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.
Housed in a 19th-century mansion that once belonged to an aristocratic Basque family, Villa Soro is now a protected Site of Historical Heritage in San Sebastián. The large entrance hall and comfortable drawing room recall its days as a family home with the intimate atmosphere permeating throughout the hotel.
The 25 rooms are split between the main manor house and the converted stable annex behind. The decor in the guest rooms is classical and traditional with some featuring antiques, but all provide modern comforts such as coffee machines, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Breakfast is served in a breakfast room lined with decorative wood panels which opens onto a small terrace in fine weather. There is no on-site restaurant, but the hotel can provide a small room service dinner menu. The three-Michelin-starred restaurant Arzak is about a 15 minute walk away, or you could walk into the heart of San Sebastián in about 20 minutes. The hotel is also about a 15 minute walk from Zurriola Beach.
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Rooms are comfortable and feature the same classic style that the original family owners would have enjoyed, though updated to include modern comforts such as coffee machines, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rooms in the converted stable annex are slightly more modern in decor, while the rooms in the main house offer more traditional features. Some rooms also feature private balconies or terraces.
Situated just outside the heart of San Sebastián, Villa Soro is located in an affluent residential area that is still easily accessible. Central San Sebastián is just a seven minute taxi ride away while Zurriola Beach can be reached in 15 minutes on foot. The hotel also has bikes available to borrow free of charge for exploring the city.
Food and drink
A buffet breakfast is served in the traditional breakfast room which has wood panels adorning the walls and an attached terrace that is open in fine weather. The hotel does not offer lunch, though a small room service dinner menu can be provided upon request. However, the hotel is not far from the heart of San Sebastián, whose restaurants share a combined 16 Michelin stars.
Facilities and activities
The hotel features a small but fully-equipped gym that guests may make use of during their stay. Reception is also happy to lend towels to use at the nearby beach, or bikes to ride into central San Sebastián.
Classical and elegant, we find the Villa Soro to be a particularly welcoming property that feels much more like a family home than a hotel.
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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.
A San Sebastián institution welcoming guests for well over 100 years, Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra offers impeccable service, old-world charm and a beachfront location. It is a convenient spot for a seaside stay close to the heart of the town.
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.
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.