San Sebastian. From playgrounds to the attractions, as well as welcoming pintxos bars and restaurants (read here for the best places to eat in San Sebastian), more and more families are realising that this foodie paradise in the Basque region of Spain is a great destination for a break with kids (read here for an overview of a weekend break). Not only are there three beautiful sandy beaches within walking distance of one another La Concha, Zurriola and Ondarreta, but it’s an area of cultural significance, as well as architectural heritage. Plus there is so much choice when it comes to San Sebastian accommodation.
San Sebastian accommodation
I’ve been asked by many readers where are the best places to stay in San Sebastian. We opted for a holiday rental in San Sebastian – an apartment in the Old Town, which was perfect for us. We were able to wander by foot to all the hotspots and beaches and felt close to the action.
But there are also many different types of places to stay in San Sebastian, from luxury and boutique hotels to holiday apartments. I’ve rounded up where to stay in San Sebastian – and all of them are family-friendly and suitable for young children. So whatever budget you have, whether you’re looking for a San Sebastian hotel or a self-catering apartment, check out my top choices of San Sebastian accommodation below:
We stayed in the Coeur Apartment – we loved the location in the old quarter of San Sebastián. In fact, there are so many San Sebastian apartments in the Old Town. Not only was it close by to several pintxos bars, but the address, Agosto Street, has actually been named as one of the best urban streets in Europe. Okay, so there isn’t a lift, but we left our buggy downstairs and managed well fine with the stairs. Inside, the interiors are modern and fresh, and believe or not, even with the street noise, we found it to be relatively quiet. Ample room for a family of four – as well as a cot and highchair provided, we loved our San Sebastián base.
We dined in Hotel Niza’s Narru Restaurant and Monkey even enjoyed the culinary feast prepared by chef Iñigo Peña. What struck us was Hotel Niza’s prime spot facing La Concha Bay – and with its bright, airy room with marvellous views, as well as interconnecting rooms for families, this is a great choice for a modern hotel in a great San Sebastian location.
Sercotel Hotel Europa
For value for money, the Sercotel Hotel Europa is a fantastic hotel. Although it has a sleek and modern feel, the interiors are classic and elegant, while there is a cafe on-site if you fancy a coffee or small bite to eat before exploring the historic centre nearby, or the beach. Triple rooms and family rooms are available.
When you’re on holiday there is nothing better than a seaview – and the Costa Apartment offers it in spades. Within spitting distance of La Concha Beach which is perfect for paddling little feet. Recently renovated to a high standard, with light and modern interiors – the gem is the terrace which is accessible from the large living area. Highchairs and cots are provided.
Barceló Costa Vasca
Part of the Barceló hotel group, the Costa Vasca is another one of their hotels that exudes minimalist elegance – think crisp white linen and modern touches. The Costa Vasca is near to Ondarreta Beach and close to the lovely Miramar Palace. With views out to Mount Igueldo, the Costa Vasca has all you would expect from a modern hotel including an outdoor seasonal swimming pool. Bedrooms are large and triple rooms are available, too.
Amani Terrace Apartment
When looking for an apartment cost and location are key factors wouldn’t you agree? The Amani Terrace ticks both boxes, as well as being superbly kitted out, modern and homely. Located close to La Concha Bay and the Old Town and walkable to all the great places to eat, this two-bedroomed apartment has a lovely sun terrace with a generous living area and two bathrooms. Cots and highchairs are available too.
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
This historic hotel which has been on the beachfront at San Sebastián for over 100 years is a classic institution. You can’t miss the Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra on the main promenade at La Concha beach. Timeless and classic features from the Bella Epoque era, the rooms are large – and cots and extra beds for children are available. Sea views and a huge seafront terrace will really make you feel like you’re on holiday.
Do you want to recommend any more family-friendly accommodation in San Sebastián? I’d love to hear about your about your experiences.
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