Tourist License Code: HS00709
It is said by the popular wisdom that was the Marquis of San Millán who at first, in 1760, knew about the benefits of the waters that reached Zestoa. His dogs, which suffered from scabies, bathed a good day in a pool from where was flowing out hot water. Some few days later, the animals healed from their disease.
The springs of Balneario de Cestona, knowed under the nicknames of San Ignacio (suitable for liver diseases) and Christmas (kidney), emerge from the limestone rock located very deep into earth, which belongs to the cretaceous period. Those waters, drunk as early as they flow out, are specially suitable to treat diseases of the digestive system, gallbladder diseases, liver disorders, gallstones,… These waters were declared to be in the public interest in 1792.
Actually, they are two and not just one, the hotels linked to Balneario de Cestona, althoug they are commercialized at the same time or in an indiscriminate manner: Gran Hotel and Hotel Etxebarri, located this one over the spa facilities and linked with the first one through a bridge. The two hotels offer together an amount of 127 rooms.
But, evidently, the one that raises the biggest interest due to the history it has and because the moments it evokes through its architecture, that one that still conserves structures like the “Empire Stairway”, the “Great Dinning Room”, the Hunting Lodge or the “Arabian Saloon”, pieces which cast us back into the first years of the XIXth century, when were only members of the aristocrazy and the high bourgeoisie who used to have the opportunity of bathtaking, that one was the Gran Hotel.
Other singular spaces in Balneario de Cestona nare the Saloon-Theater, owner of amazing acoustics, with its huge scenario and able to seat 200 people, as well as the “Great Social Saloon” and its artistic show windows, dated in the late 1920s and attached to the cafeteria, which exits to the terrace and gardens.
These hotels offer internet wifi connection in common areas and 24 hours opened reception desk. Pets are very welcome.