Since opening in 1912, the Maria Cristina Hotel has been closely linked to historical and cultural events in San Sebastian, Spain. This coastal city at the south end of the Bay of Biscay became the favorite destination of 19th-century royals and aristocrats to enjoy the sun and the beach. The sleepy fishing village grew to become a thriving cosmopolitan city that required luxurious modern facilities to meet the demands of its new visitors.
The majestic building that houses the hotel enjoys a privileged location by the river and overlooking the sea. French architect Charles Mewes, who also has to his credit the Ritz hotels in Paris and Madrid, designed the Maria Cristina to impress the aristocracy of the time.
In July 1912, the regent of Spain, Maria Christina de Habsburgo-Lorena, was the first person to cross the threshold of the luxurious landmark, named after her as a personal tribute. More than 40 years later, with the opening of the 1953 San Sebastian Film Festival, the hotel attracted the first wave of movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Bette Davis. Years later, it continues to seduce celebrated film legends such as Woody Allen, Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brad Pitt, among others. Review our recommendations for luxury travel.
After a $33 million dollar renovation, the Maria Cristina is an exclusive five-star hotel with modern decor, spacious suites, attentive care to every detail and a first-class restaurant.
Decorated in the style of the Belle Époque and furnished with exclusive items from the Luxury Collection, the 136 rooms and 28 luxury suites were conceived for maximum comfort. The Maria Cristina offers regular and deluxe rooms overlooking the garden; and also premium rooms, with views of the river. The spacious Junior Suites, Grand Suite, and the Royal Suite, are the ultimate expressions of glamour, combining stunning views with the cachet associated with the hotel’s history.
As for the cuisine, the hotel has one of the best deals in town with its restaurant Easo, adorned with beautiful chandeliers, regal columns topped with gilded Corinthian capitals and plasterwork with effigies and garlands of delicate flowers.
Witness and protagonist of a golden age and a premier tourist attraction, the iconic Maria Cristina is one of the most prestigious hotels in Spain. The place to stay during your visit to San Sebastian. ■