Hotel Limelight: Okako Boutique Hotel

On my last day in San Sebastian, I decided to splurge a little and stay in a boutique hotel. Hostels are fun, but to be honest, nothing beats getting a room all to yourself and not having to sleep with clothes on or have to walk lightly to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Here is my review of Okako Boutique Hotel.

Location
The hotel is located in the Gros area of San Sebastian, in what is essentially the newer part of the city. It is 450 meters (about 6 minutes by foot) from the Donostia-San Sebastian train station. It is about 850 meters from the surfing beach of Zurriola and then a farther walk (about 1.5 kms) to Concha beach and the Old Town. The area of the hotel is mostly residential and does not get a lot of action compared to Old Town, but it was relatively safe to walk around at night.

Gros Area
Residential buildings in the Gros area
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Belle Epoque buildings in the Gros area

Rooms
I booked this hotel because it had single occupancy rooms (and so technically cheaper). Other room types are double or twin rooms and deluxe double rooms. My room was quite spacious and featured a desk, a TV, a closet, air conditioning, and of course, my own bathroom. I get a little anxious when there are no windows in a room; this room was on the ground floor and did not have views of the outside but there was a window looking into the inner well of the building. It was pretty dark  the time  but I did not mind it too much.

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My single occupancy bedroom
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Small bed but spacious area
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Writing desk and small window
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My own bathroom

Facilities
The hotel is small and facilities include a common area at the lobby, where you can get coffee, water, and snacks all day and night. In the mornings, there is fruit and hot croissants for breakfast. I am not sure if there was an elevator as I did not need to use it. There is WiFi inside the rooms and in the lobby. For those bringing their cars – the hotel has no dedicated parking space and you either find public parking or hope to find an empty spot in the road (not so sure if the area in the front is allowed; in my experience, some places in Europe reserve street side parking to residents only).

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Common area in the lobby

Food
As I said earlier, there is a 24-hour coffee and snack bar and a simple breakfast is offered in the morning. There is no restaurant next to the hotel, but there is one a few meters to the main highway. Honestly finding a place to eat in San Sebastian was not a problem for me, especially in a city which is a gastronomic paradise.

 

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Breakfast and unlimited coffee and water

Staff
I think the owner looks after the front desk in the evenings; she allowed me to over stay for 30 minutes to be able to make it to yoga class (I did not go anyway). They speak English and can give you good recommendations of places to see and restaurants to go in the city.

If you are looking for a hostel in San Sebastian, you may check out this review I made of Pension San Fermin in the Old Town. I booked both accommodations via Booking.com; here is 10% off your stay if you book using this link.

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