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Hotel Chiqui
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Santander
Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Last minute delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2012

Was traveling from Barcelona to Santander via Bilbao to take the ferry to Portsmouth. The Friday before my Sunday arrival booked this hotel because I wanted to be on an Atlantic Ocean beach for at least one night (I am from the center of the US where we don't have tides). Obviously off season, so for 60 Euros I had a room with a balcony overlooking a wonderful promenade and beach. I spent almost 24 delightful hours at this location and 80 plus euros more on roomservice, meals and drinks--always in the fresh air watching the surfers and the rest of the world go by. As a matter of note--I would love to have the backlighting in the room in my own home and the wi-fi did work for me. I loved every minute of my stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012 via mobile

My five day stay at this hotel was very enjoyable; the room was comfortable with a terrace and excellent sea and beach view. There was no mini bar in this room which would have been a pleasant addition. The breakfast, included in the price of the room, was second to none with a choice of cooked meats, sausages, fresh and tinned fruit and a truly enticing selection of fresh cakes and pastries.

The one negative was the very intermittent availability of the free wifi on my iPad. I seemed to pick it up more frequently on my blackberry phone. I speak Spanish and did initially have help from the reception staff but they had to give up after several attempts. Also the codes were complex and for me there was no wifi at all on the cafe terrace.

I will return to this hotel but not if I need reliable wifi.

Santander and Sardinero are beautifully kept places, with several long walks on the doorstep. The gardens, parks and cliff walk to the light house, not to mention la peninsula, are well worth a visit. The people are all dressed so stylishly and are a joy to watch strolling along the esplanade. There are also lots of joggers and runners. I recommend a flight to Santander, a bus from the airport - 2,20€ to the centre and the beach path walk from the town centre which leads all the way to Chiqui. A fabulous few days!

Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Worcestershire, UK
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187 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

We began our Spanish driving holiday here with 3 nights enjoying Santander, having previously just driven off the boat or just stayed one night. The hotel is very conveniently located overlooking a lovely beach but close to the local bus service. We parked the car outside when we arrived and didn't use it again until we moved on to Bilbao, using the cheap & frequent local bus to go into the city centre or to the Magdalena peninsula. The room had a nice balcony with a super sea view - it was great to watch the kite surfers on a breezy afternoon. We have never been disappointed with hotels we've booked through Brittany Ferries and this was well up to our expected standard. However we found the meals in the cafeteria were unimaginative and formulaic; there are much better places to eat in the town or along the seafront.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a sea view
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield
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172 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

This is the third time we have had a one night stay in this hotel and in every case we have found the accommodation excellent. We use this hotel because it has free parking (unsecured unless you want to pay for it), the rooms are modern and all those we have used have balconies and sea views. As a stop off during a journey it fits the bill, but if you want to visit the town it is a considerable distance away. On this occasion we decided to try the full restaurant rather than the basic cafeteria. We treated ourselves to the gastronomic menu which was handed to us in reception. Surprisingly, this was not shown to us in the actual restaurant - perhaps because the a la carte menu would have come to much more than this special menu. It was an exciting experience of eating selections we would never have risked as individual orders and included a bottle of wine for goos measure. The only negative for us, an opinion I have seen shared by others, is that that some of the staff can be somewhat surly or offhand.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Maynooth, Ireland
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67 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

Close to many amenities, including the wonderful El Sardinero beach, Racing Santander's football grounds, and some pricey but delicious restaurants. Stayed here with a friend in August 2012 and was not disappointed. Excellent breakfasts with good choices, helpful multilingual staff, and nice clean rooms with a good view of the ocean. Chiqui also has a charming family orientated atmosphere and is close to a hearty coastal walk along by the golf club which is also highly worthwhile.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at the Chiqui as part of a holiday booked through Brittany Ferries. The crossing was smooth with comfortable cabins and pleasant staff. On arrival in Santander the hotel is a short drive away costing no more than 10 euros. The hotel is set just off the most beautiful blue sea and golden sand beach. Reception staff were friendly and we were soon checked in. Our room over looked the picturesque view and both bedroom and bathroom were very spacious. We knew before our arrival that there was no air conditioning so took our own fan which proved to be invaluable. Breakfast was mouthwatering, plenty of choice for all with hot and cold options available. During our stay we used the regular and modern bus service to explore Santander - any journey is one euro. The palace is a must as is the open top bus tour of the city. The resort is mainly Spanish speaking and visited by locals - this added to our enjoyment of our holiday as we prefer to stay away from English commercialised resorts. You must experience the ice cream whilst there- a tiny parlour located behind the local store (called regisis or something similar,) is to die for! A wonderful holiday for r and r and a bit of culture.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012

Excellent Hotel. Stayed recently for 7 nights and found everything to be excellent. Reception staff helpful. Cafe/Bar seemed very busy and staff seemed to be quite stressed and not over friendly to English, preferred to serve Spanish regulars first. However only a minor point otherwise first class.

Room Tip: Higher floor. 428/427 excellent choice.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Chiqui
Address: Calle Manuel Garcia Lago 9, 39005 Santander, Spain
Region: Spain > Cantabria > Santander
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santander
#4 Family Hotel in Santander
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santander
#6 Business Hotel in Santander
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Chiqui 3*
Number of rooms: 161
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