10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Great Location, Great price, this hotel is situated right on the seafront and at 56 euro for a single room offers great value. Staff can be a little distant but then again so are most Basques, but don't let that ruin a visit to this great city. The Londres next door is better but at twice the price."
- Travel date: 31st July 2005
Wow! Love the Niza
"Just got back from staying 3 nights at the Niza. Here are some of our thoughts: 1. Location: Perfect!! Right on the beach. Almost directly in the middle of the Concha beach. It was an easy, enjoyable walk to almost anywhere of interest. About a 10 minute walk to the center of town. We couldn't have been happier with the location. 2. Atmosphere/Amenities: The atmosphere was very welcoming. The staff was friendly and helpful. They provided us with free tickets to the casino (which we ended up not using). The hotel has a bar and a pizzeria on the bottom floor. They are two different rooms. We very much enjoyed the bar. They had some good tapas and sandwiches. We did not enjoy the pizzeria at all. But at least it was an nearby option. 3. Room: Excellent room. Very spacious and clean. Very comfortable bed and plenty of room to spread things out. The bathroom was fairly small though. Couldn't sit comfortably on the toilet. The view of the ocean was what made the room what it was. At times we didn't want to leave the room. We would step out on our balcony and just watch people on the beach or walk by. At night, the entire beach area was lit up and we would enjoy a glass of wine and take in the atmosphere. It was a truly beautiful view. I suppose that if we had a room with a street view we may have a slightly different opinion. 4. Overall: Incredible location. Great room (with or without the view). Small, somewhat uncomfortable bathroom. Amazing view. Good amenities. A little expensive (123 euros per night without breakfast). Would absolutely stay there again if I have a sea view room. Would probably stay there anyway without the sea view room. Hope this helps."
- Travel date: 29th July 2005
Enjoyable stay at the gorgeous Hotel Niza
"We visited San Sebastian- Donostia at the end of May this year. Armed with a "Top ten hotels based on user reviews" from this website we sat down with the guidebooks and started ringing round to find a room. Hotel Niza was pretty much the only hotel with a spare room for the weekend we wanted to be there, but that probably turned out to be the best thing that could have happened because the hotel was gorgeous. We turned up having read only the 4 line description in the guide book and a little cautious about what to expect but I should have realised that if the users of Trip Advisor had put it in their top 10 there was nothing to worry about! We paid more than we had budgeted for at â¬108 plus IVA but it was worth every penny. As we got the last available room we didn't get a sea view but for those that do there can't be a more lovely sight than the golden sands of Playa de la Concha and the sea front right below their window. And the view we did get could hardly be described as ugly. It's not as though we were facing a brick wall. Instead we looked out across a wide street towards the town itself but we were close enough to be able to hear the sea with the window open. The hotel itself was spotlessly clean, the staff were extremely helpful and the rooms were beautifully decorated. There was a bar at the back of the hotel, which had an exit right out on to the sea front, and also a restaurant. I can't comment on the food because there were so many other options in the town we never got to try it. The hotel's style was neither faceless and modern nor traditional spanish but looked as if it belonged in the early 20th century with its large sofas, chairs and chandeliers, wide wooden staircases and gated elevator. The staff on reception were great, providing us with maps, giving directions and telling us the best way to get to places. San Sebastian - Donostia was a wonderful town in which to spend 4 days. It felt a lot safer than many of the big spanish cities, and it was extremely beautiful - even when the weather turned and it started to rain! We would definitely stay at Hotel Niza again."
- Travel date: 13th June 2005
charming hotel with fantastic view
"Based on reviews at this site, I stayed at the Hotel Niza for two nights in April while visiting my son who is studying in San Sebastian and enjoyed it immensely. I was thrilled that there were rooms available on the ocean when I arrived and could hear the waves at night. The room was bright and airy, the view was sensational, and the people at the front desk could not have been more helpful. It was especially nice being on the promenade along the ocean where everyone seemed to go strolling at night, even in the middle of the week. I did not eat any meals there so cannot comment on the food, although the menus looked good. I would highly recommend it."
- Travel date: 6th June 2005
Charming hotel, just one shortcoming
"We stayed in the Niza on business for 2 nights in early November 2004. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather. It was well over 20C and brilliantly sunny while we were there! We spent most of our second day on the beach (only 1 days business!) and I came home with sunburn. Unbelievable for that time of year. We had what was possibly one of the best rooms in the hotel: on the top floor, on the beach side. This meant that the noise of the waves was peaceful and comforting rather than intrusive. The beds were firm but comfortable. The room was of a good size for two people, and very clean. The decor was perhaps not of the most expensive type but it was certainly way above average. The bathroom looked to have been recently renovated and was excellently clean, and fully functional, with bathtub and shower. On our last day, after we had already checked out, the hotel kindly looked after our luggage in their reception office (i.e. out of sight and reach of the public) until our taxi to the airport arrived in the early evening. Furthermore, although, as I said, we had already checked out, they gave us a couple of big towels to take to the beach. In summary, the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The beach ("La Concha") is beautiful, sandy, and it's regularly cleaned, by which I mean more than once a day. It was pretty busy with people taking advantage of the exceptional November weather! The hotel has a wonderful old lift (that's an elevator if you're from the other side of the Atlantic) in Art Deco style and doors which you have to close yourself and it's completely in keeping with the general style and atmosphere. It was a bit temperamental but in the end never failed to get us up to the top floor! The only shortcoming with the hotel perhaps was the breakfast which was rather sparse. There was bacon in a style which seems to be common everywhere in continental Europe, i.e. with a lot of fat in it, spicy sausages, scrambled egg and grilled tomatos, some cheese and a couple of cakes. And that's all. Personally I'll eat just about anything but I could imagine it might be a problem for some people. We didn't use the hotel's restaurant; we preferred instead to cruise the tapas bars in the town (tapas are called "Pintxos" here, which is pronounced like "pinch"). One last point: on our second night we were wandering between bars and there was a demonstration, clearly protesting about a Basque issue. It was completely peaceful, however, there were squads of riot police in full riot gear, with firearms and tear-gas launchers, running through some of the narrow streets. You can imagine this was rather intimidating (which was probably the intention) but they all disappeared fairly quickly."
- Travel date: 26th January 2005
Paradise, sweet paradise
"OK, I am not the most sophisticated traveler. There was not a terry cloth robe or a jacuzzi. the elevator was out of a 1940's movie. But the location, beautiful beyond words. the lounge large and comfortable, the dining room over looking the bay and promenade, the cheap and wonderful tapas, and excellent sangria. Our room, simple, quiet, large, with modern bath. The location just knocks me out. In the center of the promenade, a simple pleasure to watch families walk, jog, roller blade, the sunset, the fishing boats. What am I doing here, I want to go back! Out of twelve hotels and 18 cities visited, this was the best."
- Travel date: 25th January 2005
Neat Boutique Hotel
"We spent two nights here in December. Neat place, clean, although rooms were a little spartan. Price is right for the location (right on the water). Bar downstairs is terrific and active. Order a mixed drink from the male bartender -- he mixes the drink at table like the old days. Cool. Italian restaraunt in the basement makes good pizza and pasta. We found the front desk staff very friendly, even allwing us to switch rooms due to wind noise from the ocean (bad storm was rolling in...). Way cool elevator if not a little harrowing for those of us not good with heights. Would recommend it to others.....and San Sebastian has some of the best tapas in all of Spain."
- Travel date: 13th January 2005
Perfect sea-side hotel
"We stayed at the Niza for two nights in late September and thought it was the perfect llittle sea-side hotel. We had an ocean view and it couldn't have been more beautiful. The room had ambiance and was clean. I would tell anyone to stay at the Niza while in San Sabastain. It exceeded our expectaions!"
- Travel date: 29th November 2004
Wonderful stay, great view
"I read the mixed reviews on Trip Advisor before making my reservation and had some concerns. But the quoted rate for late July was very attractive, the location looked good and so took a chance. Our experience was great. We had a sea side room with a spectacular view. Parking was very convenient and we found the hotel staff to be very pleasant. Our room was bright and airy with a small terrace overlooking the bay. Bathroom was very clean and modern. The promenade next to the hotel comes alive in the evening with a number of great tapas restaurants within an easy 10 minute walk. Drugstores are close by as well to help with the sunburn I got from enjoying the beach too much."
- Travel date: 17th September 2004
"The hotel is right in the center of the beautiful Playa de la Concha. The view from the room was wonderful. You could see the tides, twice a day. The room itself was bright and clean. The main areas of interest in St. Sebastian are all within walking distance. Staff was always proper and competent. The eating facilities are not the most fancy but there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel on the side of the promenade. Beach (we were there in the month of july) is right across the hotel after the promenade. We would come back."
- Travel date: 29th May 2004
Hotel Niza is also called
- hotel niza san sebastian
- hotel anoeta
- pension bellas artes