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Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian

Paseo Republica Argentina, 4 
San Sebastian,  20004
Spain

Overview

Since opening in 1912 the Hotel Maria Cristina has been closely linked to the history and cultural life of San Sebastian. The Belle Époque beauty’s lavish interior is filled with soaring columns, 19th century Impressionist portraits, rich silk brocades and glorious chandeliers making for a truly opulent experience. The Basque Country’s world-renowned cuisine, along with delicacies from further afield, draws guests to the hotel’s superb dining venues. Business travelers are spoil for choices with four sumptuous function rooms featuring state-of-the-art facilities. Since the San Sebastian International Film Festival was inaugurated in 1953 the Hotel Maria Cristina has been the preferred accommodation and rendezvous spot of the stars, attracting such legendary names as Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Julia Roberts and Woody Allen.
 
Experience gracious hospitality on a grand scale in the hotel’s 136 rooms and suites. Decorated in a sophisticated palette of grey and white, with highlights in purple, taupe and green, the rooms are a quiet haven of luxury.

Exclusive SmartNights Amenities

  • Full Breakfast for each guest daily in Easo Restaurant
  • 85 Euro Food and Beverage credit, per room, per stay for Cafe Saigon, Bar and room (Including alcoholic drinks and service charges)
The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:
  • Upgrade
  • Early Check-In
  • Late Check-out

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 Noon

Accommodations

Number of Rooms: 139

Classic Rooms

Comfortable Single Room overlooking the surrounding garden square. Newly renovated, decorated in unique classic style. 323 Square Footage.

Deluxe Rooms Garden View

Spacious Deluxe Room overlooking the surrounding garden square. Newly renovated, decorated in unique classic style.
  • 484 Square Footage.

Premium Rooms

Spacious Premium Room with views over the Urumea River. Newly renovated, decorated in unique classic style. 484 Square Footage.

Junior Suites

Elegant Junior Suite with separate living area, newly renovated and decorated in luxurious classic style. 646 Square Footage.

Terrace Suites

Elegant Roof Top Suite with private terrace, offering panoramic views of the Urumea River and the city. 646 Square Footage.

Grand Suites

With separate living rooms overlooking the garden or the river: Luxurious, comfortable Suite with large living room, overlooking the Urumea River. Can connect with additional bedroom. 829 Square Footage.

Royal Suites

Luxurious, comfortable Suite with large living room, overlooking the Urumea River. Can connect with additional bedroom. 1184 Square Footage.

Royal Suite Terrace

Luxurious top-floor Suite with 2 private terraces, offering panoramic views of the Urumea River and the city. 1184 Square Footage.

Guest Services

24-Hour Room Service

Babysitting on Request

Car Rental

Concierge

Currency Exchange

Doctor On Call

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services

Flower Service

Multilingual Staff

Pet-Friendly

Facilities

Business Center

Computer and business facilities are available for all our guests at the Lobby of the Hotel.

Fitness Center

The gym is composed of two rooms. The first one has the latest machines of Technogym: 4 treadmills, 5 eliptics and 4 bicycles. On the second area, there are different weights and mats.

High-Speed Internet Access

Free High Speed Wi-Fi in all the property.

Meeting & Conference Facilities

4 Meeting Rooms. Maximum Capacity: 655

DINING

Easo Restaurant

Breakfast dining room. The tempting selection includes fresh fruit, Basque cheeses, smoked salmon, a wide variety of hot dishes and, for Asian guests, Congee soup. All bread, cakes and fruit pastries are baked in-house.
  • Opening hours from 7:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.

DRY Martini Bar

The lavishly appointed DRY San Sebastian Bar on the ground floor is the rendezvous place for all-day dining, a sophisticated afternoon tea, a glass of wine, an exotic cocktail or a bottle of the finest.
  • Opening hours from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Café Saigon

Perfectly integrated in the elegant classic atmosphere of the Hotel Maria Cristina, Café Saigon is a unique space, with spectacular views over the historic Victoria Eugenia Theatre, offering a famed Asian menu, with specialties from Indochina, Japan or Vietnam amongst others.

Attractions

Cultural and Leisure Events

San Sebastian offers a wide array of cultural and leisure options throughout the year. Below we recommend a few¨.
 
Winter in San Sebastian
 
Santo Tomás Fair    (December 21)
The Santo Tomás celebrations take place on the December 21 in the Plaza de la Constitución, in which small kiosks are set up offering typical produce from the zone. "
 
San Sebastian Day    (20th January)
This is the most important day for the locals. The entire city is transformed for 24 hours by the constant drum roll to the sound of the music of Sarriegui, in a colourful and festive commemoration of the city.
 
Temporada de Sidra (Cider Season)   (January - April)
The Cider Season runs from January to end of April and embodies one of the most deep-rooted activities in the social life of many residents. For months cider becomes the protagonist of many events that intend to bring the virtues of this product to light..
 
"Caldereros" and Carnaval   (February)
The Carnaval has a special impact on San Sebastian. During these festivities parades, carriage and group competitions all take place, relying on a large number of participants. 
 
Autumn in San Sebastian
 
Semana de Cine Fantástico y de Terror (Horror and Fantastical Cinema Week)   (October - November)

Between the end of October and beginnings of November, the theatres and streets of San Sebastian are transformed into an improvised stage for the showing of a horror film in order to welcome the Horror and Fantastical Cinema Week.
 
Spring in San Sebastian
Festival of Cinema and Human Rights    (April)
Every month of April, San Sebastian reinforces its commitment to solidarity by celebrating the Festival of Cinema and Human Rights.
 
Summer in San Sebastian
 
Surfilm Festival  (June)
The intimate relation between San Sebastian and the world of surfing has its main exponent in the Surfilm Festival.
 
dFeria - Theatre Fair   (22nd - 24th  June)
The cultural summer season is inaugurated each year by the dFERIA, an unavoidable event of national prestige for lovers and professional of the scenic arts.
International Festival of Jazz   (21st - 25th July)
During the second fortnight of July, San Sebastian moves to the rhythm of jazz.
 
Quincena Musical    (August - September)
During the months of August and September San Sebastian becomes the home of the classical music season which has now completed its 70th year as a tradition: the Quincena Musical.
 
Semana Grande    (Week of 15th August)
Always coinciding with the 15th August, the day of the Virgin, during Semana Grande in San Sebastian the city throws itself into parties and fun.
 
International Film Festival  ( 3rd and 4th week of September)
San Sebastian becomes the meeting point of international film stars. It is the most glamorous week of the year. 
 
 
 

Map / Location

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Airports:
 
In the neighborhood of San Sebastian there are 3 airports, two of which are international. One airport is found just 30 minutes away from the center of the city, where flight connections to all main Spanish airports can be obtained. A few short kilometers away lay Bilbao airport (1 hour), which connects to all of Europe, as in Biarritz airport where both international and low-cost airlines operate.
 
Train Station:
 
The train station in San Sebastian is found right in the center of town and is known as the Estación del Norte (North Station). It connects to several Spanish cities, amongst which are Madrid and Barcelona, as well as international destinations like Paris and Lisbon. Additionally, a train network exists that connects to Bilbao and other cities along the Basque coastline, as well as routes joining with France.
 
Train Companies that go to San Sebastian: http://www.renfe.es  and http://www.euskotren.es
 
By Car:
 
San Sebastian is connected to the rest of Spain and to France by the national motorways N1/AP1 (Madrid-Irún), the A-8 (Bilbao-Irún), A-63 (Paris-Irún) and the A-15 (Pamplona-San Sebastian). From these routes one can enter all zones of the city, including that of the Hotel Maria Cristina San Sebastian. Furthermore, the city offers just under 5000 parking spaces for your convenience, distributed equally across different zones.
 
By Bus:
 
The bus station is found in the Amara district, 15 minutes by taxi from the city center, connecting to all Spanish cities and parts of continental Europe.
 
 
Driving Directions from the Airport:
 
San Sebastian Airport (EAS) – 30 minutes
 
From San Sebastian Airport located in Hondarribia, head northeast, direction AP 8 Donostia-San Sebastian. The exit from the highway to the Hotel is Loiola, exit nº 7, following direction toward Donostia/Erdia/S.Sebastian. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Hirigunea/Centro/Amara and merge onto Ribera de Loiola. Take the ramp onto De Bizkaia Ibilbidea. Continue onto Árbol de Gernika Ibilbidea. Turn left to stay on Árbol de Gernika Ibilbidea. Turn right onto Fueros de los Ibilbidea/Paseo los Fueros. Turn left onto República Argentina Kalea.
 
Bilbao Airport (BIO) – 1 hour
 
From Bilbao Airport located in Loiu, take the motorway E70 (A8) towards San Sebastian. Leave the motorway at exit 6 (Amara - San Sebastian centro). Continue along the river following the directions to the city-center that appears on the blue signs as well as on others. Follow the river until you reach the entrance of the hotel.

Nearby airports: San Sebastian, Spain
Distance: 14 Miles

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Airports:
 
In the neighborhood of San Sebastian there are 3 airports, two of which are international. One airport is found just 30 minutes away from the center of the city, where flight connections to all main Spanish airports can be obtained. A few short kilometers away lay Bilbao airport (1 hour), which connects to all of Europe, as in Biarritz airport where both international and low-cost airlines operate.
 
Train Station:
 
The train station in San Sebastian is found right in the center of town and is known as the Estación del Norte (North Station). It connects to several Spanish cities, amongst which are Madrid and Barcelona, as well as international destinations like Paris and Lisbon. Additionally, a train network exists that connects to Bilbao and other cities along the Basque coastline, as well as routes joining with France.
 
Train Companies that go to San Sebastian: http://www.renfe.es  and http://www.euskotren.es
 
By Car:
 
San Sebastian is connected to the rest of Spain and to France by the national motorways N1/AP1 (Madrid-Irún), the A-8 (Bilbao-Irún), A-63 (Paris-Irún) and the A-15 (Pamplona-San Sebastian). From these routes one can enter all zones of the city, including that of the Hotel Maria Cristina San Sebastian. Furthermore, the city offers just under 5000 parking spaces for your convenience, distributed equally across different zones.
 
By Bus:
 
The bus station is found in the Amara district, 15 minutes by taxi from the city center, connecting to all Spanish cities and parts of continental Europe.
 
 
Driving Directions from the Airport:
 
San Sebastian Airport (EAS) – 30 minutes
 
From San Sebastian Airport located in Hondarribia, head northeast, direction AP 8 Donostia-San Sebastian. The exit from the highway to the Hotel is Loiola, exit nº 7, following direction toward Donostia/Erdia/S.Sebastian. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Hirigunea/Centro/Amara and merge onto Ribera de Loiola. Take the ramp onto De Bizkaia Ibilbidea. Continue onto Árbol de Gernika Ibilbidea. Turn left to stay on Árbol de Gernika Ibilbidea. Turn right onto Fueros de los Ibilbidea/Paseo los Fueros. Turn left onto República Argentina Kalea.
 
Bilbao Airport (BIO) – 1 hour
 
From Bilbao Airport located in Loiu, take the motorway E70 (A8) towards San Sebastian. Leave the motorway at exit 6 (Amara - San Sebastian centro). Continue along the river following the directions to the city-center that appears on the blue signs as well as on others. Follow the river until you reach the entrance of the hotel.

Nearby airports: Bilbao [Sondica], Spain
Distance: 68 Miles