The last time I was out here with friends, we booked an apartment via Airbnb. One txikiteo night, we also got a room in a Pension in Parte Vieja. Perfect after a pub crawl, but quite noisy too as the Pension is right above the Pintxo bars where a crowd drink txakoli to death till the wee hours of the morning.
I like A Room In The City. The young men behind the Reception Desk may not be the friendliest but they're cool and efficient. I borrowed some photos from the Net here just so I can show you how strategic the location is in a more quiet part of the city. (Calle Easo, 20) It is located right next to a chapel too. In fact, you can spot some of the church pews in the Sun Deck while viewing the pleasant neighborhood which includes the Buen Pastor Cathedral just around the bend.
Apart from the Sun Deck, the dining hall and sitting lounge are pleasant additions. Much better than sitting in hotel lobbies. In the dining hall, one can partake of free coffee, tea, biscuits, nuts. There is also a vending machine where you can buy chips, chocolate bars and drinks. Then there's the kettle and microwave to heat up water and food. All in a very spacious hall where everyone washes the dishes they use and wipe the tables clean. Neat!
Next time I get here with family and friends, I'd likely book a dormitory good for 4 or 6 pax on bunk beds. Sounds like fun especially with young ones. Then we'd spend more time in the lounge or the Sun Deck and laugh at each other's jokes. Some croissants bought from the nearby boulangerie cum patisserie, warmed briefly in the microwave, along with my favorite morning brew. Swell. And before we hit the Pintxo bars at night, we'd have some cerveza on the deck with some aceituna and chistorra bought from the nearby deli. Oh, life is good. 💕
Imagine how my heart broke, going to La Viña in San Sebastián and finding it closed for 4 consecutive days. 😭😭😭Imagine how I grew desperate checking on other bars and restos in San Sebastián, hoping their version of tarta de quezo comes close to La Viña's. Imagine how I felt upon learning La Viña has reopened as soon as I've left San Seb and arrived back in Madrid! 😡
Thank God for friends who visited San Sebastián soon after we've left and brought back --- drumroll, please --- an entire cake for us to devour in Madrid. 🤗😋😀 All that creamy, yummy, burned on top 🍰🍽🎂goodness packed in a red box! You don't know happiness until that first bite.
When in San Sebastián, you'd do your txikiteo to complete your Basque experience. In Parte Vieja along Calle 31 Agosto, just a stroll away from Yglesia de Santa Maria, Atari Gastroteka, La Cepa and La Cuchara de San Telmo, is this culinary gem. Your Basque guide won't be lying if he says it's the world's best cheesecake! Seriously.