From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Set atop a verdant hill 15 miles west of San Sebastián, this country retreat is a seductive reason to leave the Basque city behind. Outside, vineyards lead down past traditional Basque farmhouses and the odd grazing cow to a coast carved with dramatic rock formations and dotted with lighthouses. Indoors, the view is no less idyllic. Well-appointed public areas—filled with inviting sofas and interesting art—make you feel like you're in the home of a friend with very good taste. The illusion continues upstairs in the hotel's eight rooms. The Art Nouveau zinc fireplace turned bathroom sink in the Zarautz Room is a good example of the hotel's eclectic aesthetic: intriguing antiques combined with the occasional piece of modern art. Not everything is perfect—on a recent visit, one towel heater didn't work and the Wi-Fi connection was spotty—but the warmly attentive staff make up for any glitches. The hotel lacks a restaurant (though a restorative breakfast is offered in a sunny dining room).2008 Hot List
When to go: The Iturregi is a great alternative when San Sebastián's hotels are packed—during August, for example, or the September film festival.
Which room to book: The Zarautz, with its gray tones, airy feel, and gorgeous view of the ocean, is especially lovely.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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