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Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain|hlondres.com|
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This imposing, historic hotel, with its distinctive white Belle Epoque façade, sits right on San Sebastian’s seafront, with uninterrupted views across La Concha bay.
Many rooms have splendid views over the beach, and there’s a stylish and affordable ground-floor restaurant, Brasserie Mari Galant.
Set on a glamorous seaside promenade, the hotel divides the lively beach scene from its bustling centre, so expect a fair amount of noise and action in peak summer.
It’s perfect for first-time visitors and romantics, who will love the sense of history and being lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves.
The bars and restaurants of Parte Vieja are only a 15-minute walk away, but the hotel bar is a key gathering place for locals, too, and great for people-watching – in good weather, sit out on the seaside terrace.
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