Located in the northernmost region of Spain, San Sebastian is a stunning resort town nestled in the mountainous Basque Country. With beaches framed by picturesque bayfront promenades and cobblestoned old towns filled with upscale shopping boutiques, this charming region is definitely worth the visit. As well as breathtaking scenery and flawless entertainment options, the town also benefits from countless Michelin-starred restaurants. If you’re thinking of planning a visit to indulge in the finest of regions, take a look at our personal recommendations for the best luxurious hotels in San Sebastian.
Location: 350 yards from The Kursaal Convention Centre, Paseo República Argentina
Amenities: Fitness Center | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: Michelin Star French Chef Hélène Darroze will run a pop-up restaurant in the hotel from June to October
Price Range: $440- 2000
Set opposite San Sebastian’s Victoria Eugenia Theatre, the Maria Cristina hotel boasts spectacular views of the Cantabrian Sea on one side and the Urumea River on the other. If you’re looking for a quaint stay with the luxury of convenience, then you’ll love this five-star hotel. With just a short walk from the beach and the old town, the hotel is a perfect base for exploring San Sebastian. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even rent bicycles and spend the afternoon soaking up the incredible scenery. With first-class facilities all year round, Maria Cristina also boasts a pop-up restaurant in the Summer, where Michelin Star Chef Hélène Darroze offers amazing Basque pintxos and her signature dishes.
NH Collection San Sebastián Aranzazu
Location: 350 yards from Ondarreta Beach, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Restaurants: The Kukuarri restaurant serves modern cuisine
Price Range: $180- 240
Capturing the luxurious culture of San Sebastian in one spot, NH Collection is perfectly located on the Bay of Biscay just steps away from Ondarreta Beach. Minutes away from the center and the Basque Culinary Center, the hotel provides all the comfort and convenience you could ever need. Guests love the proximity to the bus stop and train station and have made a special mention to the easy access of bars and Michelin-starred restaurants. With the hotel serving modern cuisine at its on-site restaurant and boasting bright and stylish rooms, you will leave here wishing you could stay forever!
Mercure Monte Igueldo
Location: 1.1 miles from the city center, Paseo del Faro
Pool: Outdoor pool (seasonal)
Restaurants: El Torreón Restaurant, serving gourmet cuisine and traditional Basque dishes
Price Range: $100- 200
With breathtaking views of the Bay of Biscay and San Sebastian City, Mecure Monte Igueldo lets you see the very best of San Sebastian in style. From its outdoor pool overlooking the picturesque setting of Mount Igueldo to its traditional Basque restaurant, this hotel offers both beauty and history to its guests. If you’re up for adventure, you can take the cable car to Playa de la Concha Beach, or if you just fancy a stroll in the sun, you can explore the nearby old lighthouse. With gourmet cuisine, classic décor and comfort all rolled into one, Mecure Monte Igueldo is the perfect mix of luxury and adventure.
Hotel Astoria 7
Location: 17-minute walk from the beach, Sagrada Familia
Amenities: Fitness Center
Restaurants: The onsite restaurant serves a range of Basque and Spanish cuisine
Price Range: $170- 300
What sets Hotel Astoria 7 apart is not just its state-of-the-art facilities and impressive amenities, but the fact that it’s set in the former Astoria Cinema by the River Urumea. Full of history and film-themed stylish décor, it’s easy to feel like a movie star here as soon as you step through the doors. Guests love how each room is dedicated to an actor or director who has visited the city too! With the fabulous vibes that the hotel gives off, you can take a break from the stardom at the hotel’s lounge-library or on-site restaurant, or by taking a long stroll down to the beach. For a lot of fun and luxury comfort, Hotel Astoria7 is built for extravagant recreation.
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Location: 5-minutes walk from the Old Town, Zubieta
Restaurants: Mari Galant Brasserie features traditional Basque food
Price Range: $270- 420
Stand on your private balcony overlooking La Concha Bay and you’ll quickly see why this hotel is one of our top recommendations for places to stay in San Sebastian. Set in a prime location right on San Sebastian’s seafront promenade, guests can benefit from sea views and easy access to the beach. This stunning 19th-century building also gives you discounted access to La Perla Spa which is worth a visit if you’re in need of a pamper. Although the hotel is surrounded by great local tapas restaurants, enjoy a night in with some traditional Basque food at the hotel’s Mari Galant Brasserie followed by refreshing cocktails at the Swing Bar or seafront terrace.
Zenit San Sebastián
Location: 20-minutes walk from the Kursaal Convention Centre, Antonio Maria Labaien
Amenities: Hot Tub | Fitness Center | Terrace
Restaurants: Breakfast Room | Restaurant | Bar
Price Range: $180- 470
Nestled in the quaint area of Morlans, Zeni San Sebastian provides a luxury oasis away from the bustling center of the resort town. Spend some time soaking up the sun in the hot tub on the rooftop terrace, or take a meander down to the beach for some sun, sea and sand. Explore San Sebastian by tram or hire a car to explore further afield, and when you return after a long day of activity, relish in the Basque cuisine with a modern twist at the on-site restaurant. For a relaxing luxury vacation in northern Spain, four-star Zeni San Sebastian will provide you with all the comfort you’ll need.
Silken Amara Plaza
Location: 10-minutes walk from San Sebastian Cathedral, Plaza Pío XII
Amenities: Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: Two restaurants featuring Basque, international and modern dishes
Price Range: $200- 300
Location makes this hotel one of our favorites in San Sebastian, as you get the convenience together with a relaxing atmosphere of a hotel that is away from it all. Nestled next to the River Urumea overlooking the calming waters, the Silken Amara Plaza is the perfect combination of indulgent and tranquil. Take a ride on a rented bicycle and soak up the scenery surrounding you, take a stroll to the beach, or sit back in your elegant room and enjoy room service with a view. For picturesque surroundings and modern artwork inside, the Silken Amara Plaza doesn’t disappoint.
Barceló Costa Vasca
Location: 600 yards from San Sebastian’s Ondarreta Beach, Avenida de Pío Baroja
Amenities: Fitness Center | Terrace | Garden
Pool: Outdoor pool (seasonal)
Restaurants: Ulia, serves delicious local cuisine with a modern ambiance
Price Range: $200- 630
Perfectly situated next to the stunning Miramar Palace and Gardens, the Barceló Costa Vasca holds its own as an impressive design hotel. Surrounded by rolling green hills and picturesque walking paths, this hotel is a perfect choice for lovers of the outdoors. The hotel features an outdoor pool, modern gym and an exceptional restaurant serving both Basque and international cuisine. Just a walk away from San Sebastián’s Ondarreta Beach and the historic center, all your needs will be met in style during your stay at the Barceló Costa Vasca.
Hotel Villa Soro
Location: 11-minutes walk from the beach, Avenida de Ategorrieta
Amenities: Massage | Fitness Center | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: Breakfast Room | Bar
Price Range: $190- 340
For a truly elegant stay with a touch of modern luxury, a stay at the Hotel Villa Soro will leave you nothing but satisfied. Set in two classical buildings, one of which was built in 1898 and is a Historical Heritage Building of San Sebastian, Hotel Villa Soro couldn’t look more in place amongst the stately homes and pristine trees that surround it. From the beach and the bicycles you can rent to the hotel’s lounges and fireplaces, you can have both relaxation and adventure to whatever degree that you want here at this hotel. Hotel Villa Soro’s facilities meld elegance with minimalist decor that will have you wrapped in a luxury bubble until the time you depart!
Hotel Arrizul Congress
Location: 350 yards from Kursaal and La Zurriola beach, Calle Ronda
Amenities: Gym | Bicycle Rental
Price Range: $150- 450
If you’re looking for convenience, exploration and a full cultural experience, Hotel Arrizul Congress is an ideal choice. Just a walk away from Victoria Eugenia Theater, the Old Town and La Zurriola Beach, the hotel is in a prime location for you to explore. Situated in the Gros District, the hotel also has many restaurants in its proximity so venture out one day and try the amazing local specialty, pintxos. With its location and luxury interiors, Hotel Arrizul Congress does not disappoint.
While many hotels in San Sebastian are considered luxurious, we believe that these establishments are truly worthy of the title. Hopefully, this narrowed list will help you choose the perfect luxury hotel for you, between the stunning scenery and impeccable service, we hope that these places are bound to make your stay in San Sebastian unforgettable.
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