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Santemar Hotel
Ranked #15 of 32 Hotels in Santander
Reviewed 19 November 2009

The Hotel is situated right beside the beech and within walking distance to some nice attractions. The ground floor of the hotel is very impressive but once you step out into the hallways leading to the bedrooms, you are met with the most crazy outdated wall paper you just wouldnt expect after being in the loddy. The bedrooms are very much dated in style & colours & comfort.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2009

For a long weekend in Santander, the stay at Santemar Hotel was wonderful. It was blocks to the beach. If I tried, I could see the ocean from the room. Getting around to other parts of town, via bus. What is in walking distance - Beach!! Tapas Bar where the Sangria ran freely. The hotel seemed like a 4-5 star. The staff make you feel at home, and is helpful in every way.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2009

The location is the best, the hotel is situated in the best part of Santander on an amazing beach. The hotel itself is dated, although the first impression of the lobby is good, going into the bar the corridors and the rooms you will see that the furniture and decor is quite old. The hotel is quite expensive for what is on offer. Although I got a good rate through a web site the hotel rate is really high and the charge for breakfast is ridiculous when you can go to any of the many cafes just outside the door and eat for half the price. The rooms are quite noisy you can hear conversations, bath room and corridor noise very loudly in the room.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2009

Santemar has a good location, just a 4 minute walk from El Sardinero. Breakfast is not included and if you decide to have breakfast at the hotel there is not even a menu. Just juice, coffee and a couple of pastries. So I strongly recommend you have breakfast somewhere else. Rooms are not as impressive as the lobby area, but they are ok.
Internet is not included, you must pay for it for a daily charge of 7 Euros, I find this unbelievable these days. Parking is available and roomy.
I would recommend this hotel for the closeness to all the pedestrian areas, the rest is not so hot!!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank SpainMart2009
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

The hotel Santemar is a quite big hotel very close to the Sardinero beach (one of the best city beaches in Spain). Santander is not that big, so you can easily get to the main touristic attractions from there. It is quite pricy for Spain, however in Santander the hotel offer is limited.
Rooms and bathrooms are big and clean as you could expect from a Spanish four stars. Very few rooms have sea views, most of them face the opposite side.
However there are two main problems: first is noise. This is one remarkable problem in this hotel, due to poor construction you can hear everything from the room next to you. Moreover, cleaning staff is noisy in the mornings and wont let you sleep till late (they knocked our door at 9 in the morning of...sunday!!!). The buffet is extremely expensive for the quality. Much better having breakfast in some of the cafes in the near Plaza de Italia (right in the Casino).

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2008

The hotel is in a great location, about 100 metres from the beach with plenty of buzz (if that's what your're looking for). It's a bit distant from city centre so that, while there are possibilities, the choice for restaurants / bars is quite limited. Decor in public areas is a bit dated but rooms are extremely comfortable and are clean. Car parking charge at €19 is a bit steep and if you arrive by car effectively there is no other option.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2008

Local bus is in Santander City Centre in about 10-15 minutes from the airport. Good Value at 1.60euro each. From the centre you need to take a number 1 bus which drop you off at a big casino which is just round the corner from hotel santemar. You will be there in about 10 minutes or so. Dont think you can walk from the bus station where you get off the airport bus you wont. The hotel itself has a fairly attractive reception area with a couple of tv lounges just off the reception - these are pretty comfy. Be prepared for the terrible BLUE and RED stripy wallpaper when the lift doors open into the hallway on the way to your room. This looks dated and dull. The room itself was basic and fairly clean. The tv sits on top of the minibar cabinet (which was locked) and the top of the cabinet was dusty as was some of the panneling on the walls. Other than that the room was clean and tidy.

We had dinner that night in the restaurant - there is a set menu which costs approximately 20 euro each and includes wine, water etc. Good value but to be honest the food wasnt that great. It was ok but nothing special. There is an ordinary menu but this looks expensive for the quality of food you are getting. The bar is very formal and not very comfortable - we had one drink there.

The area around the hotel was fairly quiet. The hotel is close to the beach which is very nice and the promenade is nice. Not that many shops, bars and restaurants around it has to be said which is why we ended up eating at the hotel.

We only stayed here for one night so it is difficult to really get a feel for the place but I did not find the staff (or indeed the locals) particularly friendly but then with me not speaking Spanish and hardly any of them speaking English it was difficult to communicate.

In summary I dont think I will be rushing back to Santander but even if I was I would probably be checking out other hotels. This one was ok but nothing special.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Santemar Hotel

Address: Calle Joaquin Costa 28, 39005 Santander, Spain
Region: Spain > Cantabria > Santander
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santander
#8 Luxury Hotel in Santander
Price Range: £41 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Santemar Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 350
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