San Sebastián | Hotel María Cristina

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 5 No tags Permalink 0

This is one of the main reasons I want to go back to San Sebastián.

I went for a walk along Playa de La Concha our first day in San Sebastián, and there’s a point along the bay where you get the most amazing view of Hotel María Cristina. It’s beautiful in the day…

…but I like better at night when the sky is pitch black and the hotel is all lit up.

They named it after the queen of Spain and the hotel opened in 1912 during the Belle Époque. It’s opulent, but in an understated, elegant style. Currently it’s part of the Starwood-owned Luxury Collection Hotels (like

The original architect was Charles Mewès…he’s also the guy behind other Ritz hotels in Europe including the ones in Paris and Madrid.

For their 100th anniversary, the hotel received a $25M renovation (the strategy behind the Luxury Collection brand is to restore iconic hotels). And with the María Cristina they focused on enhancing all the feminine aspects of the property. Think curves, silk curtains, and marble floors.

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5 Comments
  • AboutBC
    November 30, -0001

    Regards from Basque Countryhttp://blog.aboutbc.info/2012/12/11/una-hawaiana-de-origen-chino-visita-el-pais-vasco-y-lo-disfruta/

  • anonymous
    November 27, 2012

    So gorgeous… when can I move in?? :)

  • Shelby
    November 28, 2012

    I was there in late May / early June and the Maria Christina was still under renovation. I thought I was upset about not staying there before, but now that I see these pictures it's even worse! I'll just have to go back, I suppose!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 29, 2012

    Hi Genesee! Take me with you when you move in :) Hi Shelby! Ooo definitely worth a return trip ^_^

  • Unknown
    November 30, 2012

    gorgeous pictures! which camera do you use to take these?

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