As a relaxed city that focuses on its authenticity, you'll find that some of San Sebastián's best hotels actually fall into the standard category, meaning they're a bit friendlier on the budget. After visiting the city and checking out numerous hotels, the kimkim staff was impressed by the quality of this selection, ranging from modern urban properties with fresh aesthetics to charming yet rustic countryside retreats. You'll even find excellent amenities at some choices, including on-site restaurants, wellness facilities, bike rentals, and outdoor terraces.

Hotel Villa Victoria

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Clean, modern rooms in the city center (photo courtesy of Hotel Villa Victoria by Intur)

Hotel Villa Victoria by Intur is a modern boutique hotel just a short walk from La Concha Beach and the Old Town of San Sebastián. This hotel offers a unique rooftop terrace with a sun deck and loungers, perfect for enjoying city views and soaking up the sun. The on-site café serves breakfasts made with local ingredients like Idiazabal cheese and Txakoli de Guetaria wine, providing a taste of traditional Basque cuisine.

The hotel features 34 stylish and comfortable rooms, some with terraces and views. Rooms include minibars and contemporary furnishings, while the bathrooms come with showers and toiletries by French brand Sans. With its prime location, the surrounding areas can get busy and noisy during the high season. However, the property's easy access to the beach, Old Town, theaters, cultural centers, and wellness facilities provides an authentic and enjoyable stay in the heart of San Sebastián.

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Heredad de Unanue

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Charming countryside spot with views (photo courtesy of Heredad de Unanue) 

Heredad de Unanue, a historic and stylish boutique hotel in San Sebastián, offers a peaceful retreat surrounded by nature. Housed in a 15th- to 16th-century building, this small property combines an elegant contemporary design, historical elements, and modern comforts. Enjoy the countryside views from the hotel's large outdoor terrace and garden and indulge in a daily breakfast made with fresh local products. The hotel's 11 unique rooms are decorated with elements of Basque culture and offer modern amenities, including glass-enclosed bathrooms with Italian showers.

Although the hotel is located in a rural area, it's only a 10-minute drive from the city center, offering a tranquil escape while still being close to urban attractions. Enjoy the picturesque surroundings, including the hotel's orchard and gardens, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the region. Note that a car is necessary to access San Sebastián's Old Town and beaches; some might find the glass-enclosed bathrooms less private than desired. Overall, Hotel Heredad de Unanue offers a memorable stay in San Sebastián, effortlessly blending history, style, and modern comforts.

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Hotel SANSEbay

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Relax in modern digs with incredible views (photo courtesy of Hotel SANSEbay)

Hotel SANSEbay is a simple yet clean and trendy hotel located on the edge of San Sebastián's Old Town, overlooking the port and La Concha Bay. This modern hotel offers great value with its comfortable rooms and apartments equipped with smart TVs, high-speed WiFi, and plush beds. Ideal for families and small groups, the hotel provides babysitting services in its playroom, allowing parents time to explore the city. Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Bar Urgell, serving natural ingredients, smoothies, coffee, and more.

The hotel's prime location places you right at the base of Mount Urgell, next to the historic port and within walking distance of the beach. Enjoy strolling through Old Town and discovering San Sebastián's most iconic spots while admiring the sunsets over La Concha Bay. Choose from minimalist, sophisticated rooms and apartments, many with bay views and lovely terraces. Additional amenities include bike rentals, massages, and essential family-friendly services like highchairs and cribs. 

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Legazpi Doce Rooms & Suites

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Simple yet bright and cozy rooms (photo courtesy of Legazpi Doce Rooms & Suites)

Legazpi Doce Rooms & Suites is a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown San Sebastián, offering modern and trendy accommodations in a beautiful, late 19th-century building. Located near Gipuzkoa Plaza, the hotel is just minutes from popular sites such as La Concha Bay, Old Town, and the fishing port, and an array of dining options. Accommodations range from exterior double rooms with balconies and abundant natural light to quiet interior double rooms and spacious apartments with fully-equipped kitchens, perfect for extended stays or families.

While the hotel doesn't offer many amenities, its prime location and charming atmosphere make it an excellent choice for those seeking an authentic San Sebastián experience. The rooms feature decor inspired by Basque culture, and the historic building maintains original windows and iron balconies. Although some rooms face the covered courtyard and lack natural light, the hotel's stylish accommodations, convenient location, and unique character make it a great option.

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Hotel Villa Katalina by Intur

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Warm, welcoming rooms with trendy decor (photo courtesy of Hotel Villa Katalina by Intur)

Hotel Villa Katalina by Intur is a charming boutique hotel in San Sebastián's historic center, next to the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. This beautifully renovated historic building offers cozy rooms with natural light, city views, and a touch of old-world glam. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's main attractions, monuments, and gastronomic centers, with La Concha Beach just a 10-minute walk away.

Despite its compact rooms, Hotel Villa Katalina provides a comfy experience with a delicious breakfast buffet served in an elegant dining room. The hotel may not have a restaurant, but its prime location ensures plenty of dining options within walking distance. The preservation of the original structure, including facades, stairways, patios, and ornamental decorations, adds to the hotel's authentic atmosphere. 

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Hotel Atari

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Stylish rooms with unique decor and details (photo courtesy of Hotel Atari)

Hotel Atari is nestled in San Sebastián's Old Town, offering a perfect blend of rich history and modern sophistication. With its excellent location, you can easily access the Baroque-style Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro and enjoy the charming cobbled streets. The elegantly designed rooms with city views create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere while preserving traditional Basque charm. Indulge in innovative Basque gastronomy at the on-site Amama Restaurant and start your day with breakfast on the terrace offering panoramic views of the iconic basilica.

Choose from a variety of room options, including Premium Rooms with private terraces, Deluxe Double Rooms with balconies, and cozy Standard Double Rooms, all featuring comfortable amenities and views of the Old Town and basilica. Though there aren't many amenities here, this standard option still offers an on-site restaurant, which promises a delightful culinary experience, fusing traditional regional flavors with innovative touches. 

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Hotel Arrizul Catedral

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Historic touches in a bright, modern hotel (photo courtesy of Hotel Arrizul Catedral)

Hotel Arrizul Catedral is a modern boutique hotel just a short stroll from La Concha Beach and the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. You can enjoy exclusive complimentary services, including a Basque product tasting upon arrival, a coffee corner, and a breakfast buffet with a variety of options. The hotel provides free high-speed WiFi, parking, and bike rentals, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay.

The rooms at Hotel Arrizul Catedral come well-equipped with amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, air conditioning, and exclusive toiletries. The hotel's triple rooms and suites feature private terraces for those seeking more space and a nice perk. With its prime location in the city center and proximity to various attractions, this hotel is perfect for travelers looking to experience the vibrant culture of San Sebastián.

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Hotel Bed4U Zurriola
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Standard option with a nice location near Zurriola Beach (photo courtesy of Hotel Bed4U Zurriola)

Hotel Bed4U Zurriola, a simple urban hotel in San Sebastián's Gros neighborhood, is just five minutes from the beautiful Zurriola Beach. This modern hotel offers guests spacious, bright, and clean rooms with comfortable superior mattresses, some featuring balconies and accessibility. Amenities include a breakfast buffet with a selection of local products, a cafeteria-snack bar, a 24/7 gym, and high-speed WiFi.

The hotel's prime location lets you easily explore nearby attractions, including the Kursaal Conference Center, Old Town, and La Concha Beach. While the hotel itself offers a standard and modern experience, its proximity to the authentic Gros district and local products served during breakfast add a touch of authenticity to the overall stay.

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Hotel Leku Eder
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Old-fashioned quarters in a peaceful, leafy location (photo courtesy of Hotel Leku Eder)

Hotel Leku Eder, a tranquil family hotel on Mount Igeldo, offers traditional furnishings, ocean views, and a cozy atmosphere. Its hillside location provides sea views and a peaceful, relaxing environment. The hotel features 21 comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and simple, classic furnishings and decor. For families, there are fully accessible rooms and plenty of options with multiple beds. You can relax in the social lounge with free drinks, garden access, and a children's play area.

Though the hotel is a bit out of town, its charming, family-run atmosphere and authentic northern Spain experience more than make up for it. The hotel offers free outdoor parking, and for those without a car, there's an urban bus that stops in front of the hotel and runs every half hour. The rooms may feel slightly dated but provide an authentic, warm, and homely experience. 

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Map of The 9 Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in San Sebastián
Map of The 9 Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in San Sebastián