Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Situated just outside San Sebastián and built around the world-renowned three Michelin star restaurant of the same name, Akelarre is a foodie's dream. In 2017, Marta Urtasun and Pedro Rica of the acclaimed architecture firm Mecanismo transformed the pre-existing structure into a beautiful 22 room hotel. Natural materials such as stone, wood and metal have been used as much as possible, resulting in a stylish, pared-back and strikingly modern Chic Retreat.
People come from all over to dine at Akelarre: the hotel’s three Michelin star restaurant overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Head Chef Pedro Subijana – who has worked here since 1975 – was one of the first pioneers of new Basque cuisine. Here, there are three exceptionally creative tasting menus to choose from, and a particularly interesting list of 600 wines.
Alternatively, for a more informal setting, the hotel has a second bar and restaurant: Oteiza. Oteiza’s menu – also designed by Pedro Subijana – celebrates Basque cuisine in a slightly simpler but no less delicious way.
Please note, although hotel guests are given priority, it’s necessary to book ahead if you want to dine at Akelarre.
The 22 rooms at Hotel Akelarre are beautifully designed - you can expect oak floors, cool hues, extremely comfortable beds and floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the rooms with light. Most rooms come with spectacular views of the Cantabrian Sea, and some of the pricier suites even have the added luxury of their own plunge pool and private terraces. Fun gadgets include Apple TVs and Bang & Olufsen sound systems.
The hotel boasts an outdoor terrace with spectacular panoramic views, beautiful landscaped gardens and a knock-out hotel spa with an indoor swimming pool, marble steam room and sauna - perfect if you're looking to relax.
For a city with food as good as San Sebastián’s, it would be wrong not to fully immerse yourself in the culinary culture. With this in mind, book yourself on to a San Sebastián Food Tour and sample the vast array of pintxos the city has to offer as well as tasting some excellent regional wine and locally brewed beer.
Afterwards, get lost in the labyrinthine old quarter, just a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Crammed full of bars and boutiques, this is a great place for some serious meandering. People watch in the main square – the Plaza de la Constitución – before visiting two of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the city: the San Vicente Church and the Iglesia de Santa María del Coro.