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Hotel Palacete
1.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Plaza de Gipuzkoa, 5, 20280 Hondarribia, Spain   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Hondarribia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Carmel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Room with a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed there on a Friday and Saturday night. There are three rooms for double occupancy that over look the small but totally charming plaza. Since it is a small hotel these three rooms are the best the hotel has to offer. It only has one star because there is no restaurant and no elevator but does have an old spiral stone staircase that adds charm. We thought the breakfast in their courtyard was very good for seven euros...including fresh squeezed orange juice, some wonderful Iberian ham, croissants, toast, butter, jam etc. and excellent coffee. The shaded courtyard comes in very handy for a beer or two after walking to the harbor and exploring the quaint city. Beware the Alameda restaurant is not nearly as good as some of the reviews claim.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Kearney, Nebraska
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72 hotel reviews
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We followed Rick Steve's advice that this "small fishing village" would be a good oplace to stay between San Sebastion and Bilboa. Hondarribia is 1)not small, 2)has multiple ways of spelling it, making it hard to follow signs. We were tired and frustrated and found a parking place, right next to the Hotel Placete sign. We had never heard of this hotel, and couldn't get trip advisor up (no wi-fi), so we had no idea if this was a good place or not.
The woman English speaking staffer put us at ease, showed us the rooms, and we were sold! Great balcony view, great breakfast in the AM.

Room Tip: Be ready to be frustrated trying to drive in the old town.
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Uppland
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53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 81 cities Reviews in 81 cities
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

In the middle of the old part of the town, at a very quiet location you can find this wonderful hotel. It is situated at an old square with beautiful houses, and one of the most beautiful is the hotel itself. We had a very nice room that had a balcony overlooking the square, and even though there were quite a lot of tourists around at daytime it was really quiet at night. Most of the restaurants and bars are in the modern part of town, only five to ten minutes walk from the hotel.
The receptionist spoke good English and made us feel very welcome. In the morning she served breakfast in the courtyard. The breakfast was nothing special, but the hotel itself, in an old palace was very nice.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Wallasey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

Great little hotel with a beautiful view onto a main square. Quiet location and interesting rooms set in a gatehouse with a beautiful winding old staircase. Excellent breakfasts served al fresco in the patio courtyard. Excellent place to stay.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

What a find! I do not understand why this hotel only has one star....it is very comfortable in a beautiful old square in the old walled city with no traffic. The staff our fantastic and nothing is too much trouble. Sat nav does not know where it is, but you will see signs on the road for he hotel. There is free parking.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Beautiful and excellent hotel in a small square with easy access to all there is to see in Hondarribia. Very friendly staff, who will go out of their way to help and give directions. Extremely clean and nicely decorated rooms. Very good breakfast.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Seattle, Washington
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Hotel Palacete

Address: Plaza de Gipuzkoa, 5, 20280 Hondarribia, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Guipuzcoa Province > Hondarribia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Hondarribia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Palacete 1*
Number of rooms: 9
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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Palacete Hotel Hondarribia

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