The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., reopened the doors to the historic Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, following a $25-million restoration.
The renovation of Hotel Maria Cristina, which was completed in time for its 100th anniversary, is part of a larger strategy to invest in the restoration of Starwood's Luxury Collection hotels. The reopening of Hotel Maria Cristina follows in the footsteps of Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville, which underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment earlier this year. The restored Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris and The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice, will debut in 2013.
Rising above the city center of San Sebastian, the building was originally designed by French architect Charles Mewès for its namesake, Queen Maria Cristina. The nine-month project, which was led by Idom Engineering & Architecture, features interiors restored by HBA Design. The hotel also offers The Luxury Collection Concierge service to all guests.
Christened in July 1912 by a visit from the queen herself, Hotel Maria Cristina was built during the Belle Époque, a time when haute couture was still burgeoning and there was an emphasis on Art Nouveau. The public spaces reveal soaring ceilings, intricate moldings, towering marble pillars and a polished grey and white Carrara marble floor. A champagne color palette is on the walls and furniture, blending with mocha and copper colored touches found in the velvet upholstery and hand-tufted wool rugs.
Hotel Maria Cristina features 107 guestrooms and 29 suites that are dressed in pastel tones with gold furnishings and accents. Hues of grey, lavender and sky blue adorn the rooms while chocolate colors enhance the suites.
Following the restoration, the hotel introduced Tse Yang, a haute cuisine Chinese restaurant first established 15 years ago in Madrid, then in Geneva. Other dining venues include: Easo Restaurant, set within an octagonal dining room bathed in natural light; and the Dry San Sebastian bar, a joint collaboration between Hotel Maria Cristina and the Dry Martini Group.