We decided to have a splurge for two nights before returning home. The drive here was spectacular despite the rain, wonderful scenery. Warm welcome from very professional, friendly staff. Very attractive building. We had chosen a superior room. It was a large, corner room with a beautiful beamed ceiling and two windows, each of which gave stunning views. There was a big, bright bathroom, also with lovely views. We had a huge, comfortable bed with attractive draperies and there was a a dining chair in front of the television and a bigger chair in the corner. Both looked attractive and matched the decor but were extremely uncomfortable to sit on, no support whatsoever. We were not on business but, like many people travelling, wanted to use our laptop. This could only be achieved by scrambling on the floor under the table and unplugging either the television or desk lamp. Downstairs, we had a snack in the bar. It was nicely presented and served but it was warm rather than hot so not so enjoyable. We discussed the menu for the following evening with a very nice staff member but there was very little for vegetarians. I don't think a plate of grilled vegetables is very imaginitive. Here also, the seating looked nice but was very uncomfortable. We decided we didn't want to stay for two nights and managed to arrange this through Booking.com. The staff were sympathetic but seemed genuinely surprised that we wanted to leave early. If only some more thought had gone into choosing chairs that not only looked nice but were comfortable and if only the chef was more considerate of vegetarians we would have had a memorable stay. Instead we left feeling very disappointed that our plans for a touch of luxury had gone awry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iriarte Jauregia Hotel is an elegant 17th century palace located in Gipuzkoa, in an impressive valley surrounded by woodlands and mountains and only 25 minutes from the centre of Donostia-San Sebastian. Its interior design is a product of carefully selected decor that brings together the past and the present to create an intimate, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. 19 Charming rooms with character. The only aim of the splendid views, the materials, textures, colours and each little touch is to make every stay an experience that is full of pleasant sensations. Luxury surrounded by nature. Thanks to its excellent location in the centre of the Basque Country, you can enjoy tranquillity and nature and also conveniently visit the main tourist attractions. Very good road links. Tolosa (10 km), Azpeitia (13 km) and only 25 minutes from the centre of Donostia-San Sebastian. Iriarte Jauregia has different areas which allow you to make the most of your stay. It has a large garden where you can relax in the shade of an ancient tree, have a drink on the terrace while you watch the sunset, or enjoy a tasty outdoor breakfast, weather permitting. Outdoor parking and free Wi-Fi connection. In its BAILARA Restaurant, led by Chef Enrique Fleischmann you will enjoy a signature cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Additionally, in the Snack Bar and the Library Room you will find a pleasant, laid back place to enjoy your favourite drink and the informal Quick & Easy menu. You will can enjoy luxury beauty and wellness treatments in the privacy of your room. Wellness, cuisine and relaxation. Four stars of complete comfort. Luxury surrounded by nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iriarte Jauregia Hotel Spain/Bidania