Villa Favorita in San Sebastian shines brightly with modern sophistication
Reflected in the waters of dazzling Concha Bay, Villa Favorita shines brightly with modern sophistication.
Beautifully preserved 19th-century villa overlooking the seafront promenade of San Sebastian in Spain, Villa Favorita is an adults-only hotel setting, offering elegant coastal decor, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a relaxed, refined atmosphere.
La Concha’s latest original villa has been polished like a jewel, as Villa Favorita opens the doors to an adults-only experience that invites guests to experience all that San Sebastian has to offer. A salty breeze blows through the open windows overlooking La Conca beach and its promenade, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world. The property offers Amelia, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and room service, as well as exceptional concierge services and nearby points of interest including the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Edificio de Correos and the Teatro Victoria Eugenia, one of the city’s most iconic buildings.
Housed in a 19th-century villa, Villa Favorita enjoys a privileged location on Playa dela Concha in San Sebastián. Originally built in the Georgian style in 1866, it was the summer residence of Queen Maria Cristina, the second wife of King Alfonso XII. From the moment you step into this beautifully preserved villa, you too will feel like nobility.
Lobby: The latest in an era on La Concha beach, the meticulously restored authentic details of Villa Favorita effortlessly coexist with contemporary design. This luxury boutique hotel occupies its position on San Sebastian’s famous seafront promenade, offering picturesque views of the bay from its large sea-facing windows. staff who wear the distinctive “Golden Keys”, the pins of the association of elite concierges. This prestigious organization was founded in Paris in 1929 and values excellence, discretion and uncompromising service.
Accommodation: It offers 20 guest rooms and three suites, some of the well-appointed rooms offering cityscape views while others face the sea. Accents of blue in its myriad of shades are interwoven with neutrals and white to create a soothing palace of tranquility and understated elegance with a subtle art deco atmosphere. Overlooking the city, a Zubieta room offers value and lively views; The Bahía de la Concha rooms overlook La Concha Bay; while the classic rooms are located on the first level and the panoramic rooms are on the upper floors. The spacious sea view suites offer a separate living / dining area and stunning city views.
Services include 24-hour reception, room service, minibar, flat-screen TV, plush linens and towels. and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The seaside spa of La Perla Centro Talaso-Sport offers services in the hotel for guests.
To eat: Amelia, a Michelin-starred restaurant by Italian-Argentinian chef Paulo Airaudo, was already a fixture on the San Sebastian food scene before moving to Hotel Villa Favorita. The large open kitchen area offers the best local produce and flavors and draws inspiration from traditions from other cuisines. Amelia, named after the chef’s daughter, serves fine European cuisine in a traditional ‘tasting menu’ style and is designed to showcase the enchanting views of La Concha. Chef Airaudo oversees all food and drink at the hotel, including breakfast, lunch, room service menu, and the terrace lounge.
A focal point of the hotel’s design is the terraced lounge, offering indoor and outdoor seating. While the bartenders skillfully mix the cocktails, they are just as talented with the coffee. Exquisitely rich and aromatic, the coffee is revered by the locals and is a daily caffeine-infused ritual for 12 Michelin star chef Martin Berasategui who frequents the place.
At the end of the 19th century, La Concha Bay was dotted with elegant European villas, huddled together like jewels in a crown. Over time, they slowly disappeared, until only one remained – Villa Favorita. Pay homage to this timeless treasure and experience the grandeur of yesteryear while enjoying contemporary accommodation, fine cuisine and magnificent views worthy of royalty.
Article by Raquel Baldelomar. She is an entrepreneur, author and journalist. She is the co-author of Sugar Crush (HarperCollins, 2015). His journalism focuses on how travel leads to a unique type of productivity, creativity and well-being. It can be found at https://www.instagram.com/rbaldelomar/.
Photos courtesy of Villa Favorita, except those of the author.