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.
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