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“Peace and quiet ... at what price?”
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Pension Joakina
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

Joakina is a jewel if you want peace and quiet. It's minutes walk from beach, old town, railway station etc yet is on a quiet street, has been renovated with heavy doors and double glazed windows and together, this makes for a wondrous silent retreat in a busy touristy city. It also has reliable strong wi-fi. An important plus.

There are four rooms. Three have a balcony and one does not. Instead it is open to the central lightwell. I have to stress that this review applies solely to this room. We arrived in hot humid conditions to find that the room was almost as hot as outside - and had no air con. Luix, the friendly and helpful tri-lingual proprietor gave us a small fan. It was on day and night during our four night stay. We opened windows and doors as often as we could without compromising our privacy and the room simply heated up again each time we were in it. The central lightwell is covered and on the fourth floor so simply doesn't help to cool anything down. I would guess the other rooms with balconies did not have this issue when the cool change came through - our room was still too hot to sleep in comfortably.

Re sleeping, despite a modern renovation and lovely shared bathroom, the beds were hard single ensembles with barely cushioned wire springs. I had to use both sheets and a towel underneath me at night to avoid a sore back and legs. It was hot enough that I certainly didn't need them on top of me!

Luix also runs the place with his mum. She was nosy enough to look into our room several times from the shared bathroom and on one occasion, saw that we had hung up a jacket on a hiking clothes line in the room simply to air it out - it was dry. She leaned out of the window and gave us a serve about not washing clothes and letting them drip on the floor. We had done no such thing and appreciated that wetting floating veneer floorboards would be a bad thing - we are home owners too!! However the rooms do not have a single clothes hoist or door / wall hook even to hang your wet towel each day. When you are sharing a bathroom this is quite important. The nosy mother would also appear each time we used the shared bathroom to make sure we had left it clean. We felt a bit spied upon.

So this is not a negative review as our stay was restful and pleasant and I would recommend Joakina only if you get a balcony room. There are just a few issues that need attending to to raise the bar to anywhere near the 80 euro we paid. This central room is not offered at a discount and based on all of the other places we have stayed in in Spain, it is worth about 50-60 euro.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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LuixDonosti, Propietario at Pension Joakina, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Good afternoon, thanks a lot for your review. We liked you enjoyed some of our services, and treat to attend your suggestions along this year. To do it a bit better, we bought some new big fans, as air conditioning machines are too complicated to install, we hope with this we fix a problem we found and we have to attend. We also changed all beds this year, we hope clients like them more, we had not almost complaints about this but is true they were not as new as the last renovation we did. About my mom, she likes to have everything clean, specially for next guest, after any uses the bathroom, sorry if you felt disturbed, she wants to beg you pardon if you felt spied. Anyway, some other guests (not you, we remember you and we have to tell you were some of the cleanest guests we had), wash clothes in the bathrooms, which does not allow others to use for personal washing and specially clothes won´t be dry never as dries do, we have wooden floors and we do not want them damaged with wet clothes. Finally, we now San Sebastian is not a cheap place to sleep, renovations are much more expensive and buildings also, which they increase a lot the final price of any Pension / Hotel. We hope next time you come here you will have a balcony room, please remember it to us when you book a room and we will try to attend your suggestion, like we did now with your review. Regards. Luis Olaizola

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Reviewed 7 September 2011

After overcoming the mixup with arrival time...which I realised later was my own fault...everything else fell into place. Greeted by warmest welcome that Basque Country can give. The place itself is immaculate, clean and quiet, the rooms are very spacious! The location is perfect, 5mins walk to the beach and the old town!

I can't wait to go back and catch up with the hosts, hopefully my spanish has improved by that time hehehe

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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LuixDonosti, Propietario at Pension Joakina, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Good morning, thanks a lot for your review, is great to read good words like yours!! Yes, it was a pitty the little misunderstanding, but finally everything was ok. Hope to see you soon at the Pension Joakina. Regards. Luis Olaizola

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Reviewed 30 August 2011

We absolutely loved Pension Joakina! The photos don't do it justice. We stayed in a twin room (very clean and very comfy) with a beautiful little balcony looking out over the street. The shared bathroom was big, modern and spotless and is only shared with one other room so we rarely had to wait. The location is perfect and the owner is absolutely lovely. I can't recommend this place highly enough. I would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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LuixDonosti, Propietario at Pension Joakina, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Good afternoon, thanks a lot for your review. Comments like yours make us happy and give us an incredible feed to keep working hard. Hope to see you soon again!! Regards. Luis Olaizola

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Reviewed 15 August 2011

We ended up in some god awful hostle with no hot water, no sound proofing, and drunks stumbling aroudn the halls till 5am and then loud regge starting at 10. We hunted all aroudn San Sebastian and to much dispare couldn't find a free room. We then found this place where an elderly woman spent 15 minutes telling us about how long she had been runing the place and how there were never problems and etc.

I'm not sure this is a great place if you want to party in your room or go wild in the hotel, but it's clean, comfortable, quiet, well priced and peaceful. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a solid place to sleep while they enjoy San Sebastian. The location is also incredable, being very close to both beaches and all the Pintxo bars in Old Town.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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LuixDonosti, Gerente at Pension Joakina, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Good afternoon, thanks a lot for your great review. We did a big renovation some years ago to give the service you had at Pension Joakina, not a place for party, just rest and close to everything in town. We still keep working to give more and better services, hairdryers in rooms, better linen and towels, blankets, etc. We hope to see you soon!!! Regards. Luis Olaizola

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Address: Calle Camino, 4 - 4. Dcha, 20004 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Region: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 78 B&Bs / Inns in San Sebastian - Donostia
Price Range: €39 - €85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pension Joakina 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Adults only Pension, recently renovatedd. All ensuite rooms have balcony view. Two shared bath bedrooms, one of them with balcony view. Great for city center quiet area, after visiting the town, working, etc. Rooms have free wifi, TV, heating, hair dryer, acoustic isolation, linen and towels changed everyday or when requested.Parking agreement available at La Concha parking. ... more   less 
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