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  • Enjoy elegance in this luxury hotel, which is decorated in classic Belle Époque style with original features
  • Located in San Sebastian’s historic city centre and overlooking the Urumea River, Hotel María Cristina is surrounded by gardens and promenades just a short walk from white sandy beaches. We've also included a Pintxo Tasting Tour to sample the authentic flavours of the region.
  • Admire lovely river views from your Premium Room and a complimentary cocktail, just for you!

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Your Destination

Just for you: Pintxo Tasting Tour (either day tour or nighttime tour)

Rising majestically above the vivacious historic city centre of San Sebastian, Hotel Maria Cristina is supremely surrounded by promenades and gardens. This landmark building is situated between the white sand beaches and colourful buildings of La Concha and La Zurriola and in front of the Urumea River and Victoria Eugenia Theatre. Just opposite—on the other side of the river—is the Kursaal Congressional Palace.

As the capital of Gipuzkoa, San Sebastian is a city where visitors co-exist seamlessly with the approximately 180,000 locals who frequent the city’s esteemed restaurants, world-class casino, and Zubieta Race Track. The vast selection of cultural activities includes year-round options San Telmo Museum, Balenciaga Museum and the Aquarium. Annual head-line events are the International Film Festival, Musical Fortnight, and Jazz Festival. The Fantasy and Horror Film Festival and Theatre Festival are exciting options for the adventurous. Gipuzkoa is also a recent discovery of the golf world. The winding Cantabric coast lined with small fishing villages, beaches, cliffs, and rocky coves presents a contrasting landscape perfect for the picturesque sport.

As a result of an astonishing 16 Michelin stars bestowed upon San Sebastian restaurants, culinary aficionados congregate here to sample distinctive Basque cuisine.

Not only does the city in Spain’s Basque region have more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than anywhere else in Europe, but even a cheap plate from the dingiest of hole-in-the-wall bars is spectacular.

Frankie
Evening Standard

María Cristina 5*

Hotel Maria Cristina is an integral destination for international explorers. Located in San Sebastian’s historic city centre and overlooking the Urumea River, it is surrounded by gardens and promenades just a short walk from white sandy beaches.

Start a memorable day with a delicious breakfast, discover Basque gastronomy at the new culinary centre or take a leisurely break at the Bar Dry San Sebastián.

Marvel at the modern technology, exquisite details, and sweeping river and city views in the hotel’s 107 guest rooms and 29 suites, each devoted to the classic, opulent style of the Belle Époque with a sophisticated palette of grays and whites.

...the Hotel Maria Cristina near the mouth of the Urumea river is one of Europe’s great old Belle Époque hotels and has hosted everybody who was anybody in the last century.

David
London Expert

  • Parking
  • Fitness centre
  • Concierge
  • Cooking school
  • Free wi-fi
  • Dry bar
  • Restaurant
  • 136 rooms
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Air-conditioning

Please note: some services may incur a surcharge, payable locally

Your Room

This offer is based on a Premium River View Room.

Sleeps Up To

Adults Adults
2 Adults
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1 Child
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3 Adults
Simultaneously timeless and contemporary, these rooms offer extraordinary views of the river. The rooms also feature a spacious layout resplendent with myriad amenities, such as complimentary high speed internet access and signature comforts. Ranging from the Luxury Collection bed to the marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate rain shower, they ensure an indelible experience.

Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed.

Your Board Basis

This offer is based on a Bed and Breakfast stay (Daily Buffet Breakfast).

Just for you: 1 complimentary cocktail per person in the San Sebastian Dry Bar.

Looking out over the Urumea River and Victoria Eugenia Theatre, Hotel Maria Cristina’s restaurant outlets offer top-tier service in an enchanting atmosphere. Around the town, the colourful flavours of Basque cuisine waft through the stone streets. In reverence to the region’s fresh flavours, restaurants combine their seasonal á la carte menus—crafted according to daily market produce—with classic fresh fish and meat dishes.

A gastronomic paradise, the 16 Michelin starred city offers not only fine dining, but also local cuisine including renowned carveries and cider houses, and the celebrated specialty, pintxos: small portions of food served at bars for tapas or snacks. To taste them in their authentic environs, head to San Sebastian´s Casco Viejo.

Pintxo Tasting Tour

Just for you: A Pintxo Tasting Tour per booking (children are not admitted to nighttime tour)

Duration: 2.5 Hours 
Includes: Up to 4-5 Pintxo bars, all food & wine, local culinary bilingual guide, maximum 10 guests per tour
Meeting point: Mimo San Sebastian Cooking School, Okendo 1, 20004 Donostia-San Sebastián.

This tour dives straight into the culinary heart of the city for a unique eating and drinking experience. From fresh prawns, to line-caught baby squid, to perfectly charred steak, this tour will bring you delightful dishes in a number of traditional spots and chic, avant-garde bars. Each dish will also be paired with a traditional regional beverage for a truly authentic experience.

Your Journey to María Cristina 5*

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Private transfers can be added at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee (flight inclusive offers only)

Car Hire: Car hire may be added for an additional fee at the next stage of the booking process (flight inclusive offers only).

Distance between Bilbao airport & María Cristina: 1 hour 10 minutes / 101km

Travel Advice

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Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Travel Documents

Flight Inclusive Offers
You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.
Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents. You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

If you have booked transfers, Meet & Greet, car hire or airport lounges, you will receive a separate voucher for each of these services. Please note that transfer vouchers are sent directly from the transfer supplier.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at customer.relations@voyageprive.com

Accommodation Only
You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.
Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Important Information

For further information on passport & visa requirements click here

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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