San Sebastián’s exclusive Hotel Villa Soro combines a century-old villa experience with luxury hotel service. A beautiful 19th century chateaux with Historical Heritage Building status, this stately country house epitomizes first-class grandeur and optimal beach tranquility in one of Spain’s most magical cities.

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Hotel Villa Soro occupies two classical buildings distinct as much for their stone façade and chateaux gabled exteriors as they are for their tastefully elegant and timelessly presented interiors. The 25 individually designed bedrooms are beyond grand, many with high ceilings, local artwork, and private garden terraces, others with odd antiques, lovely fabrics, and big, comfy beds, and all with marble en-suite bathrooms with Penhaligon oils, bathtubs, and separate showers. While traditional in style, the rooms also feature all of the technological gadgets necessary for the world traveler, including flat screen televisions, DVD players, and complimentary Internet access. The most exclusive stay is within the Deluxe Villa apartments, the original rooms of the family who once lived in the house, which still retain the quintessential 19th century luxury of that time period.

The attention is in the details throughout the villa, from the marble halls and sweeping staircases, to the grand fireplaces and central Ducasse designed garden. Wandering around, beautiful hardwood floors, antique furniture, and exquisite fabrics reveal themselves in the multiple rooms, especially in the garden-side conservatory where European breakfasts of freshly squeezed orange juice, yogurts, fruit, croissants, baguettes, and cooked ham and cheeses are enjoyed each morning before setting off for a day of sun, sea, and sand. There is also a lovely room service menu, attended to by the unfailingly kind staff, but given that San Sebastián is widely considered Spain’s gastronomical capital, most prefer to head to town for a taste of the region’s famous seafood pintxos (tapas) and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Guests of Hotel Villa Soro enjoy complimentary beach towels for their excursions to sunny Zurriola Beach, an easy 10-minute walk from the hotel, as well as easy access to all of the city’s best restaurants near the Kursaal Congress Center. While the hotel is located outside the main city center, complimentary bike rentals and bike-friendly lanes make it easy to access all the highlights of the area. After an invigorating climb up Monte Urgull for epic views of the city and coast, roll back down to Villa Soro for a cooling drink at the elegant oak-paneled bar and sitting room, soaking in the Basque Country sun on the terrace or warming up by the fire inside.

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