Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian

  • 02 Feb - 08 Feb, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

Since opening in 1912, the restored Hotel Maria Cristina has been closely linked to the history and cultural life of San Sebastian. Experience gracious hospitality on a grand scale in the hotel’s rooms and suites. Decorated in a sophisticated palette of greys and white, the rooms are a quiet haven of luxury, style, technology and a dazzling range of services which, combined, make for an unforgettable stay. Discover Dry Bar, a sophisticated space where you can enjoy afternoon tea, and a wide variety of traditional Spanish tapas or main courses.

The suites’ contemporary decoration, with marble fireplaces, glass lamps and velvet turquoise arm chairs, come together with shades of grey, beige and green to give the rooms an exquisite elegance.

Dry Bar pays homage to the days of glamour and its frequent Hollywood guests, such as Bette Davis, whose portrait sits at the center of the bar.

Located just a few meters away from the iconic Playa de la Concha, it is a one-of-a kind experience.

La Perla Spa

La Perla Thalassotherapy Centre has been ensuring the well-being of well-healed San Sebbers since 1912.

Amid Belle Époque surroundings spa-goers bathe in the same way they have here since La Perla opened its doors.

Established by Spain’s Queen Maria Cristina at the royal summer-house in San Sebastián, La Perla Spa was built, and then rebuilt in 1912, right on La Concha beach. The beach was awarded with the title of Royal Beach after it became a popular hangout with the queen and Spain’s aristocracy.

La Perla Spa uses sea water in its hydrotherapy pools and is regarded as the best thalassotherapy urban spa in Europe.

There is something about its setting, the grandeur of its hallowed hall of wellness makes La Perla a perfect place to relax while away for an afternoon. And as one of San Sebastián’s many cultured corners it’s a place to renew yourself while enjoying a little of the city’s heritage.

La Perla Spa also has a popular restaurant, looking over the same sea view, but of course, this European Capital of Culture also has some of Spain’s best food, so options for a post-spa dinner are plentiful.