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New to Spain: Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián

Nobu Hospitality, the global lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, announces its fourth Spanish hotel and restaurant – Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián. With a strong focus on cuisine, local culture, and architectural design combined with an air of celebrity, Nobu may have met its match in San Sebastián. As the capital of Gipuzkoa, this is a city with the most Michelin stars per square meter than anywhere else in the world, the site of Balenciaga’s first atelier, and a place that Hemingway fondly called home while writing ‘Fiesta’. A true culinary mecca, the mountainous Basque Country’s culture is reflected throughout the coastal town, where visitors are invited to hop from bar to restaurant while sampling bitesize gastronomy referred to locally as pintxo. Overlooking La Concha Bay, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián is scheduled to open in March 2023, with 20 luxuriously designed guest rooms and suites and a 98-seat Nobu restaurant offering panoramic water and city views. The fully renovated hotel sits on the site of the famed Palacio Vista Eder, constructed in 1912 and designed by renowned Spanish architect, Francisco Urcola. Partnering with Nobu Hospitality on the new opening is Millenium Hospitality Real Estate SOCIMI (“MHRE”). With an existing collection of five-star hotels peppered throughout Spain and Portugal, MHRE’s strategy places an emphasis on the careful selection of properties and their location. Based on generating value by acquiring and repositioning hotel assets, MHRE is managed by a multidisciplinary team of prestigious professionals with extensive experience in hotel investment, boasting a large portfolio of assets both under operation and in the process of being repositioned. Javier Illán Plaza, President and CEO of Millenium Hospitality Real Estate states, “The partnership with Nobu Hospitality and launch of Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián further places the region on the map as the ultimate gourmet hotspot. I’m thrilled to be working with the brand to make this opening one of the country’s most exciting for 2023, which will be embraced by residents and visitors alike.” Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper state, “San Sebastián is an exciting location for the brand as good quality food is intrinsic to the destination. We’re so pleased to be partnering with Javier Illán Plaza on this project and to be opening our fourth hotel and restaurant in Spain, bringing the Nobu cuisine to a new audience of residents and travellers.” Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive Officer Nobu Hospitality comments, “We are truly honored to be entering the city of San Sebastián, well known for its cultural diversity and a beacon of gastronomic excellence in Spain. The Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián are crafted on the tremendous vision of our partner, Millenium, to create a very special hospitality experience. We look forward to becoming a part of the local community whom we hold in such high regard.”

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. I have been fortunate to both eat and stay at a number of Nobu restaurants and hotels on my business travels around the world.

    For me the real differentiator has been their remarkable sense of calm. Even in the middle of the busiest cities Nobu achieves a feeling of tranquility.

  2. The locals around San Sebastián will certainly keep the Nobu chefs on their toes. Culinary standards up on that north coast are sky high.

  3. Spain’s northern coast line is Spain’s undiscovered jewel, though it does get more than it’s fair share of rain. Book into the Nobu and you’ll have a memorable holiday.

  4. St Sebastian is one of the world’s great gastronomic hubs. From my experience of eating with Nobu they should fit in well.

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