The Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra offered a wonderful opportunity to stay beach-side on Bahia de La Concha in San Sebastian. The property overlooks the sunny, family friendly beach and is steps away from the Parte Vieja and Centro San Sebastian. The property is in the grand old style of many beachfront European hotels and has been updated with comfortable furnishings, a spacious air conditioned bar with views of the beach, and antique prints and muted colors in the lobby and hallways that emphasize the long history of this prominent hotel.
Our room was on the 7th floor and had a spectacular view of the beach below with a wide and very private sun deck with chaises and chairs. The room had a gigantic bathroom with a walk-in shower and a generous and comfortable king bed with well maintained antique chairs, and desk, and a sufficient closet. The room, in keeping with the entire hotel, was squeaky clean, well appointed, quiet, and with sufficient air conditioning that was necessary during the heat of the day. Wifi was solid. In short, we loved the room that offered a panorama of the daily beach scene below.
Our dilemma was that, despite the rich history of the place, the Hotel Londres is a "touristic" hotel that operates at full booking in the summer season. Lots and lots of people with the attendant frenzy at times in the lobby during prime check-in and check-out hours. As in other reviews, service suffered as a result. The front desk staff was perfunctory but not engaging or overly welcoming. Service in the bar at times was erratic with orders being confused; either we did not get our order or we got 'two' of our order. Room refresh / turn down one night was forgotten with the management's apology.
The hotel is rated at four stars and we concur. We enjoyed our time here - it's a great place for 'close to everything' in San Sebastian - but the tourist flux, as well as rather impersonal and, at times, overwhelmed service detracted from our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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