Concierge.com's insider take:
Set right on La Concha Beach, this 148-room hotel recalls the San Sebastián of the Belle Époque era, when Spanish royalty made the city its summer playground. In operation since the late 19th century, it still retains an air of grandeur—though its rooms are a little dowdy (the carpeting and wallpaper are faded and prehistoric-looking, and the ridiculously large hair dryers definitely need to go). Still, they're spacious and comfortable, and for the price, you won't find a better location; just be sure to book one of the 78 ocean-view rooms or suites. The boardwalk, and the hotel's alfresco beachfront bar and restaurant, are just outside the back door, and it's only a five-minute walk to the pintxos bars of the Casco Viejo or the high-end stores in the city center.