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“Hondarribia? You must stay here!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Obispo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Plaza del Obispo, 20280 Hondarribia, Spain   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Hondarribia
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Co.Durham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Hondarribia? You must stay here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Stayed at the Obispo late Aug in the lovely little Basque town of Hondarribia. The Obispo is situated in the old part of town, surrounded by typical Basque style houses, narrow cobbled streets and lovely plazas, where a few low key cafes/bars/restaurants offer a well deserved relax. The old town's church forms an impressive focus on the Hondarribian skyline. It is situated next to the 5* Parador.
Down the hill a 5 min walk takes you into the town itself- 3 main streets which are not long, with a few shops and lots of Pinxtos bars. The presentation of these snacks (both hot and cold) is tremendous, washed down with a glass of txakoli ( a light white wine poured from a height to get some fizz in!). There is a great vibe here and the buzz lasts all evening with an eclectic mix of people.
Hondarribia has a sizeable beach with another bigger one in Hendaye (France), reachable over the river Bidesoa by a 7 min ferry. Hondarribia is surrounded by the Pyrenees and overlooked by the impressive Mt Jaizkibel. Catching the bus to San Sebastian is easy. Take the E21 with 'AP' sign ( Autopista) displayed on the window. The bus stop is a mere trundle down the steps from the Obispo.
The Obispo is tremendous. The staff are very curteous and helpful. The rooms are spacious and breakfast is served on a delightful terrace/ courtyard. A great way to start your day! After an evening trawling the Pinxtos bars it was lovely to come back to the Obispo and relax with one of Victor's famous Mohitos, made from fresh mint of course! A Ms Olazabal deserved a special mention on the reception desk, so friendly and offered great advice. Overall a great time and would definately stay here again if ever in the region.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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English first
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

We had a room on the top attic floor which was very roomy and quite comfortable, although my husband who is reasonably tall kept banging his head. The window was very small. The staff were friendly and happy to provide advice on eating places both tapas and restaurants.
The breakfast was OK with limited cereal (which is not unusual in European hotels); however the eggs were freshly cooked and the juice was fresh.
The hotel was well priced considering its location and there was excellent tapas to be had not too far away. The hotel had no lift which may be an issue for some, especially for those having to carry luggage to the top floor as no help was offered by staff.
Overall I would be happy to stay there again but probably not in the attic.




  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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carrickfergus
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Welcoming reception staff and a nice room overlooking a convivial square. Perhaps a little too convivial late at night when local revellers revelled! But there was a good powerful air conditioning system which allowed us to close the window. . Good breakfast and convenient free car parking.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Superb location in the old town. Lovely rooms full of character. Very friendly English speaking staff. Excellent breakfast with fresh cooked to order eggs for 10 euros. Why stay at the Parador, when you can stay here for half the price? Don't bother with the fancy expensive restaurants in town, like Sebastian's, go to the first one on thye left right next to the door of the hotel for an excellent 3 course set menu for 20 Euros including bread water and wine! To find the hotel, go past the airport and continue straight across roundabouts until you pass a school on your left. Hotel is signed up narrow lane on your left immediately after the school. Stop at the barrier and press the intercom button. Outstanding!

  • Stayed October 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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Hengelo, Overijssel, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

Hondarabbia is a historical little town at the atlantic, next to french border.
The hotel is situated on a higher part, giving glimpses of the port.
Nice indoor terrace and friendly service in a historical building. Comfortable and clean rooms.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This (15th century fort) is a lovely place to stay in Hondaribbia and excellently located for walking to just about everywhere. We dined at the Sebastian restaurant and the fabulous Michelin starred Alameda - both less than 5 minutes away and a short wander downtown on the third night was no hardship. The bus stop for a twenty minute ride into San Sebastian is just beneath the hotel and the old town has to be one of the prettiest in Spain. Champagne cocktails in the Parador bar next door set us up nicely before dinner each night. A truly delightful and restful place for three days. Lovely, courteous staff at the Obispo and parking out the front . Perfect.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Me and my girlfriend had a little break which included visiting Biarritz, San Sebastian and Hondarribia. We normally stay in independant apartments but glad we chose the Obispo. Little tricky findintg the place if you make a wrong turn but by asking one of the locals they will point you in the right direction. The hotel is like a medieval fort but modernized slightly. as other reviews have pointed out the staff spoke good english and were very helpful.

The room was amazing and the large arched windows looking out onto the river seperating france was really nice. there is an airport over the river but i think it went once a day? dosn't even bother you.

breakfast was very nice and delivered straight to the room whenever you want it. the staff when we checked in also gave us 2 complimentary drink vouchers which they actually bought up to our room when we asked which was really nice of them.

I would definitely recommend the Obispo if you are staying in Hondarribia

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: Plaza del Obispo, 20280 Hondarribia, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Guipuzcoa Province > Hondarribia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Hondarribia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Obispo 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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