What a lovely, grand old hotel, restored inch-by-inch. A Starwood property, I think. Our room was huge, with lofty ceilings and a view of the river. Gigantic bed with crisp, white linens. The bathroom was just short of obscenely elegant. The bar was a great place for a quiet drink before hitting the streets for tapas and maybe dinner (ask the bartender to open the French doors and let the sea breeze in). The breakfast buffet was perfect, though most mornings we ended up taking juice and a croissant in a quiet square near the market. The hotel staff anticipates your every need. On our day of departure we left our baggage with the doorman, telling him that we were going for a stroll and would want a taxi at 1:00, please. When we returned, a private car and driver were waiting, and the doorman had our bags ready to go in the trunk.
If I had to dig up some criticisms, they would be these. First, if you want arctic-blast air conditioning, don't go to Europe. Neither this hotel nor any other will meet your needs. Second, security is weak.. Any credit card will operate the elevators, and there's a grand staircase that accesses every floor. But I don't think that matters: San Sebastian is just not a city where that would worry you, and there are always staff in the lobby keeping an eye on things.
I loved the hotel. And San Sebastian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Century of Elegance in San Sebastian - Since opening in 1912 the restored Hotel Maria Cristina has been closely linked to the history and cultural life of San Sebastian. The lavish Belle Epoque interior is filled with soaring columns, 19th-century portraits, rich silk brocades and glorious chandeliers making for a truly opulent experience.Experience gracious hospitality on a grand scale in the hotel's rooms and suites. Decorated in a sophisticated palette of greys and white, the rooms are a quiet haven of luxury. Style, technology and a dazzling range of services which combined make for an unforgettable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maria Cristina Hotel