Silken Amara Plaza Hotel

Address: Plaza Pio XII 7, San Sebastián - Donostia, Basque, 20010, Spain and Canary Islands | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Plaza Pio XII 7, San Sebastián - Donostia, is near Parque Aiete, Real Sociedad de Futbol, Museo Naval, and Edificio de Correos.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Silken Amara Plaza Hotel San Sebastián - Donostia

      Stylish hotel


      Stayed here 4 nights, after cancelling the room we had booked at the Barcelo Costa Vasca. Very nice hotel - room was a reasonable size, and the bathroom was good with lovely toiletries. Good price overall considering the time of year etc.

      Yes its a 20 minute walk to the beach, but its a nice walk. And in the evening it was just under €5 in a cab home from old quarter.

      The cafe was good, and non-smoking. The bar was good for a drink after a night out, but often we found it quite smoky which was quite unpleasant.

      Didn't try the breakfast, so can't comment on that!

      Well worth a visit.

      Nice hotel .. 20 mins walk to town


      We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in early May 2006. The hotel is very good with large rooms and decent sized bathrooms. They have exceptional toiletries, which were replenished every day.

      The only downside is the 20 minute walk into town - it is a very nice walk though. The main bus station is right beside the hotel, so it is very convenient. They offer car parking for a fee - just make sure you get your ticket validated each time you want to leave the car park or else you will get hit up for a hefty fee.

      Great staff


      first up, this hotel won't give you a sea view. you may get a bus station view or a river view but it's a good 20-30 minute walk to the beaches. but the walk is a very nice one, along tree lined boulevards either by the river or through the city past handy pinchos bars and designer shops. it's great in the morning and a nice stroll home in the evening. if your legs are a little worse for wear after a few too many cervezas then a taxi will take you home for five euros.

      the hotel is literally in the carpark of san sebastian's small bus station, great for heading to bilbao and back. my room backed on to it and while not a great view, it was very quiet and you could see plenty people going about their daily business on the streets below.

      the hotel is modern, spotlessly clean, large rooms, very comfortable beds, good aircon and the staff were great with very good english spoken. rooms have good sized tv, well stocked minibars, large bathrooms with powerful showers over the baths, big towels, bidet, huge mirrors and plenty of marble. very nice.

      all in all, a good hotel if you don't mind a little exercise

      Nice Hotel- Bad Service


      Just back from a three night stay at the Silken Amara. PLeasant enought rooms but have stayed in much nicer hotels in Spain for much less than the €130 per night the Amara charged. Reception staff were quite rude and disinterested. Breakfast buffett was big on selection but low on quality.

      There is a big hole in the wall on the stairs which looks like it will never be filled in. No atmosphere, nothing exceptional about it. Location fine- I enjoyed the 20 minute walk to the city.

      Overall it was fine but I wont be returning there.

      Great for Bilbao


      The hotel is clean, modern, friendly, and easy to get to with a car. It is a very nice 30 minute walk to the beach along the river or a 5 minute cab ride. I have been to San Sebastian twice and feel the beach is a nice setting for a great town...not the other way around, so not having the beach at my doorstep wasn't a big deal for me.

      One of the best things about the hotel was that is was adjacent to the bus station which was super convenient if you are planning to go to Bilbao on a day trip (about an hour ride on the bus). No small consideration if you have limited time.

      P.S. Skip breakfast. Plenty of cheaper and at least as good places all around the neighborhood.

      Good Hotel


      Room was very clean and comfortable as was the bathroom. Reception staff were fine. The hotel is located right beside the main bus station with buses going to Bilbao Pamplona Madrid. The one downside to the hotel is the location its a good 20 minute walk at least to the beach and old town.

      Good deal


      my boyfriend & i just returned from san sebastian, spain & had a wonderful time. the silken amara hotel is not on the beach nor centrally located, but is a good deal for the money. it is only a 15 minute walk to the beach or a $5 taxi to the beach/old town. the rooms are modern, a decent size for europe and clean. the front desk personal are extremely helpful and spoke english well. the tapas places in the old town are a great deal for lunch or dinner, they are about the only thing open at lunch time. brush up on your spanish, it will make your trip easier. also try the "thalassotherapy" at the la perla spa, very cool experience. also, be sure to take a beach towel with you when you go to the beach, it is hard to find them for sale around the beach oddly enough. san sebastian is a great vacation spot, but you can do it all in 4-5 days.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Silken Amara Plaza Hotel San Sebastián - Donostia

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

      Travel Blogs from San Sebastián - Donostia

      France is cold and damp

      A travel blog entry by oldagetraveller on Dec 06, 2014

      2 comments, 7 photos

      ... France is a lovely country, but it needs time to sit and soak up the atmosphere and the weather to match. In winter, when trying to get from A to B, it is just a vast boring plain to be crossed as quickly as possible. That part of the journey has been completed now, and we breathed a sigh of relief as we crossed into Spain. Sadly that sigh had to be drawn back in as the weather system followed us and northern Spain proved just as wet.

      Bull Run

      A travel blog entry by whelan_89 on Jul 07, 2014

      ... the side as they run past and then keep running behind them- after about 30 seconds another cracker goes off and another 6 huge (600kg) bulls are released! The aim for runners is to make it to the arena (alive) before the last bull gets into the arena. As once the last bull is in they shut the gates and if you didn't make it in your not good enough to get in! Some people start running way before the first cracker and when they get to the arena everyone boo's them for starting to ...

      San Sebastián. Sunny and warm.

      A travel blog entry by mastgully on Jun 27, 2014

      10 photos

      ... to have something other than tapas for a change, we make the mistake of ordering a bowl of paella, which we figure from the mass produced menu is going to be basic, but we didn't expect it to be as bad as it was. Tasted like instant packet rubbish. Tapas would have been wiser....I have one more smoked salmon delight with drinks in the old town. Settle up with Anne and retrieve our semi dried clothes. Hugs and kisses ...

      Red, red wine! You make me feel so fine

      A travel blog entry by pegsaroni on Jun 12, 2012

      23 photos

      ... things we've been getting everywhere else. Soon it was off to book our tickets for the Milan for tomorrow, as we don't want to go through all the trouble we had yesterday again. While Shannon enjoyed his meal in first class and the extra leg room, €39 seemed a bit steep for the privilege. On the way to the station, we ran into the two Germans staying in our dorm room, great people. They're we're both working in a surf camp in southern France before coming here, before that they ...

      San Sebastian

      A travel blog entry by antipodean on Nov 25, 2010

      30 photos

      ... villages in Spain. It is a 2 hour drive west, and well worth it. The streets of the old town are as they were hundreds of years ago with only minor modern changes creeping in. The streets are still roughly cobbled and very narrow, with many original buildings and a great atmosphere around. We visited the Palaeolithic cave of Altamira that was discovered just outside of the village – which has intact ceiling ...

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      Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain