10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed at Villa Soro for two evenings in late July during the jazz festival. The hotel is within 5-10 minutes of the Gros neighborhood and one of the beaches. It is closer to 20-25 minutes from the historic center of town. This worked very well for us as we enjoyed being a bit away from the center of things. Our room (#26) was very spacious and well apppointed; the refrigerator was stocked with complimentary bottles of juice, soda and water. One of the receptionists gave us outstanding advice on places to go for pintxos. If we ever return to San Sebastian, we definitely would return here."
- Travel date: Fri 11th of August 2006
"Yes this is a very upmarket well appointed hotel with impeccable service. It is also very expensive and some would say overpriced. We have just spent 3 weeks travelling through pyrenees and catalonia and out of all the places we stayed we liked this least. It is characterless and sterile and we would not recommend it if you are looking for a Spanish experience - you could be anywhere. We wished we had stayed in one of the places in the town itself. Villa Soro is quite a way out although you can borrow bicycles."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of August 2006
Great hotel, great service, quiet oasis
"The Villa Soro, while not in the heart of San Sebastian , is a wonderful place to stay. We were concerned with the location at first, but, the walk from the hotel to the old town took only 20 minutes, during San Sebastian "waslking rush hour." It also is a 10 minute walk to a less crowded, much more beautiful (in my opinion) beach. The hotel staff is wonderful, making restuarant suggestions and and letting us borrow the hotel bikes and beach towels for a full day. Also, we looked at other hotels in the area in this same price range (Maria Christina, Londres) and this one definitely has the most class and is the most quiet, which after a long day at a noisy beach, is very much appreciated. If you are deciding on a hotel in SS, this is definitely the place to stay!"
- Travel date: Fri 4th of August 2006
"My husband and I stayed at Villa Soro in early May and absolutely loved it. As with the other reviews, we could not fault the service, it is extremely quiet despite being on a busy road and the villa has a wonderful ambience. Our room was beautifully furnished and we had a terrace which faced on to the street.
They also secured a lunch booking at Arzak for us which is truly the best restaurant we have ever been to - we had been to El Bulli a few days before and thats just been rated top restaurant in the world!!!
Highly recommended for a romantic interlude - the 10 minute walk from the main drag is worth it."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of July 2006
Beautiful, well appointed, boutique hotel
"My husband and I spent two days at the Villa Soro in late May. It rained the whole time we were in San Sebastian, so the hotel's location was not ideal, but the 10 minute walk to restaurants and shopping areas was certainly manageable. We didn't see any other hotels that were more convenient that we would have stayed in anyway.
The hotel itself is a gem. Staff was extremely courteous and helpful with dinner reservations, taxis, etc. Their recommendation for tapas places led us to Ganaritas in the old part of the city and after eating in Bilbao and Barcelona later that week, we agreed it was the best tapas on our trip.
Our room was in the main building and was beautifully appointed. Comfortable bed; nice linens; huge bathroom with separate tub and glass shower. We were surprised to see other guests in the breakfast room, as it was so quiet in the hotel we assumed we were the only ones there. This is a first class boutique hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of June 2006
Wonderful small hotel and good value
"We went to San Sebastian in order to try several of the famed restaurants in the area. We chose Villa Soro based on the recommendations here and found it to be fine place to stay. On an absolute scale of service, luxury, etc. we would rate it as a 3.5-4 Stars. When factoring in value, it moves up to 4-4.5.
We had a standard room which was in the modernised buliding behind the main house. Being on the ground floor meant there was a small sitting area directly outside the room with direct access from the room. While we didn't spend any time outside, it was a nice feature. There is parking in front of the hotel (off street) and a limited number of spaces underground. The hotel staff were very accommodating as we wanted to park on the premises.
We walked from the hotel to the beach and promenade. It took approx 10 minutes and was a flat, easy walk that felt completely safe. The location is slightly away from the main promenade and shopping areas, so we would judge location to be average - by no means in the heart of the town, but easy enough to walk.
We went to three noted restuarants during our stay: Arzak (lunch), Akelarre (dinner), and Martin Berasategui (dinner). They were all excellent, but in our opinion, Arzak was well above the others. Akellare had a great location overlooking the water, so best to go before sunset, and the food seemed to draw most heavily on local ingredients, though we may be totally wrong about that. Martin Berasategui's dining room was modern and reflective of the innovative food. We chose to take taxis to Akelarre and Martin Berasategui, but Arzak is within walking distance of Villa Soro. Be aware that there is a slight hill to the restaurant, but nothing too strenuous. As expected, service in all three restaurants was excellent. A very nice touch was being given a small, printed copy of the tasting menu after ordering so that we could follow along with what we were eating. We expected a strict dress code, but found the staff happy to accept other guests in jeans and short sleeves.
Villa Soro was a good base from which to explore the area. The room was spacious, clean, and well featured. There was also a small room service menu. However, don't go expecting the typical gym, pool, spa, etc. You will find a very comfortable hotel with a friendly staff."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of May 2006
Wonderful Small Hotel
"Stayed here over X-mas, and couldn't have been happier with the Villa Soro. The staff was incredibly warm and helpful. We asked for reservations at a good seafood restaurant, as many were closed over the holidays. The receptionist called 3 restaurants before she could find us a table. Then she called up to our room to tell us that she had thought of a better restaurant, and had booked us there instead! They actually took care of all our dining arrangements, and have great lists of bars for pintxos (tapas), shopping, etc.
Breakfasts were great, hotel was very quiet, though on a busy street. Not exactly in the heart of San Sebastian, but a 10 min walk, or 2 minute taxi ride away is certainly worth it, even if just for the great bathroom.
But it was really the staff that made the stay great. No one likes to work over X-mas, but everyone at the Villa Soro was friendly and cheery. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone."
- Travel date: Wed 8th of March 2006
One of the Best boutique hotels in the world
"I have recently returned from a short stay at Villa Soro and can honestly say that it is the best small boutique hotel I have ever stayed at. The hotel is a beautifully restored villa, with tasteful and stylish furnishings, a wonderful log fire, stunning, spacious bedrooms, and marble bathrooms.
The breakfasts are excellent and the staff beyond helpful
This is the only place to stay in San Sebastian it is also located near to one of the best restaurants in the world - Arzak
I urge anyone to stay here"
- Travel date: Wed 1st of March 2006
"Villa Soro is one of the most well-appointed hotels I have ever had the pleaure of staying in. The hotel is a beautifully photogenic chalet more akin to an upscale seaside bed-and-breakfast. Skylights wonderfully illuminate the second floor court yard. Bathroom appliances are state-of-the art. The heart of town is mere blocks away. I can't guarantee that you will be as lucky as we were but the staff was able to get us into Arzac which is normally booked months in advance. Not recommended for the budget traveller. Koudos, Villa Soro, koudos!"
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of August 2005
The Best Accommodation in San Sebastian
"Stayed in this Hotel during the weekend of the Heineken Rugby Match, best service in down. Excellent Bedrooms, Great Breakfast. Well worth staying in this hotel"
- Travel date: Mon 11th of April 2005