Just back from a five night stay at the Hotel Chiqui in El Sardinero, Santander. Following one night in Portsmouth, a smooth 24 hour ferry crossing on the Pont Aven and an easy and reasonably priced taxi transfer, we were delighted when we arrived at the hotel. Check in was welcoming and professional. Our room on the second floor was very nice with a balcony overlooking the beach (I think all rooms overlook the beach but not all have balconies).
The only negative was the lack of air conditioning in the rooms, but we knew about that. A nice touch was the fridge on each floor containing free litre bottles of water which you could take to your room (but not out of the hotel which is fair enough). There was also a fridge in the room.
We were bed and breakfast. The breakfast was superb. There were fried eggs, frankfurters, bacon and a full selection of fruit, cold meats and cheeses, plus biscuits and cakes. There was fresh fruit juice, bottled water, coffee and tea. We only ate at the hotel once in the evening as we tried a different restaurant each night (there are plenty within 5 - 15 minutes walk). We often had a coffee (try the Irish one) in the outdoor terrace of an evening. There are also a number of beach bars.
On check out day, reception looked after our bags until we were ready to set off back to the ferry port. They arranged a taxi for us which arrived in less than five minutes and was even cheaper than the one on arrival (about 7 and a half euros).
Whilst there we did plenty of walking. This included visits to Parque de la Magdelana, and Faro de Cabo Mayor which is a cliff walk around the back of the hotel, around a golf course and up to the lighthouse. We walked into Santander stopping off at the Museo Maritimo del Cantabrico, which is well worth a visit.
All in all we really enjoyed our trip to Santander and the Chiqui.
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