Pension Bellas Artes
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pension Bellas Artes San Sebastián - Donostia
As wonderful as advertised.
We booked based on previous reviews in Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. Leire and her mother Maricarmen were lovely -- welcoming and enthusiastic about San Sebastian. They went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable and, as others have pointed out, gave us impeccable recommendations for pintxos and sightseeing. Leire goes far beyond the norm to ensure her clients are comfortable. The rooms were clean and comfortable and well-appointed. The Internet was down -- the router was having problems -- but Leire was able to recommend nearby hotspots so that wasn't a big issue. One evening she volunteered to keep an eye on our (not so small) children while we had a quick post-dinner drink. Altogether a wonderful experience.
A great introduction to the city
We stayed for just one night on a quick trip through the Basque country and found the Pension - and more importantly, it's two prorietresses - to be just as great as the other reviews had promised. The mother and daughter who run the place went far out of their way to help us get oriented to the city (e.g., mapping out the best places to go for Pinxtos, helping my friend find vegetarian food in the city, etc.) and made this part of our trip feel like a true vacation. The place itself is cute - not luxurious, but prettier than we had a right to expect at the price (stone wall in the room, view out onto a picturesque street below), and totally clean, etc. Free internet was also a boon. You'd do well to stop your search and just stay here!
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Ci siamo imbattuti in questo gioiello inaspettato durante la nostra frenetica visita a San Sebastian. Ogni aspetto della nostra vacanza č stata arricchita dal nostro breve soggiorno qua. Il comfort, la posizione e la personalitŕ della proprietaria sono tutti di prima qualitŕ. Č uno di quei posti da cui non vorresti mai andartene.
we stumbled onto this unexpected gem on our whirlwind visit to San Sebastian. Every aspect of our stay was enriched by our short time here. Comfort, location and the personality of the proprietor are all top quality. one of those places you would like to keep to yourself.
Un posto fantastico
Abbiamo soggiornato qui per 3 notti e l'abbiamo trovato adorabile. Si trova in fondo alla strada rispetto al centro cittŕ. La camera era grande. Non riuscivamo a credere che fosse un due stelle. La madre e la figlia che gestiscono il posto sono due bellissime persone. Non ho trovato alcun difetto in questo hotel.
Great place to stay
Stayed here for 3 nights and loved it. It's located just down the road from the city centre. The room we had was a grand size. Can't believe it's a two star. The mother and daughter running are two of the nicest people you could meet. Couldn't fault the place.
Lovely pension and wonderful hospitality
When checking in the Pension, I felt that I might stay at the designer Hotel. Room is very clean and has cozy atmosphere. This pension is not only to sleep but also to relax. This pension has 2 star formally, but I want to give 3 or 4 star. It is managed by daughter (Laire) and mother, and they are very kind. Especially Laire speaks English frequently, and she can give various advice of a recommended restaurant or tourist attraction in San Sebastian. It is located in a center of town and 7 min walk from railway station.
This Daughter and Mom run Pension is a home away from home, they make you feel like your part of the family. The Pension is very clean and affortable for the budget mined travelers. Its a few blocks from the beach and the downtown shops, but this is not a problem for most travelers if the place is as nice as stated. We spent 2 days at the Pension and the 10 rooms she rents out where all full, so book well in advance of traveling to this location. They have a small kitchen that you can use if you so like.
Excellent service, friendly environment, wonderful surprise!
Mother and daughter manage this small pension, which offers comfortable and cosy rooms, with carefully selected bed covers and fresh flowers in every room. The rooms are so clean that you forget you are in a pension. The two wonderful ladies (the daughter speaks fluent english) immediately make you feel as if you are part of the family. We had been on the road for almost a month across Europe and we didn't feel so welcome in any other place! They literally take personal care of every customer and give the best tips for restaurants & sightseeing for their elegant basque capital as well as the whole region. I would recommend this pension to anyone. Keep in mind that breakfast is not available, but there are cafes you may chose nearby.
Christianna & Tassos
A friend and I stayed at the Pension Bellas-Artes for 4 nights on a recent trip to San Sebastian. I would highly recommend it for budget to mid-range travelers. The pension is small (under 10 rooms) and so is very personable. Each room is very clean, nicely decorated and has its own private bathroom. It is in a great location - 1 block from the train station, a 10 min. walk to the bus station and an easy 15 min. walk to the beach. The owner, Leire (who is fluent in English), is fabulous and was great help planning excursions, choosing restaurants and going shopping! She really went out of her way to make our trip enjoyable. Some other selling points are that there is a public computer with Internet access, a small kitchenette, and an elevator.
San Sebastian accommodations are pricey in general because it is a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer. But, for Sanse this place is a great, affordable find and good for a range of travelers (while we were there there were backpackers, older couples, couples with children, and a famous Spanish dancer!). My only complaint is that the pension is on a main street, so the rooms facing the street can get loud. If noise is an issue for you, request one of the 2 inside rooms or bring earplugs and you'll be fine:)
TripAdvisor Reviews Pension Bellas Artes San Sebastián - Donostia
Travel Blogs from San Sebastián - Donostia
... all the best parts of any beach I have ever been to. The sand is soft, the water is clear, and the level is shallow. I turn my back on the ocean and look towards the city that has captured my heart in such a short amount of time. I think to myself that I hope to be back in that same spot one day, but if I don’t return I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to become familiar with this little town. ...
... Mary and constitution square where bull fighting used to take place. The numbers on the spectator boxes can still clearly be seen. They are now very upmarket apartments. San Sebastian is a Spanish university town with an attractive old town and the Spanish royal family used to spend their summer holidays here.We enjoyed a coffee before returning to the motor home via a lovely park. This evening we watched a fabulous sunset from our campsite ...
... the 1 1/2 hour drive to Bilbao to see the world famous Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum. We checked into the Carlton Hotel (very nice) located right on the main square of downtown, and walked the 10 minutes to the museum. The museum building itself if wonderful, and is truly a great work of architecture. For the two of us, though, the pieces in the museum are best left to be enjoyed by others. We are glad we had the chance to tour the collection ...
... we found a campsite just out of town and pitched up. The next day we headed back into San Sebastian. No sooner had we parked the car and set off on a walk then I was bombing into the crystal waters off the marina!! My textbook tombstones and cannonballs were no match for the 70 odd year old who rocked up in trunks and googles and dove straight in....planting a quality staple!!! After a few more bombs and ...
... trail I was on was perfect. I made a few friends who were pretty damn cool, I will say- Vanessa Slaka, a fellow American, John Mills, a Canadian (he is cool despite that though) and an Ecuadorian woman who I have lost touch with. The next day, we all went along that same trail, to the next town over. It was a perfect day. Walking along sea cliffs, through woods, through ruins from the civil ...