We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful hotel. We arrived after 10pm on Saturday night after getting the bus from Bilbao airport (very easy and even got the earlier bus as the flight was half an hour early!). The late hour didn't impact the warm welcome and easy checkin. Our room was very spacious, great storage, and well appointed with a big bed and very large bathroom. There was also a welcome treat of half a bottle of Rioja and some cheese. When we couldn't get the cork out of the bottle I popped down to reception and they took me to the bar where the main bar tender happily demonstrated the right technique and gave me a stronger opener for next time. All very friendly and no trouble. This continued to be our experience of the staff especially in the bar throughout our stay.
We tried the buffet breakfast on the first morning and the room was lovely with a huge choice ( I especially liked the custard tart). They didn't offer the menu for the cooked breakfast options but happily delivered the requested items when we picked it up. It was a relaxing start to the day but too much food for every day, especially with so much good food in San Sebastian.
Hotel is in a great spot next to the river with sea views and just a step to the beach, old and newer towns.
Wonderful - we hope to return soon!
- 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