San Sebastián, Baskenland, Spain
Review by Mila
Written on 31-07-2020
Retro-chic boutique hotel with sea views in the hills of San Sebastián
Mendi Argia is a small and luxurious boutique hotel in the hills surrounding San Sebastián. It's an oasis of tranquility just outside the city, with a cozy and homey atmosphere, an air of grand accommodation and views of the sea and surrounding area that you just can't get enough of.
This House of Hideaways accommodation is the perfect refuge to escape from daily life and the starting point for a (culinary) city trip in San Sebastián. The property is located on the slopes of Monte Ulía and is less than a quarter of an hour's drive away from the city center, the wide sandy beaches, and some of Europe's best restaurants.
Located in a traditional Basque mansion, built in the early twentieth century, Mendi Argia has a gorgeous characteristic exterior. The interior is best described as retro-chic and could easily feature in interior design magazines. Wherever you look, you see earthy colors, plenty of natural light, and aged features. Additionally, the entire hotel boasts herringbone flooring and throughout the place you see unique accessories, such as the large statement mirror designed by Sabine Marcellis and Brit Van Nerven, which hangs prominently in the living room.
The spacious and lavish suites also have a retro-chic style, comfortable furnishings, and eye-catching accessories, but each one is slightly different. For instance, Suite Ulia features a large terrace and a freestanding bathtub with city views. Suite Ulia Familiar, besides a king-size bed, includes a sleeper sofa in the living room, where two children can sleep, and a balcony. Thus making it an excellent place to stay for families.
From Mendi Argia, you can go in any direction. Put on your hiking boots and explore the surrounding Ulía Natural Park, roll out a towel on the nearby Playa de Zurriola, or head towards Europe's best star-rated restaurants. Whatever you feel like doing, there is plenty to do in this colorful and versatile city. If you prefer doing nothing one day, you can lounge beside the boutique hotel's swimming pool. An exquisite infinity pool with city and sea views, surrounded by sun loungers where you can daydream in the sun or quietly read a book…
Back in time
Mendi Argia was established at the beginning of the 20th century, as a family project of two brothers from Gernika, a small town near Bilboa. At the top of Ulia mountain, they created a beautiful boutique hotel with an intimate homely atmosphere. The kind where any stress immediately slips off as soon as you step over the threshold and where you are waited on hand and foot.
The 7 luxurious and spacious suites at Mendi Argia are decorated with a great sense of style and taste: herringbone parquet on the floors, floor-to-ceiling window sections, soft, earthy colors that perfectly match the environment, and retro-chic accents. Additionally, you'll find in the suites a super comfortable bed, a fluffy bathrobe, a flat screen, and a balcony or terrace with a view of the surroundings.
Star-level dining in San Sebastián
Lovers of haute cuisine can indulge themselves in San Sebastián. In the culinary capital of Europe, you'll stumble across star restaurants; there are no less than 17! You have Restaurant Mugaritz, famous for its experimental molecular gastronomy, but also Akelarre, Arzak and Martín Berasategui. If your wallet is empty after visiting one of the star restaurants, the cozy pintxos (Basque tapas) bars in the city provide a solution.
Once you step out the door at Mendi Argia, you enter a green oasis full of beautiful vistas. You are then in Monte Ulía. A nature park in the heart of the city and the largest hiking area in the hills of San Sebastián. Besides being able to take beautiful walks here, there are also plenty of places to picnic and there is an old viewpoint for whale spotting.
Mendi Argia is located in the hills surrounding San Sebastián, in Ulía Natural Park. It is a green oasis just 15 minutes driving distance from the beach and the old town.
The nearest airport is Gabarrari Kalea (EAS), the San Sebastián airport, which is located about 21 km away. From there you can take a taxi or rent a car to the accommodation.
Parking at Mendi Argia is limited due to its location in a protected nature reserve. It is therefore recommended to park the car (free) in the center of San Sebastián and reach the hotel by taxi.
Important to know
Check-in: Available from 15:00
Check-out: Available until 12:00
- Outdoor pool
- Family rooms
- Pets are not allowed
- Facilities for guests with disabilities
- Bathroom with bath
- Outdoor swimming pool (unheated)
- Sea views
- Hair dryer
- Free WiFi