An exclusive retreat 15 minutes from San Sebastián, the Akelarre Hotel is set in an enviable location with unspoiled views of the sea and an acclaimed three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Since its opening in 1902 Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra has been a landmark on the San Sebastián seafront, encapsulating the charm of the early 20th century. With friendly staff and a convenient location overlooking La Concha Bay, it’s easy to see why guests return year after year.
Inside, black-and-white photos and glittering chandeliers recall its days as the premiere spot for the elite to relax by the seaside. The 167 rooms echo the natural hues of the beach and sea with light blues, yellows and earthy reds illuminated by large windows letting in the sunlight. Rooms provide air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi and are all of ample size. Beach towels are also provided.
The hotel’s restaurant, La Brasserie Mari Galant, serves a series of set menus which focus on fresh vegetables and local meat and seafood served in typical Basque style. However, the heart of San Sebastián’s old town, bursting with pintxos (Basque-style tapas) bars, is within an easy five minute walk.
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The first six floors of rooms are traditionally styled and echo the understated charm of the hotel when it originally opened, though with all modern amenities such as air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The seventh floor attic rooms, however, were constructed later and employ a much more contemporary design, each boasting its own terrace, sun loungers and full or partial sea views.
Overlooking La Concha Bay, the hotel is located just a two minute walk from the beach, while also being in the heart of San Sebastián. The old town can be reached in just five minutes on foot, and within 15 minutes you can walk to the aquarium and other nearby sights.
Food and drink
La Brasserie Mari Galant is a refined space with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing guests to enjoy their meals with views of the bay. The menu is updated daily in order to keep the emphasis on freshness, concentrating on local vegetables and premium meat and fish, with a special focus on grilled dishes. There is also an expertly curated wine list featuring some of the country’s best vintages.
Bursting with charm and elegance, the Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra remains true to its heritage while at the same offering great levels of modern comfort. We particularly love the uninterrupted sea views.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The grande dame of San Sebastián hotels set in a stately building overlooking the Urumea River, Hotel Maria Cristina blends Belle Époque grandeur with contemporary luxury. Faultless service, creative menus and a convenient location ensure a memorable stay.
A grand converted manor dating from 1898, Villa Soro offers warm, inviting rooms just outside the heart of San Sebastián. Its relaxed atmosphere, understated style and muted tones combine to create an intimate character in an elegant setting.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
As part of this hands-on half-day cooking class in San Sebastián, you’ll learn about the culinary heritage of the Basque Country. You get an introduction to typical ingredients and dishes from the region, and cook a multi-course meal, paired with local wines.
Industrial hub turned cultural hothouse, Bilbao is home to Frank Gehry’s groundbreaking Guggenheim as well as a lively cultural and culinary scene. On this tour, you explore the city with a private guide for an insight into its changing fortunes and engineering marvels.
You’ve an opportunity to sample some of the best pintxos in the Basque Country on this half-day tour of San Sebastián. You’ll try a wide range of typical local dishes with the help of an expert guide, as you wander from bar to bar.