Hostels in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

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Get to know Donostia-San Sebastián (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Donostia-San Sebastián. To help you make friends with Donostia-San Sebastián before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Donostia-San Sebastián is also named and spelled San Sebastián - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
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San Sebastián (Donostia) is an amazing city with such a lively and upbeat feel. The locals are very nice and most of them speak English. There are two main beaches, one on either side of town -- La Concha and La Zurriola; both good for sun-bathing and surfing (there are reasonably priced surf lessons and board rentals). There are also kayaks available to rent if you are staying at a San Sebastián hostel.

San Sebastián is made up of the Old Town and New Town, both of which are beautiful and fun to experience. The architecture and Spanish-style buildings are beautiful to view. You can walk, bike, or ride the bus throughout. The whole city can be walked in a few hours and if the outdoors is your thing, you can hike up to the statue of Christ. For the kids there is an amusement park and an aquarium. The harbor is a beautiful place to take pictures, buy some souvenirs, and eat a meal. Donostia-San Sebastián is a very stylish city and there are a couple streets with high-end clothing brands and boutiques. The whole city is filled with restaurants with delicious traditional food. The tapas in Spain is amazing (not to mention cheap!). There is also an open-air market with fresh products to buy. There are quite a few internet cafes and many places that even store your luggage if you're just there for the day, at very reasonable prices compared to the rest of Europe.

There are a lot of San Sebastián hostels at fairly decent prices -- there are even tents if you are on a strict budget. There are very nice hotels that cost a pretty penny. The train station is about a fifteen-minute walk from the center of town and a perfectly safe walk. Many people choose to stay here during San Fermin (running with the bulls) because of accommodation in Pamplona. It's only about an hour away and they offer buses back and forth during that week. The weather is beautiful year-round -- very hot in the beautiful summer, but still moderate temperatures throughout the rest of the year. Donostia-San Sebastián is a great place to visit in Spain.

FAQ about Donostia-San Sebastián Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Donostia-San Sebastián. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Donostia-San Sebastián. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Donostia-San Sebastián costs on average $42 for a dorm. A hostel in Donostia-San Sebastián with private rooms costs on average $127. shows all 17 Hostels in Donostia-San Sebastián. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 17 hostels in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Donostia-San Sebastián such as
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Surfing Etxea is the best rated hostel for partying in Donostia-San Sebastián.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Donostia-San Sebastián

Your Packing List for Donostia-San Sebastián

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Donostia-San Sebastián Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Donostia-San Sebastián, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
17 Total number of hostels
$42 Average dorm price
$127 Average private room price
$30 Cheapest hostel in Donostia-San Sebastián
Balea Hostel is the cheapest
5 Party hostels in Donostia-San Sebastián
Surfing Etxea is the best rated
Most Donostia-San Sebastián hostels are located in
Old Town
6 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Donostia-San Sebastián - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Donostia-San Sebastián. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Donostia-San Sebastián. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

The food is superb -- the traditional dining clubs encourage good eating, the old town is full of bars restaurants and interesting shops. The beach is superb and the harbour has great restaurants. They have interesting churches -- climb up to the statue of Christ find out about the Basque culture (especially by reading the slogans added to the buildings every night). Pintxos are very special, tapas cannot compare. Travel further out north, south, or east and discover Biarritz, Bilbao, and Pamplona -- they're all within easy reach.


I will always remember San Sebastian and I would go back to visit it. We arrived on my birthday driving from a wet Bordeaux to pitch a tent and catch a bus down to the town. The weather cleared up and we had some fantastic tapas in a picturesque square and a beautiful walk along the beach. It's a fantastic, family-oriented place too.


San Sebastian is one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and certainly the most beautiful in Spain. Quaint and old-world, but with all the modern amenities. Great pintxos (tapas), beach, and overall, a gorgeous city!


I lived there for a year, it's fantastic!


The greatest city in the world!


I visited San Sebastian back in 1994 and I didn't like it. I was expecting a very quaint, very Basque town and I was disappointed on both counts- I could hardly hear any Basque being spoken and it looks much like any other Spanish city, i.e. very urban. As for the beach, it is the kind where people go surfing, not swimming, so expect wind and waves.The surrounding countryside, however, is gorgeous, green and lush, right there with Devon or Ireland.


I went to San Sebastian for Carnival. It was a great experience, lots of culture a and really nice people. It is also the tapas capital that can't be missed. Even when i's cold in the winter there is still plenty to see.

Erin C.

San Sebastian is one of the most gorgeous beach/view/city combos I've ever seen. Great night life and pintxos, too.


I think the beaches are wonderful and the people there are great!


Sand (!) beaches and bars. That's about all this place has got, and it's what they do well. Good place to relax and Bilbao (with the Guggenheim) isn't to far a train ride away.


San Sebastian is a great place to chill out and take a break from your vacaction for a bit. Beautiful beaches and a nice town.


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