Posted 01/04/11

Villa Soro: San Sebastián, Spain

Villa Soro: San Sebastián,  Spain
SLH/Article: Kathleen O'Hara

The stately Villa Soro Hotel is a proper countryside manor, residing perfectly in the north of Spain’s Basque Country and enveloped by the lovely port city of San Sebastián. The elegance of Villa Soro’s 19th century heritage building blends precisely with a comfortable chic décor, welcoming the most discerning of guests. From the property’s exterior one may feel as if you have gone back in time, but step inside and modern day luxury surrounds you. Each of the 25 bedrooms, all spacious and filled with natural light, await guests seeking tranquility in an easy contemporary setting. The charming ambience is highlighted by works of local artists, such as that of Jorge Oteiza, one of the most important and influential Basque artists in Spanish 20th-century Art. Moreover, Villa Soro is a delightful 5-minute stroll to the locals’ favorite Zurriola Beach on the Bay of Biscay. Lining the promenade behind the beach is a wide array of wonderful restaurants, luring you with superb local cuisine. The enchantingly sophisticated Villa Soro, married with its exceptional service will no doubt bring you back for more!

Jaione Gastañares is the Deputy Director of Villa Soro. Villa Soro is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

The Concierge Questionnaire: Jaione Gastañares,  Deputy Director

What is your favorite word to describe San Sebastián? Charming.

What word best reflects the people of San Sebastián? Warm.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in San Sebastián? Chillida Leku Museum.

Chillida Leku Museum is an outdoor museum and sculpture park situated on 30 acres of picturesque landscape and adorned with over 40 works by Eduardo Chillida, the noted Basque abstract sculptor.

Chillida Leku Museum: Bº Jáuregui, 66
Hours: Temporarily closed beginning January 2011

What is your favorite outdoor activity in San Sebastián? Swimming and sailing. My favorite beach is Zurriola Beach.

Located in San Sebastian’s city center, Zurriola Beach is popular with local surfers, as well as cyclists, skaters and sunbathers.

What is your favorite indoor activity in San Sebastián? Concerts at Kursaal Auditorium.

Overlooking Zurriola Beach, Kursaal Congress Palace and Auditorium is a phenomenal glass structure designed by renowned Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo, and home each September to the largest film festival in Spain, the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

What is your favorite sound or noise in San Sebastián? The waves.

What is your favorite smell or taste in San Sebastián? The ocean.

What drink best reflects San Sebastián? Txakoli, the local white wine.

Txakoli is a “slightly sparkling, very dry white wine produced in the Spanish territories of Basque Country” and is normally served as an aperitif.

What song or type of music best reflects San Sebastián? George Harrison Here Comes the Sun, from George Harrison.

If Heaven were San Sebastián, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Be careful, you can get use to this city.

Villa Soro: San Sebastián, Spain • Avda. Ategorrieta, 61, San Sebastián, Spain • Phone: 34-943-297970 or 800-525-4800

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