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Photo courtesy of Pensión Edorta
Pensión EdortaIn Basque culture, a house is more than a building; it is intertwined with a family’s and a person’s identity. To welcome someone into your home is to welcome them into your life, to count them among your friends. At Pensión Edorta, a 19th-century house hidden away amid the narrow cobbled streets of San Sebastián’s historic Parte Vieja, this philosophy is evident. Owner Arantxa Alduntzin runs the guesthouse with her husband, Xabier, and brother, Edorta, in the very same house where she and Edorta grew up. The pensión is basic—half the rooms share a (spotlessly clean) communal bathroom, and neither toiletries nor breakfast are included—but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, a haven in the bustling tourist center. Rooms are simple and elegant, with modern furnishings, colorful walls, and, in some, private balconies overlooking the street below.
And the pensión’s location can’t be beat. Everything in the heart of San Sebastián is within walking distance. With many of the city’s famous pintxo bars just out the front door, a nightly pintxo hop is practically required here.