Travel Blogs from San Sebastián - Donostia
The morning was spent hiking up and down the hill leading to the beach from our campsite of Zarautz, and enjoying a last bath in the ocean, in the company of surfers attracted by the prospect of big Atlantic waves. The waves were so so but the good thing is the water was warmer than the air this time! We chose to spend the last afternoon in San Sebastian, as my old Valencia flatmate Josele had been telling me so many good things about the city and the Basque Country. So we started off ...
We were In Biarritz for two days. On the first day of Biarritz we arived late. We looked around the shops and then had dinner, then went to bed. On the second day we went out for breakfast in the morning. In the afternoon we went shopping and went for a swim in the beach. At the beach there was a platform that we jumped of it about 5 times. ...
... for San Sebastian wave storm I think you can see the video footage of it. This is a destination for surfers, and there is some video of them surfing on the river as the waves work their way into the town.
Overall, we were really impressed with San Sebastian and highly recommend it as a family trip destination. This place would be a blast kid free too...the Pinxto bars would make wandering to eat, drink and be merry a real treat!
... one quite different. We ended the night with some delicious crepes filled with cream and caramel sauce. Yum! The next day the weather was much better. Still not that warm but the sun was out and it was clear blue skies. There is a big statue of Jesus on top of a hill that you get a pretty sweet view from so we decided to hike up there. Once we actually figured out how to get up there that is! A couple of the paths were closed for maintenance so we ended ...
... We took so many pictures, and we took a little boat ride, which was not that exciting, but it was for the experience. We went up to the top of the tower and take more pictures and in Spain so far this was the prettiest views I have seen yet.
We took the car back down to the city and met with our next BlahBlah host and off we went to Zaragoza. The ride home was different than the ride there, because it was late, we were tired, and so we had a pretty ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Niza San Sebastián - Donostia
After doing a lot of research on where to stay in San Sebastian I decided to go with Hotel Niza. It was a great place to stay. The rooms were clean and seemed to be remodeled in the last year or two. We went with another couple and I had requested oceanview rooms and we got them. Granted, it's the off-season in May so I'm not sure how full the hotel was...anyway, the rooms were great and the views spectacular. Also, the restaurant in the basement was packed on Saturday night within 5 minutes after opening. Really good food at a good price. My one complaint was that two of the female front desk clerks were somewhat rude and condescending. There was a man who was wonderful. So, if you can get by the front desk, the rest of your stay at Hotel Niza will be wonderful. NO REGRETS!!!
Loved the Niza
Our son, who was living in Spain, made the reservations for us. Staying there at the Niza, with the Promenade, the ocean view from the bar, the street view from our room, the food, drinks, people, everything made it the perfect dream come true vacation. We hope to stay there again in the near future.
Beautiful room, stunning view . If you are looking for a romantic holidays with you love one. this is the place.
Nicely done Niza!
I spent a couple of days at the Niza over Easter and was very pleased with the accomodation and the central location. The Hotel is very quaint (with the cutest elevator) and nicely decorated and our room was simple, fairly spacious, with clean lines and a fresh look. I found the staff very helpful and friendly despite reports to the contrary.
Another bonus is Bar Biarritz at the front of the hotel - which is an excellent spot to read the papers and watch the people on the promenade. I thought the Niza was great and would definitely recommend it - especially if you manage to secure a sea-view.
Bad Service-Poor Facilities
Stayed at the Hotel Niza for, thank goodness, only one night and found it a total dissapointment. The unfriendly staff had to be asked three times for a roll away bed which we had requested at the time we made our reservation. The room itself was less than fresh reeking of a chocking air freshener. Under the bed the wood floor was thick with dust and various spots on the walls and wood work needed attention.
Course when we checked in, even the lobby looked like it needed a good steam cleaning. Though we did get nice ocean view rooms (they made us e-mail and call twice) we might have been more satisfied with a warmer welcome and less attitude.
I had a great experience at the Niza. Spent a week in San Sebastian first week of Sept. with college friends from the states and we all agreed that it was perfect for what we were looking for. Beautiful views of La Concha beach, oceanfront rooms that we didn't even request, one with a balcony. Walking distance to the old town with great pinxto bars. Decor was very beachy and pretty, with a very cool Victorian elevator. The staff was very helpful even before we arrived, as I called several times to make changes to the reservation. And then at the end of the trip when we decided to go to Barcelona a day early, they let us check out a day ahead for no charge. Prices were very reasonable and simple continental breakfast was included. Would definitely stay there again on another trip and have recommended to everyone I know.
I had heard mixed things about the Niza, a pretty hotel located right
We reserved two double rooms for single use, requesting sea view rooms. The return fax could not promise ocean views, but upon arrival we were given neighboring ocean side rooms (mid October 2003). The price was astonishing -- 64 Euros per room, plus 7% tax (breakfast extra at 6.5 Euros). Continental breakfast can be augmented by eggs and bacon. We kept wondering when we'd discover the flaws, but there were none. Rooms were large, beautifully furnished and impeccably clean. Recently refurbished (very modern) bathrooms. Each room had an upholstered chair, desk, twin beds and matching night stands. PLENTY of lamps and sconces for reading. Cable TV with 4 English channels (also, French and German). Warm, helpful staff. Located right in the center of La Concha beach (wide sand), easy walking distance along pedestrian sea promenade to the Old Town with its dozens of tapas bars and restaurants. Popular inexpensive pizza & pasta restaurant in basement of hotel. Bar (entrance from sea side of hotel) serves the best grilled ham and cheese sandwich for only 2.6 Euros. I'm going to stay here again when I return to San Sebastian.
Bad time at the Niza
we stayd at the Niza hotel during the month of august , i reserved rooms well in advance , the hotel is well situated facing the la concha beach . the rooms facing the sea are reserved ( i guess by repeat costumers ) and we could not get rooms facing the sea , the rooms we got were on the third floor facing the street , to our great dismay the noise and shouts from passersby filtered into the room , the noise was awefull . breakfast is included in room price but it is such a poor affair served in a demeaning way . we left two days early couldnt stand the noise .
Niza couldn't be nicer
I spent four days at The Niza and loved it. There are wonderful paintings everywhere. It's chic, in a great location on the Concha and the staff are friendly and helpful. I was there alone and felt really comfortable. Try the thalassoptherapy centre just along the promenade - it's blissful.