Accommodation standards in San Sebastián are generally good, and you'll find a mix of atmospheric guesthouses in the old quarter, grand hotels in the new town, and more straightforward options sprinkled around town.

Prices here tend to be high and availability in high season is very tight. In fact, with the city’s increasing popularity, many of the better places are booked up for July and August months in advance.

Best Lists

Sleeping

By Budget: €

Pensión Altair Converted townhouse with handsomely designed rooms near the eateries of Gros.

By Budget: €€

Pensión Peñaflorida An appealing mid-range spot nicely located near Playa de la Concha.

Pensión Aida Welcoming and easy-going guesthouse in the hip enclave of Gros.

Pensión Kursaal A good-value option just a short stroll from the beach in Gros.

By Budget: €€€

Hotel Maria Cristina A grand dame with beautifully designed rooms and a great location near the old town.

Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra Treat yourself to an indulgent stay at a luxe hotel fit for royalty

Booking Services

  • Lonely Planet (lonelyplanet.com/spain/hotels) Recommendations and bookings.
  • San Sebastián Turismo (www.sansebastianturismo.com) Bookings from the city's tourism authority.
  • Feel Free Rentals (https://feelfreerentals.com/en) San Sebastián-based outfit renting apartments in and near the city.

Price Ranges

The following price ranges refer to a double room with bathroom.

€ less than €65

€€ from €65 to €140

€€€ more than €140

Where to Stay

Parte Vieja

For

Puts you in the culinary epicentre of San Sebastián. Excellent pintxos bars are just a stroll away. Great shopping, and many notable attractions lie right outside your door.

Against

Feels touristy; the crowds can be overwhelming during the summer months. Street noise is an issue.

New Town & Monte Igueldo

For

The widest range of accommodation options, including some of the best hotels in the city. Access to excellent shopping and lovely beachfront.

Against

Depending on location, it can be a fair distance to the old quarter. Dining options are more limited than in the Parte Vieja.

Gros

For

More local feel than staying in the Parte Vieja; thinner tourist crowds. Good dining and drinking options. Having a great beach in your backyard.

Against

Can be like a long walk to the Parte Vieja and Old Town. Fewer lodging choices.