The Luxury Collection Unveils the Restored Hotel Maria Cristina
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., reopens the doors to the historic Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, following an extensive $25 million restoration. The renovation of Hotel Maria Cristina, which was completed in time for its 100th anniversary this month, is part of a larger strategy to invest in the restoration of Starwood's most celebrated 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. READER COMMENTS
''Hotel Maria Cristina has been a beloved landmark in this city since 1912 and has been centre stage to the San Sebastian Film Festival for more than half of a century,'' said Paul James, global brand leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, in an announcement. ''We are delighted to reintroduce this historic icon and unlock the exceptional and indigenous experiences of this destination to our guests, as only The Luxury Collection brand can.''
The extensive nine-month project, which was led by Idom Engineering & Architecture, features interiors restored by HBA Design.
The public spaces of the hotel reveal high ceilings, intricate mouldings, marble pillars, and a grey and white Carrara marble floor.
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 colours enhance the suites.