Built in 1926 in a grand imperial style that recalled the previous century, this grande dame still features an over-the-top (literally) stained glass dome in the lobby. With 142 rooms on six floors and an array of meeting and ballrooms, it has long been the chosen venue for weddings and political functions. (The hotel actually housed the Basque government during the Civil War.) Owners managed to get the building declared a “historic, artistic, and cultural monument,” and the sense of superiority unfortunately carries over to some of the staff.
- Frommer's Staff