Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian

Paseo, República Argentina Kalea, 4, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Inaugurated in 1912 by its namesake, the Spanish regent Maria Cristina, this belle epoque landmark has welcomed international elite to its gilded halls from day one. Designed by the same architect behind the Ritz in Paris, the hotel has long been a favorite of celebrities during the San Sebastián Film Festival (Bette Davis was, notably, a fan). A $25 million renovation in 2012 only cemented its status as the city’s most luxurious hotel. With three of the city’s most elegant eateries (including a favorite see-and-be-seen bar), panoramic views of iconic belle epoque buildings and the Urumea River from the many terraces, and signature Luxury Collection concierge service, the Maria Cristina still feels fit for the aristocracy who frequented it in the city’s beach-destination heyday. Spacious and decadent rooms with an updated belle epoque style, as well as a central location within walking distance of many of San Sebastián’s Michelin-starred restaurants, only sweeten the deal.

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Okay, okay Maria Cristina—you’ve got it all. This hotel is perfectly situated next to the Old Part, overlooking the river that winds through San Sebastián. Recently given a modernizing facelift, the rooms are decked out in turn of the century luxury. The bar downstairs is one of the best in the city. It’s the hands-down best spot to stay in the city. And it’s going to cost you.

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