We stopped in Getaria, just to look at the views and stroll the narrow streets and cobbled stairways of this romantic little village perched high on the rocky outcrop, with its calm sandy beach and harbour on one side and dramatic ocean surf beach on the other. Robina suggested that we look for a hotel, so we asked locals and they directed us up, away from the sea, back into the medieval heart of the town. We found Saiaz, a lovingly preserved stone facade with almost no signage, but a warm glow onto the alleyway. The Hotel sign promoted itself as a quiet place, a sanctuary.
We were lucky. A beautiful room on the top (3rd) floor with a panoramic view over the ocean. Spotless, with a tiny but efficient bathroom and a huge comfortable bed - nothing but the sound of waves breaking below.
The receptionist - in fact every staff member we met - gave us a warm welcome. They put up with our clumsy attempts at French, were genuinely interested that we had come all the way from New Zealand, wanted to engage when we wanted to, or left us alone to enjoy. I've stayed in very flash hotels where the staff could have taken lessons from these good people.
So we've got noting but fond memories of room 31, and the fresh, sunny breakfast next morning. I thoroughly recommend a night or two at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small Hotel set in renovated XVth century stone walls. Located inside the village old town, with best Views to the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saiaz Hotel Getaria
- Getaria Saiaz Hotel