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“Probably Nicest Hotel in San Sebastian” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian

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Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Probably Nicest Hotel in San Sebastian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Maria Cristina for three nights in October 2012.

Room
The rooms are a little on the small side, but we were pleased overall. Excellent bed, good amenities. Very clean. Great views.

Location
It doesn't get any better in San Sebastian. Walking distance to the best pincho bars and shopping. Less than a 10 minute drive to the Michelin 3 star restaurants.

Service
Nothing memorable, but I'd classify it as solid. Concierge recommendations were spot on.

Hotel Bar
Some of the best cocktails we had in Spain.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

My girlfriend and I were in Sab Sebastian for 2 weeks and while we loved eating a small breakfast at street corner cafes, one morning we felt like having a big, American breakfast. We decided to check out this hotel for a breakfast restaurant. We were very impressed. it cost about $30 a person, and although that is expensive, considereing where we were and what we were eating it was not that bad. I am a huge fan of breakfast and really good breakfast buffets and this was the best. It had every sort of imaginable food and freshly squeezed juices you could ever want. Sometimes at large breakfast buffets, the quality of food is not there, but that is not the case for this place. The food was great. The service was great, They seemed a little confused at first that we didn't have a room, but they had no problem with it. I guess since we weren't wearing bathing suits and flip flops as it was a very nice setting. This probably isn't the most helpful review for a hotel but I just had to let people know the breakfast buffet was fantastic.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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181 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

I don't usually write reviews for large, corporate 'chain' hotels, but the staff at Maria Christina made our stay so enjoyable, and the King Bed River view room was SO comfortable, I just want to highly recommend the hotel if you are in San Sebastian. Great location in the Old Town near all the great Tapas Bars. The concierge did a fantastic job of highlighting which Tapas Bar are know for which food. All in all a great hotel.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

The Hotel Maria Cristina is a fantastic hotel located on the edge of the Parte Vieja(Old Town). The building is absolutely amazing and very grand. The staff were very friendly and the service fantastic. The room was very large and the bed and linen very comfortable. The bathroom was fantastic. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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intl
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30 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

The hotel is located in a prime spot in San Sebastián, right next to the river and close to the old center and the beautiful beaches. Unlike other grand heritage hotels, the Maria Cristina is far from being in decay. It has been recently and tastefully renovated. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, as are the large bathrooms (with Caudalie toiletries in the suites) which are impeccably clean.

The service I good and courteous. Some members of our party had special requests, which were politely accommodated. This included room service, which was tasty enough, but very overpriced (14 euros for a bowl of soup, for example). Considering the variety of Pinchos bars and great restaurants in town, I recommend eating out and not at the hotel. The buffet breakfast was very fresh and plentiful.

The room rate was very reasonable for San Sebastián. We paid around 200 euros and got upgraded. However, I heard that prices more than double in the summer (high season). If you are planning to wine and dine while in Donostia, book through the hotel's website, as they sometimes offer great fine dining packages.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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50 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Beautiful architecture, spacious and recently decorated rooms, friendly and very efficient service. This hotel manages to get everything just right. You feel welcome there, and don't want to leave this wonderful place. We booked a standard room, which very very nice, but we were unlucky to get a very noisy neighbor. When we informed hotel, we were immediately upgraded to junior suite free of charge, despite the fact that hotel was quite busy for New Year. Can't wait to return in the summer.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London
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66 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

My husband and I spent a weekend here soon after the hotel's re-opening, so let me first focus on the positives. The hotel itself is beautiful. The rooms were wonderfully redesigned, and the bathrooms were really sleek and modern without being overly trendy. We really appreciated that our bed was about 50% bigger than the American king bed we sleep on at home. The hotel is also very nicely located so that we were able to walk everywhere. Unfortunately, the service was pretty bad. A dinner reservation was never made even though the concierge (or the front desk person acting as the concierge that day) emailed me a confirmation. Other staff at the front desk seemed mostly clueless.

Because the hotel had just opened I will assume that the service will improve. From a location and comfort point of view, this hotel gets top marks!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian
Address: Paseo Republica Argentina, 4, 20004 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 Family Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian 5*
Number of rooms: 136
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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