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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
San Sebastian - Donostia, Province of Guipuzcoa, Basque Country

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tp_melb
Melbourne
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“Apartment had a 'lived in' feeling and we didn't like being forced to have our photo taken”
Reviewed 24 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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Never having been here before, we LOVED San Sebastian - it would now be close to our favourite holiday destination in the world!

As previous reviews have said, this apartment is in a nice location, though from what we saw, anywhere within a few blocks of ANY of the beaches in San Sebastian is a nice location. It takes about 30 minutes to walk along the beachside promenade to the old town where most of the action is, but there's a perfect beach within 5-10 minutes walk and a supermarket even closer. Buses nearby into town, but we walked everywhere.

We stayed in this apartment for five nights on a reasonable (but still not cheap) 'last minute' rate. Regarding the apartment itself, our views were mixed. Summarising it all, it had a very 'lived in' feeling to it, which had positives and negatives to it.

Positives
* Booking was easy, negotiation of last minute rate was fine (one agency in San Sebastian we asked seemed to take offence at the request!)
* Arrangements for arrival were straightforward, despite our lack of Spanish requiring hand signals to be used. The guy who met us was good humoured and seemed intent on ensuring we were ok.
* Amenities were as advertised, including full kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, full fridge, oven, etc), washing machine & clothesline, free WiFi. No detergent for the sink or washing power, but both available at the supermarket.
* Car parking on site (underground).
* Emy was helpful with advice when we asked during our stay.

NEGATIVES
* The owner met us 15 mins after arrival. A friend of hers turned up a few minutes later with a camera around her neck. We had driven for 5 hours and were not feeling or looking our best, but after taking the agreed cash payment (incl. bond), and just when we thought they were going to leave us, the owner (Emy) said she needed a photo with us and before we knew it, she was standing with us and her friend had taken a photo. Still partly in shock, my wife asked what she was going to use it for, to which the reply was "we will send it to you on your last day". Suffice to say, this implausible response did not eventuate. We resent having being put in this position - we would happily have obliged if given a full explanation of why they needed the photo up front, with time to decline if we weren't comfortable. If she was concerned about our trustworthiness, we could have provided passport or visa details.
* A lot of the cutlery and crockery was quite dirty (i.e. food scraps still attached), so we cleaned everything before using it. It looked to us like someone's home kitchen, but not someone who cooked at home most nights.
* The living room was quite dark, even with all of the lamps on (some of them weren't working). It left us with the feeling of not wanting to stay at home ... thankfully San Sebastian was good enough that it wasn't a problem.
* TV did not have english channels; this wasn't an issue for us, might be for some.

All in all we would say that with a little more attention to detail and minus the 'photo incident', it could have been a fantastic experience, but it wasn't this time.

Note that the same property appears to be on TripAdvisor under "Ondarreta SS - FriendlyRentals", with the only difference being the manager listed.

We would not recommend this property given the number of suitable alternative options in San Sebastian.

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Oslo
Reviewed 1 August 2011 for a stay in July 2011
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Reviewed 12 July 2011 for a stay in June 2011
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Shanghai
Reviewed 7 April 2011 for a stay in August 2010

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Reviewed 24 March 2011 for a stay in September 2011

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