Built on the foundations of San Sebastián’s iconic Astoria movie theater, this sleek and modern hotel is all about Hollywood. The lively lobby library—a retro-inspired lounge often filled with laptop-toting freelancers—has a wall of DVDs available to borrow and is plastered with black-and-white portraits of movie stars, while each room is themed to a different film-industry heavyweight who attended the San Sebastián International Film Festival since it started in 1953. Even the restaurants—popular gourmet spots frequented by discerning locals—are adorned with cinema-themed artwork and accents, and one of the meeting rooms can be transformed into a private theater upon request, complete with cinema-style seating.
Outside the front door, the view, too, is cinematic. Astoria7 isn’t right in the tourist-heavy old town, but rather on a leafy boulevard in a part of town where locals actually live. It's a 15-minute stroll to the iconic La Concha Beach, whose golden crescent is the dream of every urban beach babe and touring photographer. So, put on those sunglasses and take in the views.
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Set away from the crowds on a leafy boulevard a 15-minute walk from La Concha Beach and a block off the Urumea River, Astoria7 enjoys a more low-key location than most of the city’s hotels. The immediate area is filled with relaxed local bars, shops, and restaurants, such as the riverside Botanika with vegetarian-friendly garden dining, and the elegantly Old World Pokhara. The wide pedestrian avenue of Reyes Católicos is lined with outdoor tables buzzing at all hours, and shops like the cinematic Donosti Librería hark back to the city’s days as an aristocratic beach destination.
Need to Know
Rooms: 102 rooms, one suite. From $84. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: In keeping with San Sebastián’s status as one of the world’s foremost culinary capitals, the hotel’s Sala7 restaurant is a popular dining destination, serving a seasonal menu of gourmet small plates and pintxos in a sleek, airy dining room accented by black-and-white film stills. The more casual snack bar serves both classic and cinema-inspired tapas alongside a full bar, and it fills up with locals at lunchtime. An extensive breakfast spread is served daily but is not included in all room rates. Spa and gym details: The hotel has no spa, but a fitness center is outfitted with modern equipment, yoga mats, and more.
Who's it best for: Cinephiles and design-conscious travelers who don’t need to be in the old town. Our favorite rooms: A handful of rooms in different categories have private balconies, but the Alfred Hitchcock–themed suite has top-floor views from a wraparound balcony, as well as a drop-down projector for watching large-screen movies in bed. Private screenings: The Alfred Hitchcock suite isn’t the only way to have a private film screening; the hotel has a full DVD library, and one of the conference rooms can be set up like a cinema if it’s empty and there’s a movie you’d like to watch.