By Lauren Jade Hill
Akelarre is already a name associated with gastronomy, owing to the accomplished cuisine of this restaurant in San Sebastian. Having first opened in the 1970s and since earned three Michelin stars under the expertise of chef Pedro Subijana, Akelarre is considered one of the world’s great fine dining venues. Now, Akelarre has gone a step further by announcing the opening of a new five-star hotel of the same name, which sits alongside the restaurant.
Officially opened on 1 July 2017, Hotel Akelarre lies within a newly built structure adjoining the restaurant on a hill overlooking the Bay of Biscay. The new structure is distinguished for its modern architecture exhibiting contemporary design throughout each of its communal spaces and 22 guestrooms where floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces make the most of the sea views. Created by Marta Urtasun and Pedro Rica of the Madrid-based design studio Mecanismo Estudio, the space here is designed to flow seamlessly between the restaurant and other communal spaces.
While the bedrooms are divided into three categories, it’s the Akelarre Suites that stand out most with 1,076 sq ft of space comprising an expansive terrace, private plunge pool and dressing room, as well as the finest contemporary furnishings and state-of-the-art technology including Bang & Olufsen sound systems and Apple TV. In fact, the Akelarre Suites, Deluxe Sea View Rooms and Double Sea View Rooms all encompass floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished terraces making them ideal for seeing the sun go down.
In addition to the three Michelin starred restaurant Akelarre, the hotel is home to the new dining space Oteiza, which offers a Basque menu designed by chef Subijana and a relaxed dining setting. The hotel also takes pride in its wine cellar where wine tastings and private events are hosted at a communal table.
The gastronomic offering is complemented by the inclusion of a Spa and Wellness area incorporating a relaxation area, swimming pool, hydrotherapy circuit, steam bath and sauna, plus three treatment rooms where spa therapies by Sisley are offered.
Located just outside San Sebastian, the hotel provides an ideal base for further exploration with complimentary transfers for guests to the city’s cobbled streets, beaches and pintxos bars. But of course, a stay at the hotel wouldn’t be complete without sampling the cuisine of the chef credited for being one of the founders of New Basque cuisine at the lauded restaurant this hotel has joined.
Rooms start from $350 per night. akelarre.net