Nestled among the rolling vineyards above the picturesque seaside village of Getaria is Hotel Itturegi, a sophisticated luxury take on the Basque rural house experience. The traditional country house, with its slanting red shingle roofs and stone foundation and cream-coated exterior, has been completely transformed into an ultra-chic boutique hotel with beautiful rooms, an outdoor pool, serene lounge spaces, and an ever-helpful staff that is superbly knowledgeable about all the best parts of the surrounding region. The breathtaking vistas of the rugged coastline, with its coves and inlets extending as far as the eye can see, is the cherry on top here that never ceases to impress.
Each of the six rooms and two suites of the hotel are individually decorated by Basque designer Daniel Rotaeche and named after nearby Basque locales. Though no two are the same, every room is drenched in a dreamy aura of classic meets modern and blessed with exceptionally spacious floor plans. Rooms at the front of the inn have stunning views of the sea (three with lovely balconies) while the others look out back onto the idyllic countryside. The stylish and extremely comfortable lodgings come equipped with plasma screen TVs, complimentary water, adjustable AC, and free WiFi.
Make sure to book one of the ocean-view rooms. You won’t regret it.
The sensational bathrooms all feel like works of art in themselves, each designed to match the feel of the room they reside in and carefully curated to the finest detail with elements of supple cherry wood and stone and marble. The inviting tubs, rainforest showerheads, and plenty of room for two put the final touches on the immensely romantic rooms as a whole.
While some rooms have more private bathrooms, others have very open contemporary designs that feel built for parties (cough, couples) who don’t mind revealing all.
Once guests pass through the archetypal stone portal outside they are transported into a stylish setting that fuses tradition with modernity. Unobtrusive artwork adorns the soothing gray-blue walls and exposed stone foundations separate the different public areas of the ground floor. Aside the reception desk is a relaxing library space, while on the other side is a marvelous lounge with fine beach-wood décor, a fireplace, and a comfy array of seating. The hotel, plenty aware of the value of its dramatic views, has made sure that large windows facing the sea are inescapable in every room.
At the far side of the lobby is a semi-enclosed patio, encased in glass on two sides and protected from the elements by the sloped roof above, that makes a tranquil hideaway to take your book or a coffee.
Behind the hotel, an arched passageway under an old stone partition leads to an azure pool surrounded by lush greenery. Wicker lounge chairs and umbrellas line the wood-decked perimeter with a shower and changing room against its far side.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The pool is only open from June 15-Sept 15.
On the ground floor is a bright breakfast room with floral table pieces, panoramic views of the coast, and an outdoor terrace that is the perfect setting for your first meal on sunny days. The breakfast in bed is also an adoring option for couples. During the summer, a light lunch menu is offered up on the pool deck.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no formal restaurant or café here outside of breakfast. In the evening, a small selection of room service is offered that can also be taken in the common areas, though the hours are limited. Though with Getaria being the culinary delight that it is, we’d recommend you have your dinners there regardless.
In the lobby lounge is an honesty bar with local wines, beer, refreshments, and a fine selection of alcohols and liqueurs for some DIY bartending. There is also complimentary coffee and tea.
The garden behind the rural house is a sprawling oasis for nature lovers. A trail leads through a flower garden bursting with color and then further back against the hills where guests can lose themselves in the evergreen countryside.
As with most rural houses in the Basque Country, a car is highly recommended to get here. It is only a quick ten-euro cab ride from Getaria, but activities and explorations will be severely limited once here without a bike or car. Speaking of bike, this is a very popular cycling region and the hotel has a storage area for your gear. By car, Zarautz is just 10-minutes away while San Sebastián is about a 35-minute drive, and there is also a regular bus that runs from Getaria to both those beach destinations. Each room comes with a free parking space in the hotel’s private gated driveway.
The little seaside village of Getaria packs a big culinary punch. Elkano (7-minute drive), located at the top of the old town along the main road in and out, is not only considered one of the best restaurants in Getaria but in the entire region. Seafood lovers should also try Asador Mayflower (7-minute drive), a waterfront restaurant along Getaria’s port with great views and outdoor seating where locally caught seafood is grilled fresh on the fire in front of your eyes.
Zarautz, the next town over from Getaria, has a lively nightlife scene during the summer months, and the boardwalk is the place to be for the festivities. Bederen (15-minute drive) is a bar and discoteque with outdoor beachside seating by day and a rowdy dance scene late into the night. Pub Barley (15-minute drive) is a more laid-back venue with a wide variety of great beer (because one can only drink so much San Miguel).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is the luxury Basque House experience you never knew you needed until now. The price is higher than other rural houses in the area but for very good reason. The modern boutique lodgings are impeccable, the views are spectacular, and we love that the intensely romantic sanctuary is still within easy striking distance of some of the most charming (and delicious) coastal towns of the Basque Country.