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Hotel Bahia Santander
Ranked #3 of 32 Hotels in Santander
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We reserved a double room with two beds with a sea view and when we arrived, we were given Room 901. We planned to stay in the hotel a whole week. We were very surprised that the room was very large and each of the beds was also large and very comfortable. We had a very good view of the harbor and the Centro Botin because our room was at the corner of the hotel.

At each side of the beds there was a night table with lamps over them. The night tables had one drawer and plenty of storage space below it. Above the beds there was an 8-sided mirror. In Chinese culture this is a sign of good luck. There was a large desk with convenient electrical outlets. Below the desk was the minibar. The desk had a large table lamp. Above the desk was the flat TV set. The desk chair was upholstered and very comfortable. The desk had storage spaces at each end. The room had an upholstered arm chair, which was very comfortable to watch TV. Beside it was a small round table with a black marble top. The room had a beige and white carpet. The window had blackout drapes.

There were two large closets with mirrored doors. The closets had plenty of hangers. Beside the door there was another large mirror. The air conditioning had easy to adjust controls. The bathroom was very large and was lined with a beige colored ceramic tile. The sink was in a very wide piece of furniture with plenty of counter space. Across the toilet was a bidet. The bathtub/shower was easy to enter and there were large white towels to dry off.

The breakfast buffet was served on the second floor, which had large windows showing the outdoors. The windows had screens that could be lowered to temper the sunlight entering them. The food was quite good, with Spanish ham, and several types of breakfast meat. There were fried eggs already cooked on a warmer pan. There were plenty of fresh fruits, such as kiwis, melon, and pineapple already sliced and served on a pan. There was a variety of sweets typical of the area. The variety of bread was quite good.

We were constantly entertained when we were in our room by seeing all the activity in the port, especially when a cruise ship or ferry entered and left the port. The location of the hotel is the best, close to the port, downtown, and the Cathedral. Most places are walkable from the hotel. We took a taxi to the Magdalena Palace twice and the taxi fare was only 5 euros each time.

All the personnel working in the hotel had good attitudes and were very helpful. These included the men and women at the reception desk, the waiters and waitresses, and the maids who cleaned the rooms.

The hotel restaurant is called the Restaurante Hotel Bahia. Many hotels have restaurants that are mediocre. This hotel restaurant was outstanding and probably one of the best restaurants in the city! The restaurant is very well decorated and is beautiful. On the first time we tried it, we had the menu of the day, with choices for the first and second plates. Later there was a choice of desserts. The menu of the day cost 19 euros from Monday through Saturday, and 24 euros on Sunday, because the plates on Sunday were more elaborate. This price included a drink. The food was very delicious and the presentation of the food was wonderful. The food is typical of Cantabria and has modern touches. The chef of this restaurant and of two other restaurants in the hotel chain is Miguel Martinez, a very charming man. We were able to meet him and congratulate him for the food. We enjoyed the food so much that the next two days we went back for lunch. My favorite desserts were the tarta selva negra (black forest cake) and the trufa blanca (a cake with white truffles). Both were simply delicious! The white wine was verdejo, a very good wine variety from Castile-Leon. The service at the restaurant is excellent.

The nearest supermarket is Lupa, located at Calderon de la Barca, 8.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, there are bus tours to the Ruta Costa Occidental, and we were able to book this through the hotel desk. The cost was 31.50 euros per person and the pickup point was at the bus station close to the hotel at 9:05 am. This tour took us to San Vicente de la Barquera, where we saw the church on the hill. Then we went to Comillas, where we saw the Palace and Chapel of Sobrellano, the El Capricho of Gaudi, and the Universidad Pontifica. After that we had some free time to see downtown, which scenic. Then we went to Santillana del Mar. Here we were able to have free time to have lunch on our own. I recommend Restaurante La Villa (Calle La Gandara, s/n), quite elegant and with very good food and service. After lunch we went to the Museo Altamira, where we were given an explanation of the cave paintings in the cave reproduction. This tour reached Santander at about 7 pm.

We were very happy during our stay in this hotel and would certainly return to this hotel if we were to vacation again in Santander.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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HOTEL BAHIA S, Director General at Hotel Bahia Santander, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

Thank you very much for the perfect explanation of your stay at our hotel
We hope to return to see you again

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

This was a comfortable, big room in a well positioned hotel. No one bothered us - no over chatty receptionists-which suited us fine. The only drawback was the noisy and dirty works going on right outside the door. There is a big upgrading of the town centre going on. It does have a very central position which is very handy for the buses,trains and ferries, We went on a day trip to Santillana del Mar from the bus station. Worth a visit.

Room Tip: If you want a sea view probably as high up as possible.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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HOTEL BAHIA S, Director General at Hotel Bahia Santander, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2014

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This hotel is very near the ferry terminal,,shops, restaurants and marina.
It has an underground car park and free for motorbikes.
The rooms are huge and very tastefully decorated,as are the bathrooms,with lots of toiletries.
Good sound proofing,so a perfect night's sleep.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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HOTEL BAHIA S, Director General at Hotel Bahia Santander, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2014

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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Came to the hotel two days ago. Closeby constructions made the drive not easy. (Not fault of hotel…just plain fact).
Hotel parking was full so we parked right in front of the hotel.
We got the room facing cathedral.
Room was nice.

It did become noisy due to both outside construction work and internal hotel drilling activities.

Hotel restaurant, the menu offer was really great! 18 euro offer included first plate, main course, dessert, coffee, a bottle of wine. Not only the quantity, more the taste! Also, the service was great. as we ate inside hotel we did not bring wallet, wife went back to room to fetch 5 euro as tip. (The bill was put to room).

Reception desk, first guy i met, believe was a porter, was not nice.
But Cristina, she was very friendly, professional. Later on of the day we had to change out booking by shorten our stay, she made effort helping… very much appreciated.

I would recommend this hotel.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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HOTEL BAHIA S, Director General at Hotel Bahia Santander, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

This is a centrally situated hotel close to city centre, shopping & BUS/RAIL STATIONS. A short walk
and no need for a taxi. The rooms are spacious and we had a lovely view towards the town from the 5th floor. The receptionist staff were very helpful & allowed us an early check in & late check out which suited our flight times.
Only drawback was the absence of kettle & tea/coffee making facilities, this was sorely missed.
it was very good value for money, although this may have been because of the extensive building works going on around the hotel.
We will certainly return if we go back to Santander.

Room Tip: We were on the 5th floor facing the town and the views were very good. No noise.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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HOTEL BAHIA S, Director General at Hotel Bahia Santander, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I have been staying at the Hotel Bahia for a week so far, for work. It is very well run, extremely clean with nice rooms. The bed is very hard- a little too much- and so are the pillows. But the beds are big the rooms are very spacious and tasteful with extremely well maintained furnishings. Excellent location. I have run to the beach, walked around the neighborhood for tapas and shopping, and I have been walking to work at the Hospital. I would definitely return.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor facing the water.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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HOTELBAHIASantander, Director General at Hotel Bahia Santander, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Lovely large room, spotlessly clean and good value. The receptionists were both excellent, very helpful. When I had showered and changed I went down to the 'cafeteria' restaurant for a late lunch and the all-male serving staff were less than alert on the job. I wondered if perhaps as a solo woman in her 50's, they did not think I was important enough to give good service to, as I noticed the same attitude towards another of solo women, while the male customers were served much more quickly...perhaps management should look into that? However, the hotel was well placed for shopping, sightseeing, and socialising in the centre of Santander. Major roadworks going on along the seafront somewhat spoils the views from the lower floors but higher floors enjoy a wonderful view. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Higher floors, better view and less construction noise.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Address: Calle Cadiz 22, 39002 Santander, Spain
Region: Spain > Cantabria > Santander
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 32 Hotels in Santander
Price Range: £60 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Bahia Santander 4*
Number of rooms: 188
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