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Hotel Maria Cristina

Hotel Maria Cristina



Since opening in 1912, the restored Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, has been closely linked to the history and cultural life of San Sebastian. Located in San Sebastian's historic city center and overlooking the Urumea River, it is surrounded by gardens and promenades, just a short walk from white sandy beaches. Discover San Sebastian - Internationally recognized for its delicious gastronomic offerings, fascinating culture, superb beaches, and legendary International Film Festival. San Sebastian is synonymous with charm and sophistication.

Many visitors come to dine in its Michelin-starred restaurants - there are no less than six of these bearing one, two, or three of the coveted culinary stars in the city center. Extend the radius to 50 kilometers, and the total number of Michelin awards rockets to 17. At the Hotel Maria Cristina, the concierge can assist with hard-to-get restaurant reservations and offer great tips for more casual dining. In the historic heart of San Sebastian, you’ll find a large number of traditional bars serving up the Basque Country’s famed pintxos - local specialties, similar to tapas. Choose from dozens of varieties, featuring prawns, lobster, fried fish, Spanish omelet, or chorizo. Spain’s excellent wines, particularly the local vintages, are the perfect accompaniment to the food and lively atmosphere.

Make sure you find time to wander the gentle tangle of streets to discover the town’s rich history before emerging onto the lush garden boardwalk framing the famed La Concha beach. There are also alfresco cafés, children’s play areas, and a vintage carousel to enjoy. Allow the sea to entice you and take a dip before spreading your towel on the golden sand to catch some rays.

Every September, San Sebastian becomes the hottest destination on the planet as famous faces from around the globe jet in for the city’s international film festival. For eight action-packed days, the city is abuzz with movie stars and film aficionados who flock to this corner of Spain to sample the latest screen offerings.

Rooms & Suites - Numerous in-room amenities have been carefully selected to provide the guests with an unmatched degree of ease. Each room is spacious, authentic, and elegant, offering the singular opportunity to experience the culture of San Sebastian truly. All rooms are equipped with a satellite TV, High-Speed Internet Access and Wi-Fi, telephone with voicemail, self-service mini bar, and safe box. Bathrooms are distinguished by characteristic Pyrenees marble and equipped with hairdryers, heated towel rails, and signature Luxury Collection bath amenities. Standard room amenities are found in all guest rooms unless otherwise stated. Please note any requests when making a reservation, cannot guarantee requests until check-in. Fees on certain amenities may apply. The smoke-free guest rooms will enrich your next stay at this Luxury Collection hotel.

Dining - Looking out over the Urumea River and Victoria Eugenia Theater, Hotel Maria Cristina’s restaurant outlets offer top-tier service in an enchanting atmosphere. Around the town, the colorful flavors of Basque cuisine waft through the stone streets. In reverence to the region’s fresh flavors, restaurants combine their seasonal á la carte menus, crafted according to daily market produce - with classic fresh fish and meat dishes. A gastronomic paradise, the 16 Michelin starred city offers fine dining and local cuisine, including renowned carveries and cider houses. The celebrated specialty, pintxos: small portions of food served at bars for tapas or snacks. To taste them in their authentic environs, head to San Sebastian´s Casco Viejo. The concierge is pleased to assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations.


Café Saigon - Perfectly integrated in the hotel’s classic, elegant atmosphere, Café Saigon is a unique space, with spectacular views of the historic Victoria Eugenia Theatre, and a refined Asian menu with specialties from Indochina, Japan, Vietnam, and elsewhere. Natural fabrics, tapestries, and delicate porcelain pieces occupy every corner of the restaurant. A meeting place for locals and hotel guests alike, the restaurant’s philosophy is defined by attention to detail, a passion for things well done, only the finest ingredients, and personalized service. The attention to detail, passion for things well done, using the best products and personalized service define the philosophy of this restaurant.

Ezcaray by Francis Paniego, Hotel María Cristina Summer Restaurant - Experience the Michelin starred dishes Rioja Cuisine Ambassador, Francis Paniego, in the Summer Pop Up Restaurant, opening on next July 1st in Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian. After last summer's great success, the award-winning chef Francis Paniego, with 2 Michelin stars for the Echaurren restaurant and 1 Michelin star for the Restaurante Marqués de Riscal, will come back to San Sebastian with his specialties to enjoy on two menus all summer long. This chef's merit lies in having known how to evolve, reaching a highly personal and avant-garde cuisine, without this meaning breaking away from anything he previously offered in a restaurant as legendary as the Echaurren.

Fitness - Available 24 hours a day, the hotel’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center spans approximately 170 square meters. The latest Technogym equipment includes running machines, stationary bicycles, elliptical machines, and strength-training machines.

Area & Activities - Rising majestically above the vivacious historic city center of San Sebastian, Hotel Maria Cristina is supremely surrounded by promenades and gardens. This landmark building is situated between the white sand beaches and the colorful buildings of La Concha and La Zurriola. The reception desk can provide beach towels. Adjacent to the hotel are the Urumea River and Victoria Eugenia Theatre. Just opposite, on the other side of the river, is the Kursaal Congressional Palace. Three surrounding hills, Mount Urgull, the Castillo de la Mota, and Mount Igueldo, delineate the city limits.

As the capital of Gipuzkoa,
San Sebastian is a city where visitors co-exist seamlessly with the approximately 180,000 locals who frequent the city’s esteemed restaurants, world-class casinos, and Zubieta Race Track. The vast selection of cultural activities includes year-round options San Telmo Museum, Balenciaga Museum, and the Aquarium. Annual headline events are the International Film Festival, Musical Fortnight, and Jazz Festival. The Fantasy and Horror Film Festival and Theatre Festival are exciting options for the adventurous. Gipuzkoa is also a recent discovery of the golf world. The winding Cantabric coast lined with small fishing villages, beaches, cliffs, and rocky coves presents a contrasting landscape perfect for the picturesque sport. As a result of an astonishing 16 Michelin stars bestowed upon San Sebastian restaurants, culinary aficionados congregate here to sample distinctive Basque cuisine. The Concierge recommends the following as distinct local spots and activities:

El Peine de Los Vientos:
An incomparable stop at the foot of Mount Igeldo. Walking Around: A simple stroll around San Sebastian, referred to as the Cantabric Sea pearl, is unforgettable. The Old Quarter: The perfect place for authentic shopping, this area is also home to the best bars, which serve the city’s famous Pintxos, small portions of food particular to Basque Country. Surrounding Area: The nearby towns of Getaria, Pasajes San Juan, and Fuenterrabia are exceptional cultural excursions, as are the French towns San Juan De Luz, Biarritz, and Hedaya.

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Why we love this hotel

  • This landmark building is situated between the white sand beaches and colorful buildings of La Concha and La Zurriola.

  • Decorated in a sophisticated palette of greys and white, the rooms are a quiet haven of luxury, with a dazzling range of services.

  • A gastronomic paradise, the 16 Michelin starred city offers fine dining and local cuisine, including renowned carveries and cider houses.

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Rooms and Suites at Hotel Maria Cristina

From 559 USD

Junior Suite ( 60m2 )

Overlooking the sparkling river and beyond, the Junior Suites enrapture guests from every angle. The spacious foyer embodies the suite’s grandeur with...

From 393 USD

Premium River View Room ( 377ft2 - 431ft2 )

Each room exemplifies the hotel’s enchanting synthesis of past and present thanks to their gracious atmosphere, with modern details. Natural light hig...

From 899 USD

Terrace 1 Bedroom Top Floor Suite - River View ( 89m2 )

Matchless 180-degree views of San Sebastian and the picturesque Urumea River greet guests from the spacious private terraces of the Terrace Suites. Al...

From 1,345 USD

Bette Davis 1 Bedroom Suite - River View ( 78m2 )

Eyes. Attitude. Talent. The “Benevolent Volcano” with the ever-present cigarette. These are the lingering images we carry of the incomparable and trul...

From 519 USD

Family Room Garden View ( 48m2 )

Each Family Room exemplifies the hotel’s enchanting synthesis of past and present, thanks to a gracious atmosphere with modern details. Natural light...

From 666 USD

Garden View Suite ( 77m2 )

Fit for a regal sojourn, each suite reflects the elevated expectations of distinguished guests who have long considered the palace their personal resi...

From 1,072 USD

Royal 1 Bedroom Corner Suite -River View ( 74m2 )

The epitome of regal refinement, each Royal Suite surpasses the expectations of the most discerning guests. A step-out balcony affords majestic views...

From 1,438 USD

Royal Terrace Presidential Top Floor Suite ( 110m2 )

The epitome of regal refinement, each Royal Suite surpasses the expectations of the most discerning guests. A step-out balcony affords majestic views...

From 772 USD

River View 1 Bedroom Suite ( 65m2 )

Fit for a regal sojourn, each suite reflects the elevated expectations of distinguished guests who have long considered the palace their personal resi...

From 340 USD

Deluxe Garden View Room ( 377ft2 - 452ft2 )

Each room exemplifies the hotel’s enchanting synthesis of past and present thanks to their gracious atmosphere, with modern details. Natural light hig...

From 320 USD

Classic Room ( 269ft2 - 280ft2 )

A timeless, yet modern ambiance and tranquil views greet guests in Garden Rooms. Wrapped in elegant grey and eggshell hues, with aubergine details, th...

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