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Hotel Avenida
Reviewed May 5, 2012

After a bad start in San Sebastian in an overpriced tiny room near the centre, we came out here for a 2 night stay. It's on the far side of the bay but the views are great and it's about a 20min walk into the old town (there's also a bus). The room was very spacious with a big bathroom and a comfortable bed. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful. It has an outside pool, but unfortunately it was too cold outside to use it. Also has free parking which was a bonus and they serve breakfast till 11am. Next door is the excellent restaurant Rekondo. What's not to like?

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

We booked through travelocity and were pleasantly surprised when we went into the room. Big bathroom, windows w/ a view, lots of closet space, a mini fridge & a day bed/couch in the corner perfect for all our bags.

The hotel is on a hill above the main cove of San Sebastian and it was about a 8-10 minute walk down to the beach. A great location if you don't want to be in the thick of tourist traffic and like to get a little walking in (the hill is pretty minor but I should admit that I live in San Francisco).

The room was clean, had a great view, overlooked the pool and had WiFi and a couple TV channels in English - always a plus.

The only issue was that when we checked in the receptionist told us when breakfast was, but didn't tell us that it was a separate cost, so be sure to ask when you're up front. The buffet was pretty standard, lots of bread & pastries, but they also had some great fruit choices.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Not a great experience. We booked through an internet site( not the hotel's) and perhaps that explains why the room was cramped, facing the back and without any air conditioning.A tower fan was in the room which was fairly ineffectual.The lighting was pretty poor.The bathroom looked out into a dingy shaft.
No food was available only a vending machine on the floor below the reception .We paid in excess of 90 euros and I did not think it was worth it. It looks better in the picture.
The restaurant next door was excellent.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank JohnexRM
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

We spent excellent vacation on Avenida Apartments!!!!!. The room very clean with a very good kitchen, bathroom, etc.....very nice personal from reception and a lot of fun around.
We don't need to go too far away because everything was around!!!! Excellent location!!!.
We was able to use facilities from Avenida Hotel across the street for gym, swimming pool, bar, shows, etc.

We can't wait to come back next year.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

Hotel located on the hills surrounding Donostia San Sebastian with a great view on the bay of the city. +/- 500m from the beach (they say 200m) easy to be reached by foot.
At check in the receptionist had almost no knowledge of any foreign language. Afterwards the lady at the desk was much better and very willing to meet any request (f.e. restaurant bookings,...)
They fully exploit in their room rates the fact they are one of the only hotels having an outdoor 15*8m swimming pool. This reduces the value for money significantly.
Tidy hotel dominated but prohibition signs ruin the ambiance. Rooms are renovated but remain old fashioned.
Almost no insulation of the rooms limit the night rest. Moreover room cleaning starts at 7 o'clock.
Breakfast up to standard for a 3 stars hotel with no plus.
No bar only vending machines, again little ambiance. The hotel has no restaurant but neighbours a very good restaurant (Rekondo).
With family rooms at 200 euro we expected more, even with a swimming pool

Room Tip: Mind the very limited insulation of the rooms
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

Stayed one night. Surprised that in a city so renowned for its food there was no option for food in the hotel ( just the usual €20 breakfast that nobody eats). I don't even think there was a bar!! Room was fine although I hate the way they have two beds stuck together. Outside there was a fresh garden feel about the place. Overall it was good value and with a few slight tweeks this place could be great. Would stay again considering a taxi to the old centre was only €8!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

Firstly, we (2 mid-20s females) stayed here during our 3 month Europe trip in a combination of hostels and cheaper hotels and did come here after staying in a hostel in Madrid so may have different expectations to other travelers.

We chose to stay here as most of the hostels were booked out or imposed a two or three night minimum stat over summer and we were only in San Sebastian for one night.

We arrived into town by bus and the taxi to the hotel was only €8 (decided to taxi after reading about the hill!). We did walk the hill a number of times and didn't find it that bad (as said, we're in our mid-20s but we're not actually very fit). It is a bit out of town but only a five-ten min walk to the beach and 30 mins to the Old Town (we managed our walk back into the bus station with luggage no problem).

The receptionist on arrival was wonderful and thankfully spoke reasonable English as neither of us speak Spanish.

The room was clean, not particularly big - our twin room had only a few inches gap between the beds, but it was more than adequate. The bathroom was also very clean and quite spacious.

For the price, it is excellent value for money (only slightly more than our average hostel for our trip and it's private with a good sized bathroom), especially as San Sebastian isn't the cheapest of places to begin with.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Address: Paseo de Igueldo 55, 20008 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range: $40 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Avenida 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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Avenida San Sebastián Donostia

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