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Hotel Villa Soro
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

I stayed for six nights in the spacious room which has the balcony over the front door. The stay was part of my birthday celebration, and I was joined by a number of friends.

The staff were simply superb. I had planned the stay for some time, and was greeted like an old friend by Francisco. All of us commented on how welcoming the staff were and how much they wanted us to enjoy ourselves. All the front of house staff had an excellent knowledge of local restaurants and attractions in town and in parts nearby, including France. The breakfast, bar and lobby staff were charming and very efficient.

The deluxe room was very spacious and comfortable. The room décor is nicely understated. There was always an excellent flower arrangement in the main lobby, and the sitting room is that of an elegant country house. The impression one gets from the surrounding houses is that it was "the" area to build one's mansion back in the day.

I saw one of my friend's rooms in the annex and it was also spacious and tasteful if not quite to the level, or expense for that matter, of the deluxe room.

From my research, I knew that the hotel is not smack in the middle of downtown. It's a ten minute walk to the Zurriola beach, 20 to the old town, but with it virtually impossible to get a bad meal in San Sebastian, walking is by no means a bad thing. The street is a busy one, but quietens in the evenings which is when we made best use of the balcony. In any case, the windows are double glazed so noise isn't really an issue.

The lack of room service until 7pm caught a couple of friends off-guard as they arrived early afternoon and wanted a light meal. However, there is a supermarket less than 5 minutes away for snacks, plus you really should save your appetite for the fantastic local cuisine.

Room Tip: The most elegant rooms are at the front. The quieter rooms are at the back.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Villa Soro is a lovely old house. We found are bed to be a little uncomfortable, pillows good. We did stay in the main house not the annex and we were happy about that. Breakfast very good and servers very upbeat. We found the front desk to be efficient and very helpful. Everything was in good condition. You will need a taxi or car to get most everywhere. I would not call this a 4 star experience, but it was very pleasant, except for the bed. They have many complimentary beverages in the mini bar. We booked through Small Luxury hotels so breakfast was included. They do not really have a concierge. They do have a small business center. The Maria Christina hotel was still under renovation when we booked.

Room Tip: Stay in the main house. It rained the days we were there. Our room faced a side street and it was qu...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

San Sebastian is not a cheap place to stay, yet this hotel still felt overpriced for what it is. The location isn't great - the road outside is busy and noisy - and it's a fair walk into the old town or to La Concha beach. The old house is beautiful, but the rooms in the rear annex are pretty uninspiring. The staff though were exceptional - the three front desk young people we dealt with we're all excellent, and extremely helpful with fantastic suggestions for places to eat.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Like a converted old mansion on a busy street but quiet enough; and very pleasant. Staff helpful. Breakfast good variety of food (even for veggies'). It is 10-15 minutes to the 'beach' and a further 10-15 to the main 'concha beach'. They have bikes to ride (stay on sidewalks - common to do) Old town is nice walk (20minutes). Safe feeling. Rooms not hugh but well appointed and upscale with good linens, bed and bathroom. We stayed in the Villa, they have building behind the villa; so not sure if it is equal. As you will find in spain, the level of 'interest' the staff has in service is variable and definitely not North american standard. No tipping as a reason? Cultural? Obviously, try to go to the famed Michelin rated restaurants (only live once they say); but you can easily find food restaurants all over. If you are not a meat lover, anywhere in Northern spain/basque is tough!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

This hotel is a quaint and charming. I like its location and the hotel itsellf is nestled quite a distance from the street.
It's run very professionally. It didn't take long to register. Francisco is very helpful and made good suggestions. They anticipated guests' desire as putting our two reserved rooms side by side. After a night of absence, we came back and same rooms were given. We left our luggages for night to go to Lourdes and returned. We were happy to learn that they placed our luggages in the room.
The staff are courteous, friendly and efficient. I regret that I failed to get the name of receptionist who checked us out the day of departure. He even asked if we liked to have coffee because it was six am. Thank you! Europeans have changed. We stayed April 21 to 25.

Room Tip: I think the rooms assigned to us are very comfortable and look out to courtyard. We didn't choos...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Although the facilities are nice, the people friendly, they are by no means to be considered a full service hotel. After breakfast which is served Until 11am, there is nothing available from the kitchen until 7pm . To make matters worse the town is Inaccessible by foot, making it necessary to get a taxi to get a bite of lunch.
We would never stay at the Villa Soro again

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2012 via mobile

Room is up to a 4 star standard and everybody is nice beside a very impolite lady at the front desk.
Just be aware that standard rooms are not in the villa itself which is really a pity as part of the charm of this hotel is in the building itself.

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Additional Information about Hotel Villa Soro

Address: Avda de Ategorrieta 61, 20013 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#2 Family Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#2 Romantic Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#3 Green Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
#7 Business Hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range: $168 - $307 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Soro 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Soro ocupa 2 edificios de estilo clasico, uno de los cuales fue construido en 1898 y ha sido declarado Patrimonio Historico de San Sebastian. Se proporciona conexion Wi-Fi gratuita.Todas las habitaciones disponen de minibar con bebidas sin alcohol, reproductor de DVD y ducha y banera independientes. Presentan un diseno individual de lujo, y algunas estan decoradas con obras de arte de Jorge Oteiza. Se ofrece un servicio de habitaciones con platos locales.El Villa Soro tiene aparcamiento privado gratuito y esta rodeado de arboles y de casas senoriales.El hotel cuenta con gimnasio y ofrece bicicletas y toallas de playa gratuitas. Ademas, dispone de salones amplios y una chimenea.La playa de la Zurriola, el palacio de congresos y auditorio Kursaal y el casco antiguo se encuentran a pocos pasos ... more   less 
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