Hotel Maria Cristina
San Sebastian, Spain
Located in San Sebastian’s historic city center, Hotel Maria Cristina is surrounded by gardens and promenades just a short walk from the main beach of the city, La Concha. This historic palace is this charming city's most iconic luxury hotel.
At a Glance
San Sebastian's best known and most luxurious hotel
Location within walking distance of beach and city center
Lovely river, sea and city views
Gastronomic center offering gourmet restaurants and a cookery school
September sees the arrival of the International Film Festival in San Sebastian, and the Hotel Maria Cristina attracts an extensive celebrity guest list.Scott Dunn team
A traditional event in the city - the San Sebastian day on 20th January is marked with a lively Tamborrada drum parade not to be missed!Scott Dunn team
Make sure to pay a visit to the Maria Cristina's in-house gourmet shop for the best local produce.Scott Dunn team
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. The hotel's namesake, Spain’s regent Maria Cristina, was the first person to cross the threshold on the day it opened in 1912. The hotel has hosted stars and dignitaries for over 100 years, including illustrious visitors to the city's famous film festival such as Elizabeth Taylor and Bette Davis - the latter having a suite named after her.
This historic hotel makes for a relaxing haven in the heart of the city, using a calming palette of soft greys and whites throughout the tastefully restored interior. In a city famed for its gastronomy, the Maria Cristina's culinary offering will not disappoint - from the elegant breakfast room to the Asian restaurant 'Cafe Saigon', featuring a varied menu of Japanese and Vietnamese specialties. Hotel Maria Cristina is also home to their very own culinary center and state-of-the-art cookery school. Here, guests can learn the secrets of Michelin star cooking, try their hand at pinxto making with the experts, or accompany the chef's visit to the local market in search of the freshest seasonal ingredients used in Basque cooking. Facilities also include a 24 hour gym to burn off some of the unavoidable calories acquired by a stay in San Sebastian!
Rooms and suites at the Maria Cristina are light and bright, blending traditional Belle Epoque architecture with contemporary touches to create a relaxing ambience. Both couples and families are well catered for with a range of interconnecting room options, and the Terrace Suites are an ideal choice for couples seeking stylish interiors with a private outdoor spot to enjoy a sundowner after a day exploring the city.
This charming property is an ideal base for discovering San Sebastian's cultural and culinary scene, as well as venturing further out to the surrounding areas of Bilbao and the iconic Guggenheim, or on a wine tasting trail through the vineyards of La Rioja.
Experience hospitality on a grand scale in the hotel’s 136 rooms and suites. Style, grace, modern technology and a range of services combine to make for a restful and memorable stay. 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.
|Premium room with river views||
These large rooms (40 sqm) comprise a beautifully appointed bedroom with stylish en-suite bathroom. These rooms have beautiful river views
Location & Directions
San Sebastian, Spain
Hotel Maria Cristina is located in the center of San Sebastian within easy walking distance of the Old Quarter.
When to go
San Sebastian is a lovely in the summer sun, but August can be quite busy. It can be cold in the winter months, and pretty quiet, but there's plenty to see and do in town all year round.