One of the grandest hotels in Europe, the Hotel Maria Cristina has gleamed as a cultural landmark in San Sebastian for over a hundred years. Designed by famed French architect Charles Mewès in tribute of Queen Maria Cristina, the hotel was built before the big boom of haute couture, when Art Nouveau was all the rage.
Spaciously vaulted ceilings, glorious marble pillars, and intricate crown moldings mark the property’s architecture while plush velvet, champagne accents and silk curtains create a softly feminine and luxurious interior in the public spaces.
The renovations of the hotel will remake the 107 luxurious guest rooms and the twenty nine suites in pastel tones, ‘inspired by the fresh tints of macaroon patisseries,’ that create a lushly romantic tone. The hotel is also famously surrounded by a bevy of Michelin rated restaurants as San Sebastian was granted an amazing 15 Michelin stars all together.
Roeland Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East says this about the brand’s endeavours, “As part of Starwood's strategy to strengthen our Luxury Collection brand portfolio, we are making major investments to renovate and restore some of our most iconic hotels.”
The San Sebastian property in particular is backed by these sentiments,”Hotel Maria Cristina has been a beloved landmark in this city since 1912 and has been centre stage to the San Sebastian Film Festival for more than half of a century," continues Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. "We are delighted to reintroduce thishistoric icon and unlock the exceptional and indigenous experiences of this destination to our guests, as only The Luxury Collection brand can."