A Newly Recommended Hotel in San Sebastián


After traveling across Spain, our editor’s final stop was San Sebastián, the foodie mecca known for its pintxo bars and Michelin-starred restaurants. The culinary scene was impressive, but so was a 22-room hotel on Monte Igueldo, 10 minutes from the city center and overlooking the vast Cantabrian Sea.


This picturesque Basque country retreat surveys the vast Cantabrian Sea from its perch on Monte Igueldo. The hotel, opened in 2017, is dramatic at every turn, from the sunken roof decks topping the monolithic cubes that hold the rooms to the enormous picture windows that highlight the splendor of the surroundings. Natural materials like wood, linen and stone exude warmth throughout. Rooms feature 10-foot-high ceilings and contemporary décor in a palette of whites, off-whites and light wood. The hotel is a companion to the celebrated three-star Michelin restaurant of the same name, which opened in 1975.

From the editor: “Drawn to a deck outside, we marveled at the extraordinarily imaginative architecture. Below, guests could be seen sitting on the rooftops of monolithic stone cubes that jutted from the hillside, cocktails in hand, admiring the view. If someone had told me I’d been transported to the set of a James Bond film, I would not have been surprised.”

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