I travel to Gijon on business occasionally and the Tryp Rey Pelayo is my hotel of choice in the town. I would also use it for leisure travel if the chance arose because I trust it.
It is not on the seafront but a short walk of less than ten minutes will get you there. Similarly, the downtown area is but a short stroll away. A really lovely municipal park is literally over the road and I often go for a walk by the lake there to chill out. Finally regarding location, it is 400m from the football stadium - this is a GOOD thing, because the ground level there is home to several restaurants and bars and a good sized Alimerka supermarket (take ID if you intend to pay by card).
The hotel is well appointed, very clean and reception staff are both friendly and helpful - I really can't fault them. Rooms are a good size and are well equipped; the WiFi is free as well (coded vouchers needed from reception) with an OK signal. Little toiletry extras in the bathroom are a thoughtful touch (shaving kit, toothbrush and paste, sponge, comb etc.). There is secure underground parking but I don't know what the charge for it is.
The breakfast choice and quality is superb (cost 15 Euro in 2014 if not included in your rate). For dinner, only burger/chicken caesar salad type options are available in the bar or a pizza can be delivered using a card in your room. They used to offer a full dinner service but I guess that this proved uneconomic. There are plenty of restaurants in town though and some even serve food at "northern European dinner time" as opposed to the later hours (typically after 9pm) preferred by the Spanish.
Local colleagues have urged me to try the ABBA and the NH but the Rey Pelayo works for me when I'm on business and if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Melia Gijón