…because it's just off of the old Carretera Nacional (which is now much busier, because of the understandable aversion of so many recession-afficted road users to paying the autopista toll). The local railway station is almost directly opposite the hotel, but don't be daft enough to try crossing the road. The extremely cordial staff will be happy to ferry you to the other side via the fairly adjacent roundabout in their courtesy car (and pick you up when you return, if that is your wish, if you ring reception). A single on the local train into San Sebastian costs just €1.65, by the way, at the time of writing.
The building was (according to my locally-based friend, Felix), always a popular pull-in, but in 2011 was remodelled as a fully-functional hotel.
Worried about noise? Don't be. The fabric of the building is 18th century, and your room benefits from not merely double-, but quadruple-glazing (two sets of windows thus designed), with an all mod cons bathroom and extremely comfortable beds and strong wi-fi.
The breakfast is simple and straightforward. How many omelettes have you had in your life? How many glasses of freshly-squeezed orange juice have you had in your life? Please try both: I don't think that you'll be disappointed.
Ditto the "comida casera" (home-made food) options in the evening, even though, by their very nature, these are limited. When we stayed, a vermicelli chicken stock broth really took me back to my days when in Spain on a student budget (in the nicest possible way) - beyond tasty.
There's nothing to dislike here. Even the view beyond the railway station is pretty stunning, if you're a town boy like me!