Classic Luxury

Hotel Maria Cristina

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 of the city, La Concha. This historic palace is this charming city's most iconic luxury hotel.

San Sebastian, Spain
Hotel Maria Cristina
  • San Sebastian's best known and most luxurious hotel

  • Location within walking distance of beach and city centre

  • Lovely river, sea and city views

  • Gastronomic centre offering gourmet restaurants and a cookery school

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 specialities.  Hotel Maria Cristina is also home to their very own culinary centre 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.


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September sees the arrival of the International Film Festival in San Sebastian, and the Hotel Maria Cristina attracts an extensive celebrity guest list. 

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San Sebastian, Spain

Hotel Maria Cristina is located in the centre of San Sebastian within easy walking distance of the Old Quarter.

The easiest way to get to San Sebastian from the UK is on a low cost flight to Biarritz (40km) or Bilbao (100km). Otherwise the city is well connected by train.

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