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.
- Hotel Maria Cristina The most famous address in town with stellar service and lavish rooms.
- Pensión Amaiur A welcoming little guesthouse with flower-decked balconies in a great old town location.
- Welcome Gros Small but handsomely designed rooms in the buzzing neighborhood of Gros.
- Pensión Joakina A friendly family-run guesthouse with a heart of gold.
- Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra A majestic hotel with mesmerising views over the beach.
- Pensión Altair Attractive zen-like space in Gros.
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Pensión Altair Converted townhouse with handsomely designed rooms near the eateries of Gros.
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- 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.
The following price ranges refer to a double room with bathroom.
€ less than €65
€€ from €65 to €140
€€€ more than €140
Where to Stay
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.
Feels touristy; the crowds can be overwhelming during the summer months. Street noise is an issue.
New Town & Monte Igueldo
The widest range of accommodation options, including some of the best hotels in the city. Access to excellent shopping and lovely beachfront.
Depending on location, it can be a fair distance to the old quarter. Dining options are more limited than in the Parte Vieja.
More local feel than staying in the Parte Vieja; thinner tourist crowds. Good dining and drinking options. Having a great beach in your backyard.
Can be like a long walk to the Parte Vieja and Old Town. Fewer lodging choices.