street noise. Not cheap but then San Sebastian is the most expensive city in Spain but still my favourite city in Europe.

Room Tip: If you want a quiet room choose an internal one but there will be no view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Really liked this hotel, which was excellently located for the beach, and was a short walk to the shops/old town.
The decor in the bedrooms is contemporary which I loved. We got a corner room which was very spacious (lovely high ceilings) but unfortunately the downside of it was the street-noise. Additionally there was a lot of overhead noise from what sounded like a family living upstairs.
We ate breakfast on one morning and it was very good.
There was always someone working on the front-desk and we found the staff here very helpful.
Added bonus - free wifi, definitely a requirement for researching how to pass rainy days in San Sebastian!!

Room Tip: Presumably the benefit of a corner room is the size but avoid if you are a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This hostel is in an excellent location close to the beach. The main issue was the price - hotel prices for what is really just a hostel. The hotel was clean and felt safe. The beach is less than 2 mins away and the old town is a nice 10 min walk along the sea front. It can be noisy in the mornings, the windows didn't seem to close properly. If you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I agree with another comment that San Sebastian is expensive - yes for accommodation this seems to be the case. This place is called hostal because it does not offer all the things that hotels typically offer and yet of the 11 hotels we stayed in during our long-ish trip in Spain, it was by far the most expensive. Nevertheless, the location is top, even has a tiny bit of beach view, the rooms are large and the bed - was a dream. Best bed I ever slept in. Service was absolutely correct, if one remembers that it is a hostal. Try not to have a car because the parking will cost your more than copious amounts of pinxos. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Martin, 53 - 10, 20007 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Guipuzcoa Province > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
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Hostal Alemana Hotel San Sebastian - Donostia
Hostal Alemana San Sebastián Donostia

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