For decades, San Sebastian has become a favourite holiday destination for both national and international tourists. In order to accommodate all these visitors, the city has some of the best hotels, hostels and guesthouses. But there are also other lodging alternatives, such as tourist apartments.
Many people come to the city and decide to take a holiday rentals in San Sebastian. This is a type of accommodation that has been growing considerably in recent years, given the great demand that exists due to the advantages it offers compared to more traditional options.
Best holiday rentals in San Sebastian price/quality ratio
La Concha Beachview
The highest possible score is the one given by guests to this flat, ideal for eight people, which is located just one minute from La Concha beach and seven minutes from Zurriola beach. It has four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a toilet. It also has a terrace with spectacular views and a fully fitted kitchen.
Its style is modern, elegant and functional for the comfort and well-being of those who decide to stay in it.
Right in the centre of San Sebastian is this other holiday flat, which has 70 square metres and is designed to comfortably accommodate up to four people. It has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two singles. It has two bathrooms.
It has a terrace with mountain views and a car park, offers a bicycle rental service and is located just five minutes from La Concha. Its decoration is sophisticated and the whole house is perfectly equipped to ensure that guests have all their needs covered.
Minimalist, modern and functional, this other San Sebastian getaway flat can accommodate up to seven people and is 100 square metres in size. It has three bedrooms: one with a double bed, another with two single beds and a third with three single beds.
It has two bathrooms with shower and a patio. It also offers its guests the possibility to make use of its private parking without any additional cost and it has a balcony.
It is perfectly equipped, it is 250 metres from La Concha and it is also close to other important places in the city, such as the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.
A holiday flat in San Sebastian for six people is this one, located next to the Buen Pastor Cathedral. It is 100 square metres in size and has three bedrooms: one with a king-size bed and the others each with two single beds. It also has two complete bathrooms, a patio, private parking, living room and kitchen.
The equipment it has is one of the things that its guests value the most, and they also highlight its location. It is just five minutes from the beach, 500 metres from the bus station and 400 metres from places such as the Plaza de la Constitución and the María Cristina Bridge.
Pío XII Square
Those who wish to visit and enjoy San Sebastian in peace and quiet can find the perfect place to stay in this flat. Yes, because it is located in an area that is about 15 minutes from the beach, although it is only one kilometre from the centre.
It is 65 square metres in size and has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. It also has two bathrooms with shower and bathtub as well as free parking and complete equipment.
Arrasate Suite Apartment
This 80-square-metre holiday flat is located in the heart of the historic centre of San Sebastian, just 2 minutes from La Concha. It is identified by its modern style and because every detail has been taken care of.
It has two bedrooms: one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. It also has a full bathroom, kitchen-living room and balcony with views of the city.
Mai By Oldtown Apartments
200 metres from Zurriola beach and 800 metres from the centre of San Sebastian is this recently renovated, elegant, 80-square-metre flat. It is ideal for six people, as it has three bedrooms: one with a double bed, one with a king-size bed and the third with two single beds.
It also has two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living room as well as a dining room and balcony. All rooms are conveniently equipped and guests are keen to point out both the comfort offered and the location.
Always Easy I Alameda
The cleanliness and comfort offered by this holiday flat in San Sebastian is the most significant feature of this apartment, which is located 300 metres from La Concha beach and in the heart of the old part of the city.
It is 100 square metres in size, ideal for six people and has two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and the other with two single beds. Not to mention that it has a double sofa bed.
It was refurbished in 2018, has a modern and minimalist style and is also equipped with two bathrooms, integrated kitchen and living-dining room area, from which you can admire the Alameda del Boulevard. It is also soundproofed.
Peine del Viento by FeelFree Rentals
The emblematic sculpture by Eduardo Chillida, emblem of the city, is the one that gives its name to this other accommodation that we could not fail to include in this list of the best holiday flats in San Sebastian.
Modern and minimalist in style, this place has 174 square metres, three bathrooms and four bedrooms, with one double bed and six single beds. It is designed to accommodate a maximum of 8 people.
It is located just a few metres from the bay and Ondarreta beach and has a large, fully-equipped terrace with a table and sun loungers. It also has a kitchen and living-dining room and two free private parking spaces. It even has access to a swimming pool.
Central Near Sea
To conclude this ranking of the best holiday flats in San Sebastian we are going to present you this one. It is very close to both the centre and Zurriola beach and is 60 square metres in size. It can accommodate up to four people, as it has two bedrooms, both with extra-large double beds.
It has a bathroom with shower, kitchen and living-dining room as well as a small patio area. It is identified by its marked minimalist style and those who have stayed in it highlight its functionality, the comfort it offers and its perfect location.
Why choose a holiday apartment in San Sebastian?
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are many types of accommodation in San Sebastian. But it is no less true that for some time now the demand for holiday apartments has grown considerably. For several reasons, among which we can highlight the following:
- They are much cheaper than hotels, as the latter cost a lot more.
- They make it easier to live under the same roof with the people you are travelling with, whether they are family or friends.
- Some people point out that hostels, guesthouses and even hotels provide less warmth than flats. Of course, because in the latter you can feel as if you were at home.
- They represent a significant saving, as they have fully equipped kitchens that allow you to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in them, without having to go to bars and restaurants every day.
These are all important reasons that attract more and more tourists to Donostia.
How to choose a good San Sebastian Apartment? Aspects to take into account.
Depending on your priorities when visiting the city, you will choose one area or another to stay in.
If you are interested in walking around the city and visiting its main spots, the most recommendable is without a doubt a flat in the centre, between the area of the Good Shepherd and the Old Town. Here you will be right in the heart of the city and you will be able to move easily wherever you want to go. In most cases you will be able to walk to the place you want to go.
The old town of the city is a very good place to stay during your holiday. You will be very well located and you will have plenty of bars and restaurants to eat, dine or have a bite to eat without having to go far from home. What we do recommend is that the flat should not be in the lively area of this part of the city, but rather towards the part that is next to the river (like the flat we recommended at the beginning of this article). There are quite a few holiday rentals to stay in there, which will allow you to be in the heart of the city, but at the same time you will be in a quiet area, without noise or people who might bother you. The most recommendable would be a apartment on Salamanca Street (with views of the river and the Kursaal) or any of its perpendicular streets such as General Etxague, Euskal Herria or General Jáuregui Street. Streets such as Fermín Calvetón or 31 de Agosto are best avoided as there is a lot of noise at weekends. These are streets where a large number of the typical bars are located and both Fridays and Saturdays are full of people until the early hours of the morning.
If you are looking for a flat for surfing, the best place to stay is next to Zurriola beach, where the best waves in the city are and where you will find the best surfing atmosphere. Next to the beach, on the beachfront or in any of the nearby streets, you will also find a wide variety of flats to choose from.
Finally, a very nice area to stay during your stay in San Sebastian is in the Antiguo neighbourhood, one of the most traditional and charismatic. This neighbourhood is next to Ondarreta beach, next to the Miramar Palace and Mount Igueldo. From here you can walk to the city centre along the bay of La Concha (about 20 minutes on foot) or take any of the buses that run frequently and will take you to the old part of the city in no time.
San Sebastian is a very easy city to get around on foot almost everywhere. If you choose to stay here you will hardly have to take a bus or public transport for practically anything. Many of the tourist attractions are located in the city centre, next to the old town, so if your flat is located in this area everything will be much easier for you.
Book apartments in San Sebastian during the summer
The city itself is very small and the demand for flats in the centre of San Sebastian during the summer outstrips the supply. This causes prices to skyrocket, especially if you don’t book in advance.
If you are planning to visit San Sebastian in the summer or on specific dates, we recommend that you look for and book your accommodation as soon as possible. Whether it is a hotel, a hostel or a apartment, make your reservation well in advance to ensure not only a good price but also a good location to sleep, otherwise you will most likely have to book a flat on the outskirts or a bit far from the main places to see in the city.