5 Sensational Stays in San Sebastian | European Capital of Culture 2016

With its famous Basque cuisine making it a gastronomical paradise, the beautiful seaside city of San Sebastian, which currently holds the title of The European Capital of Culture 2016, is the perfect destination for anyone looking to indulge in culture, luscious food and beaches this summer.

Food lovers may know it well, but this year the Basque city is showcasing its artistic side with more than 400 projects planned to mark its year as Europe’s Capital of Culture.

Waves of Energy’ is a project launched by San Sebastian in 2016 that brings to life cultural ideas and programmes from the public – including exhibitions, and performances in stunning venues such as Basque music’s new home, Musikene, the San Telmo museum or the cube-shaped Kursaal by the sea.

With this in mind, we've put together a list of our top accommodations for those looking to visit San Sebastian, so you can indulge in everything this Spanish city has to offer.

The perfect spot for those looking for something a little different. Under 10 miles from San Sebastian airport, this quirky self-catering apartment has to be seen to be believed (the back end of a car providing a place to sit for example). Situated just 450 yards from La Concha Beach, it’s the perfect home for the stylish traveller.

Featuring stylish décor, this modern boutique hotel, set in central San Sebastian, offers its furniture, sculptures and paintings for guests to buy - so you can take a piece of San Sebastian culture home with you. The Hotel features a Japanese-style garden with a fountain where you can muse your day’s cultural and gastronomical discoveries.

This 5-star hotel is located opposite the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, which hosts many cultural events in San Sebastian. Dating from 1912, this hotel it’s decorated in classic Belle Époque style with original columns, brocades and chandeliers so you can step back in time to some old-style San Sebastian styling.

Perfectly located just a 5-minute walk from La Concha Beach, Casa Nicolasa offers modern accommodation with stylish décor. This guest house is nearby to San Sebastian’s old town, with its array of tapas bars and delicious restaurants just walking distance away – the ideal spot for those looking to experience San Sebastian’s buzzy food culture. 

Pensión Peñaflorida is situated in the heart of San Sebastian City-Centre, just 350 yards from Victoria Eugenia Theatre and 550 yards from Kursaal auditorium, designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, and host to many cultural events including the biggest film festival in Spain, the San Sebastian International Film Festival, which takes place 16th – 24th September 2016.