Though San Sebastián isn’t exactly known as cheap destination, filled with Michelin-starred restaurants and gourmet pintxos bars, there are budget options available for accommodation if you’re looking to save your euros for dining out.
From hip surf hostels and eco-friendly hostels in the park, to urban social hostels and industrial chic, take a look at our pick of the best hostels in San Sebastián.
Located in the Gros neighbourhood of the city with its young and cosmopolitan atmosphere and surfers vibe, Koba Hostel is a hip space, which just screams industrial chic. Housed in a an old car workshop, it features lots of polished wood, metal, exposed pipework and bright mismatched furniture. Both dorm and private rooms are on offer, as is a cute outdoor patio, modern kitchen and large dining room. It’s a great spot for surfers, being located just 200m (656ft) from Zurriola Beach, one of the best surfing beaches in the area.
Situated in Antiguo, the oldest part of the city, Koisi Hostel lies within easy walking distance of Ondarreta Beach and the Miramar Palace. From here it’s also only a 20-minute walk out along the coast to see Eduardo Chillida’s famous Peine del Viento (‘Wind Comb’) sculptures. The hostel is hip and funky with whitewashed brick walls, vintage furniture and quirky lighting. Wooden box style bunks offer a little more privacy than regular bunks, but there a family rooms and private rooms too if you want more. Amenities include a chic cafe, washing machines, a movie room and bike rental.
Situated just few minutes’ walk from La Concha beach, A Room in the City is part of Convent Garden, an open social space, which also involves the local population and encourages travellers to meet and share experiences. Inside it’s cosy and traditional, featuring stone walls and wooden beams with lots of comfy armchairs and spaces for reading and boardgames. It features light and colourful dorm and private rooms, as well as a shared kitchen, an outdoor patio and turf-covered roof terrace for sunbathing.
Conveniently situated right next to Zurriola Beach, this modern surf hostel is ideal for surf fans and beach lovers alike. Decorated in natural tones and lots of wood, it’s both cosy and friendly. Amenities include a wooden-clad outdoor terrace, snug lounge and a funky bar/cafe with a tropical vibe. Guests can even rent boards and wetsuits directly from the hostel, or book surf or paddle boarding lessons.
As the name suggests, the Downtown River Hostel is situated right next to the river, in the more modern part of the city. It’s conveniently situated just a four-minute walk from the main train station and is surrounded by many shops and cafes. It’s sleek and modern, dressed all in white, with large simple dorms, and contemporary shared kitchen and dining room.
Located in the heart of the Old Town, Hostel San Fermin is surrounded by some of the city’s best pintxos bars and lies a short walk to major sights. Newly renovated, it’s bright and colourful and features modern shared dorms with metal bunks, a shared kitchen, dining room and outdoor terrace.
Situated within Ametzagaña Park, this sustainable and eco-friendly hostel is ideal for nature lovers. It may be located 4km (2.5mi) from the city centre and its major sights, but it more than makes up for it with its green credentials and calming forest views. It’s sleek and contemporary, made from lots of glass, metal and green panels. Private and shared rooms are on offer, as is a restaurant, a guest kitchen and large outdoor terrace.