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hotel maria christina

4 nights from £1,195 hotel maria christina basque country

Located in San Sebastian’s historic city centre, Hotel Maria Cristina is surrounded by gardens and promenades just a short walk from the main beach and the historic Old Quarter.

This Belle-Époque palace is the city's best known and grandest luxury hotel.  In its commanding position overlooking the Urumea River, the Hotel Maria Cristina has been closely linked to the cultural life of the city of San Sebastian for more than a century and has hosted illustrious visitors to the city's famous film festival such as Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts, Woody Allen, Richard Gere, Brad Pitt and Susan Sarandon.

Hotel Maria Christina is 'old world' grand but has been beautifully updated in impeccable style.  High ceilings, intricate cornices, gilded mirrors, and outstanding service are the hallmarks of the hotel.  Its famous cocktail bar - called Dry - is a popular way to start the evening and, if you're not heading out to experience the city's legendary cuisine (which would be a shame!), we would most certainly be happy at the hotel's Saigon Restaurant with specialties from Indochina, Japan and Vietnam.

If your preference is for Belle-Époque style with contemporary luxury, you'll love the hotel's accommodation options.  Choose from Classic, Deluxe or Premium rooms with either garden or river views, or treat yourself to one of the magnificent suites, including four Royal Suites, some of which feature terraces offering stunning city views.

There are a thousand reasons to visit San Sebastian. Nature, its breathtaking beaches, its wonderful location in amongst the mountains, the beauty of its monuments and streets (particularly the Old Quarter), the animated cultural life and spirit of leisure make this the perfect destination for a long weekend.

If you feel that just strolling around town is not providing you with enough exercise to work off the local pintxos (Basque version of tapas) or the Michelin starred restaurant options, Hotel Maria Christina has a pretty good fitness studio with Technogym equipment.  Alternatively, we can arrange some great hiking in the surrounding hills.  Or why not hit the surf? We can happily arrange boards and professional instruction at the nearby Zurriola Beach.

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Price

4 nights from £1,195 per person low season on a bed and breakfast basis to around £1,495 in high season, including flights and transfers.  Nearest airport is Bilbao.

Accommodation

The hotel has 136 rooms and suites. Beautifully styled, generally in pale blues, greys and cream colours, and featuring modern technology and a dazzling range of services, options range from Classic, Deluxe or Premium rooms with either garden or river views, or treat yourself to one of the magnificent suites, including four Royal Suites, some of which feature terraces offering stunning city views.

Getting here

It's a 2 hour flight from the UK to Bilbao, followed by a 1 hour transfer to the hotel.

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