The "Rodney Travel Club" were on another 4-Day excursion and picked the Bahia for our tour of Santander and Bilbao. The lads' expectation of hotels is always high based on the "Rodney" boys' preferences for style and previous experiences all over Europe. The Bahia was no dissappointment. It is only a short walk (less than 5 minutes) from the bus terminus accross the road from the railway station. It smacks of class when you enter the lobby. We were delighted to be checked-in with a minimum of fuss even although we had arrived well before the designated earliest check-in time. The rooms were great too with all we could have expected and they overlooked the main Cathedral at the back of the hotel. Only a short walk from the Bahia was the shopping district, the market and the "entertainment" area full of cafes, bars, restaurants and ice-cream shops. Our evening excursions were only ever a short walk away (something most important to the "Rodney" boys), even more important on the way home at the end of the evening. The prescribed "Endless March" this year took place on our first day. We walked along the harbourfront past the marina, along the west beach, around the peninsula and finally along to the Sardinero (well-heeled and one of the cleanest, most manicured beaches we've come accross) for a well-earned beer.....then the long march back to the Bahia. On the second day we took a bus to Bilbao where we enjoyed the Guggenheim, strolling along the riverside and around the old town - easy and great day out from the Bahia. We did not use the bar, the cafe or the restaurant in the Bahia as the clientele tended to be older and of a different style to the "Rodney" boys. Overall the Bahia hit the spot and met our high expectations - we did not really come accross another centrally-located hotel in Santander that matches the Bahia.
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