Forget the reviews that diss her fading glory. This is an elegant 1880s hotel that wears her high mileage pretty well. OK, the batteries in the TV remote were fried, the ceiling light flickered, and the maid walked in without knocking, right past a do-not-disturb sign. And yes, the Londres is pricey. But it has a unique location right on an absolutely gorgeous beach that few outside Spain seem aware of. And it has the only umbrella bar on the boardwalk. Reserve a bay-side room if you can, although the backside view is of the newer part of town, and not unpleasant. The newer part is not where you want to explore, however. Exit the hotel to the beach side, turn right, follow the graceful curve of the shore past the small craft mooring, and when you run out of boardwalk turn right through the large arched entry into the old town. That's where all the cafes and shops are, and it's very walkable. The Londres' restaurant is expensive and offers a menu full of stuff only a very rich Spaniard addicted to frog legs would eat. Old town has hamburgers, omelettes, tapas and fantastic ice cream, all very edible and most modestly priced. Parking is E22 a night, accessed by a down-ramp right next to the hotel. Going in and out runs the price even higher, but you won't need the car. You can let the hotel park it for you if you don't mind tipping. Unlike other places in Spain, this is not a late town. They roll up the rugs around 10. Dine early. Then throw open the windows and sleep to the pounding surf.
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- Hotel de Londres y de Ingleterra is a luxury 4 star boutique hotel located right in front of the beach of the La Concha bay of San Sebastian - Donostia. Our beautiful location on the Basque Country coast and comfortable hotel rooms with stunning sea view makes the hotel perfect for a romantic weekend escape or relaxing summer vacation. ... more less
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