San Sebastian Hotel in Old Town

Mar 14th, 2013, 07:33 PM
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If you happen to plan on arriving in Donostia in late June, you'll find very few inexpensive hotel rooms available because of the Donosti Cup 2013, a few thousand young football (soccer) players and their parents.

You should realize that waiting to find some place for the night has major disadvantages in popular destinations. You could end up wasting valuable time trying to find a room, when all you had to do was book ahead. The best prices are always found online or by checking with the hotel. What you'll find, if you don't book ahead. is that the hotel will offer you the most expensive rooms (a few will be available), at rack rate, not discounts.

This is not like hopping in your car and staying at some cheap motel along the highway while on a road trip. You're spending hard earned money on this trip, why not spend it wisely?
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Mar 14th, 2013, 10:02 PM
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In my experience you book ahead - research the online sales sites, check the hotel direct, and contact the hotel directly.

Leaving it late, particularly in the busy season, can only end in tears. Or a much larger credit card bill than necessary!
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Mar 15th, 2013, 01:41 AM
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wolflake,

Not a good idea in S.B. You may get lucky but added to the fact it's very popular in June, driving and parking is very, very difficult.

In the old town, where there are several budget pensions, you can't take a car. Once you book a pension or hotel, they in a few cases will have parking or can direct you on where to park.

You could waste several hours of your vacation and come up with nothing.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 05:09 AM
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I also agree that you need to book ahead in San Sebastian. Even in the smaller towns on the coast If you know where you're going,to be. We wasted a whole afternoon looking for a place and ended up far from the village.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 05:32 AM
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Just to reinforce, I'm going in June and we ended up booking the third place we wanted as two others were already booked out.

The hotels/pensions/whatever aren't playing you - they book out very early.
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