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“Delightful hotel in the old city” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Palacete
Plaza de Gipuzkoa, 5, 20280 Hondarribia, Spain   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in Hondarribia
Seattle, Washington
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“Delightful hotel in the old city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Hondarribia is divided in two...the upper town and the lower town. Upper town is older and traffic free and is where you must find your way to the Hotel Palacete. Our GPS failed us here, but an amazingly nice local man walked in front of our car and led us to the door of the hotel. Parking is a little tricky since there is only one reserved space and that space was occupied by a local car, not a hotel guest. There is a carpark nearby, just all a bit challenging when you're new to town.

The hotel didn't disappoint. Rooms and baths are contemporary and cheerful and immaculately clean. The family that runs the hotel provides very friendly service and they do a very nice breakfast either inside or out the door on the adjoining terrace.
Be sure to visit the very helpful and nearby Tourist Information for helpful suggestions and explanations in English since very little is spoken locally.

For the lively restaurant scene, you walk to the lower town...about 10 minutes.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

What's more charming than touring an old walled city? Staying in a castle on the square which has all the modern conveniences and very nice service. We got the room with the big window overlooking the square which is a noisy playground around 5 pm when the kids get out of school and all the moms sit in a cafe to watch them play.

We chose the hotel because of an early morning flight, but the pinxcho bars are top notch and Honadarribia is another scenic stop in the Cote Basque tour.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Situated in a beautiful square in the old town, this small family-run hotel provided an excellent and very friendly service at a reasonable price. A short walk from restaurants in the town, both within the walls and outside. The beach at Hendaye is recommended accessed by frequent ferry service.

Room Tip: Ask for a view over the square, although on hot evenings the noise from the bar opposite may be anno...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We had a very nice room on the top floor overlooking one of the two plazas in the old city. The building is beautiful ancient building in the old city, very nicely renovated and with all modern conveniences. The staff really bent over backwards to help us get settled in and then get to the airport on time the next day. All for a reasonable price. I would look forward to returning another time.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Top hotel, fabulous location.
Book it now!
Although this was the smallest room we stayed in during 2 weeks in northern Spain it was clean, cosy and very cute.
I'd return in a flash!
Being in Hondarribbia helps but it really is a lovely place to spend a few nights.

Room Tip: Charming room overlooking courtyard
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

The Hotel Palacete is a hidden gem located on the edge of a pedestrian square in the heart of the medieval old town. The hotel is a modern adaption of a medieval house with access to the upper floors via a stone spiral staircase. Whilst vehicle access to the old town is restricted and parking is limited, the hotel does have a few allocated roadside spaces, so ask when you book in and you may be lucky. Otherwise, there is public parking a short walk away. The room was well presented, spacious and very clean. Our room was on the second floor and over looked the square. We stayed only one night, but would have stayed longer. There are only a few restaurants in the old town and they are expensive. Better to go down to the seafront where there are numerous and various types of restaurant. Breakfast was a little disappointing and if we had been staying another night we would probably and gone elsewhere. Nevertheless, we found the stay at Hotel Palacete to be excellent and would recommend it to our fellow travellers.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

We did not know what to expect here. The reviews seemed good and the location was perfect, but... We were so glad that we chose Hotel Palacete. The staff were delightfully helpful, the rooms were spacious, the hotel was quiet! We loved our stay here - except perhaps for the four days of rain! Our only problem was finding our way to the hotel - but if we had followed the signs it would not have been a problem. Our GPS let us down and tried to take us the wrong way.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Hotel Palacete

Address: Plaza de Gipuzkoa, 5, 20280 Hondarribia, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Guipuzcoa Province > Hondarribia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in Hondarribia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Palacete Hotel stands on the Gipuzkoa Square (also known as Plaza de las Cadenas), in Hondarribia City's historic centre that was declared a Historic Buildings Site. Opened in June 2003, the hotel occupies a building in a markedly medieval style (Casa Palacete or small palace) after which it is named. It keeps the traditional charm and sobriety of the palace, while offering all classes of amenities. ... more   less 
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