Green Nest Hostel Uba Aterpetxea

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43 De Uba Bidea, San Sebastian, Spain
943 45 71 17

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Idyllic and peaceful location but too far from the centre Aug 29, 2015
The location of the hostel has its good and bad points, first the good: it's set in a section of forest with lots of trails to go exploring on walks and it's pretty peaceful up there. The downside to this is it's out of the way of all of the action in the centre and whilst that's great for getting some shut eye it's a bit of pig if you're relying on public transport. It's a good 15-20 minute walk to the nearest bus stop or train station, which is ok when you don't have much to carry or you're not on your own at night as part of the walk passes through the forest. As a woman travelling on her own I didn't think walking through a forest late at night was a smart idea so I had to get taxi's home, each of which will set you back around €12, not great if you're on a tight budget (thankfully I wasn't).

The staff are helpful and friendly and could speak a variety of languages (Spanish, English French to name a few) and the facilities are good; there's a laundry which is pretty cheap (€2 each for washing and drying), a great little in-house cafe/bar, a self catering kitchen on the third floor and they can also book a range of activities for you should you wish. There's also an outside picnic area and a small outdoor football/ basketball court. Wifi however although free is a bit sporadic and drops in and out quite a lot.

I stayed in a six bed dorm and while the room itself wasn't the biggest the beds were comfy and each had its own power point and reading lamp. There were also lockers in the room large enough to fit a rucksack in.

Each room has its own ensuite bathroom, which is a definite bonus and these are cleaned everyday, as are the rooms. The downside is that the showers in them are tiny (I'm pretty short and small so god knows how a tall/ large guy would cope) with a ludicrously large basin next to it, I think the architect went a bit loopy when choosing the fittings!

There is air conditioning in the rooms however outs didn't seem to be working properly so we just left the window open at night, this however due to the location means welcoming in the Mosquitos, leaving me bitten to death, should've remembered the bug spray!

Accommodation in San Sebastián is notoriously hard to book in August and the week I was there even more so as it's what's referred to as 'The Big Festival', which falls in mid-August each year. I'd booked back in June and even then it was tough to find anything so be warned! Note San Sebastián has been voted as European City of Culture 2016 so expect next year to be even busier there.

With hindsight I'd have preferred to have been closer to the centre of town, just to save on time each day more than anything but no huge complaints with the hostel itself.
View towards the main entrance
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