Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is open again in San Sebastian, Spain, following extensive restoration — just in time for its 100th anniversary.
“As part of Starwood’s strategy to strengthen our Luxury Collection brand portfolio, we are making major investments to renovate and restore some of our most iconic hotels,” says Roeland Vos, Starwood Hotels & Resorts president for Europe, Africa and Middle East.
It took nine months to restore the building, originally designed by French architect Charles Mewès for Queen Maria Cristina. Idom Engineering & Architecture and HBA Design took care to preserve the soft curves and feminine presence of the original space.
Public spaces feature soaring ceilings, marble pillars, and a palette of champagne, mocha and copper.
The 107 guestrooms and 29 suites have a pastel palette inspired by French macarons.
Hotel Maria Cristina also has a new haute cuisine Chinese restaurant: Tse Yang. The restaurant was first established 15 years ago in Madrid. Easo Restaurant offers Basque, international and organic cuisine within an octagonal dining room with natural light. Dry San Sebastian, a bar that is a collaboration between the hotel and the Dry Martini Group, is inspired by the actress Bette Davis and features art that references the San Sebastian Film Festival.