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Hotel Maria Cristina

Historic landmark, posh sleeps

On the banks of the Urumea River, this grande dame hotel built at the same time as the Victoria Eugenia Theatre is arguably the most charismatic of San Sebastián Belle-Époque landmarks. Designed by Charles Mewes, the architect responsible for the Ritz hotels of Paris and Madrid, after being damaged during the Spanish Civil War the María Cristina was restored both structurally (plus a new wing added) as well as in terms of popularity. In fact, it's the customary address for the rich and famous visiting town, especially movie actors and directors at the city's reknowned annual international film festival. If the rates are also too rich, at least pop in for an eye-popping peek!

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