Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice
San Sebastian-Donostia, Basque Country: Pension Altair
Nominated By: Allison and Michael, Brooklyn, New York, USA, August '09
Price Range: 36-82 Euro # of Rooms: 10 Kid-Friendly: yes
What makes Pension Altair so Darn Good? Pension Altair is sparkly new, modern, and sleek! Its owner, Ricardo, is super-friendly and was very sweet and welcoming to us and our three year old boy. We enjoyed our daily chats with him and appreciated his great tips on things to do and places to eat in San Sebastian. The Pension is just a short walk to Gros beach, one of the city's three main beaches.
Location: The pension is located in the Gros neighborhood of stylish San Sebastian on Spain's northern coast. From the pension, it is just a fifteen minute walk across the bridge to San Sebastian's happening old town, and not much further to the famous Playa de la Concha.
Rooms: Pension Altair's ten rooms are located on two floors of a well-kept apartment building (think marble-floored foyer) with an elevator. The rooms are modern and new, and are decorated in soothing neutral tones. The beds are comfortable and the towels are soft. We stayed in a slightly larger room in the back, but the front rooms have arched windows overlooking the street.
Food: While the pension does not serve food, San Sebastian is well known for its tapas restaurants and cutting-edge Basque cuisine. If you don't want to head to the old town, the Gros neighborhood has plenty of patisseries for breakfast, as well as cafes, bars, and restaurants.
Vibe: The Pension is a cool, happy place, with a friendly vibe.
Keep in Mind: The front desk is only open at certain hours, so be sure to call ahead before arriving. Also, if you are driving, street parking is free on weekends, and on weekdays, free parking can be found up the hill on the other side of Gros. Just ask Ricardo!
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