The restaurant scene is what attracts most people to San Sebastián, but there’s more to the city than just food. Located in the Basque Country on the northwest coast of Spain, Sanse is home to an array of beaches that are all perfect for catching some rays. There are also a range of boutique hotels here, so you’ll never be short of options when it comes to picking somewhere to stay.
This quirky hotel is just a short walk from the main bars and restaurants of the hip Gros neighbourhood. Rooms are furnished with an eclectic mix of old and new furniture, including original artwork and vintage wooden wardrobes. The bathrooms, meanwhile, are new, clean and functional, often with eye-catching modern tiles and spacious walk-in showers. Guests can help themselves to complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits at any time of day, and the staff are friendly and only too happy to recommend a pintxos bar or two.
The Hotel Astoria 7 is one of San Sebastián’s top luxury hotels and also one of its quirkiest: the hotel is entirely themed around cinema. Each room is dedicated to a particular actor, director or film and is adorned with large black-and-white pictures to set the tone. Contemporary designer furniture keeps the decor just the right side of kitsch, while the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The Hotel Astoria 7 is located within walking distance of the old town and the beach, as well as the city centre.
This early 20th-century building was given a full facelift ahead of opening as a stylish hotel in 2018. Capturing the glamour of its original Art Deco years, the hotel’s cool, contemporary decor features crushed velvet armchairs, dark-wood writing tables and designer light fittings. Each room also comes with its own espresso machine, kettle and fridge. The hotel is located opposite La Concha Beach – guests will adore the vistas from the rooftop terrace and swimming pool.
Housed within a majestic 19th-century building, the Hotel Villa Soro oozes period charm and maintains an air of aristocratic elegance. Well-groomed gardens offer a welcome break from the buzz of the city centre, although the old town is just a 10-minute walk away. The hotel also has bicycles that guests can borrow for free. In contrast to the rather eye-catching sophistication of the common areas – where chandeliers hang from the ceiling and the floors are made from marble – the rooms exude a more subtle elegance, with a focus on comfort rather than ostentatious design.
Let yourself be wowed by the stylish minimalism of the Hotel Akelarre; rich cotton sheets, comfortable leather armchairs and exceptional views of the sea are among the simple luxuries at this Relais & Chateâux hotel. Guests need only step downstairs to the hotel’s three-Michelin-star restaurant, where Pedro Subijana proves why he’s considered one of the Basque Country’s best chefs. Unwind in the luxury spa and wellness area or enjoy the peace and quiet from the rooftop terrace.