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Hotel Palacio del Mar
Ranked #23 of 32 Hotels in Santander
Reviewed 4 January 2013

I don't know if this was standard, but we got a hugh room that included a massive double bed and a sofa and chairs. It also had a very nice balcony, strangely there was no furniture on it, would have been nice to sit there and read. The room was the best with this hotel. Otherwise, like previously mentioned, had an odd decor of hunting and animals and toreros. Breakfast was ok, particularly since this is spain after all. The location was ok, not far from the best beach in the city and some restaurants in the evening. We stayed 3 nights and then we had eaten in many places and kind of run out of options, so I would not have wanted to stay longer. It is far to the inner city with more options, you could walk there in maybe 20 min through a horrible tunnel (!), if not, it is even further and requires a taxi or car.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

My husband, two year old daughter and I stayed here the night before our return ferry to the UK after two months travelling around Europe. We hadn't pre booked, turning up on spec mid Sunday afternoon. The main attraction for my husband was the free parking, as we had a land rover and expedition trailer to park up! The car park is quite small with only a few bays but we were able to park the opposite side with no problems. We were offered a junior suite for €90 ish which we took. It was perfect - a large bedroom for us with its own TV, leaving the large sofa bed free for our daughter. The room was spotlessly clean and very welcoming. Overall great value and a great location. Would use again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Stayed here for a couple of nights on the ground floor .. Room was big .. More like a suite .. Had a terrace and all the hotel amenities you could need .. Restaurant is good but not great .. Nothing is wildly over priced .. Not far to walk to the beach
Still wish it would be made illegal for hotels not to have a power outlet next to the bed though.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Hotel desperate for updating... Staff ellusive and indifferent. The restaurant staff spoke no english at all and my sons were served steak so rare it practically had a pulse! Glad we only stayed one night.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

Booked this hotel through Brittany Ferries who we have travelled with many times - we really rate them so were so disappointed with this bizarre OTT hotel. Stayed one night prior to getting ferry back to UK. Palacio ''del Mar'' is actually quite a few blocks back from 'del Mar' with no views of the sea (and no views at all of anything from the basement bars and dining rooms which have no windows and are internal rooms) Whilst Reception and our huge well equipped 80s style bedroom was great (and clean) with lots of space and a big bath and powerful shower, it did remind me of a set out of Footballers wives with plastic fantastic flowers in the bathroom and mirrored fitted wardrobes. The tacky Footballers Wives theme extended to the horrible ballroom/dining room where we ate breakfast - it was just depressing. For an expensive four star hotel, the breakfast was disgusting - very limited choice and a plate of 'sweating' shiny cheeses that had clearly been brought out several days in a row. All the glasses for fruit juice and water were grubby and dusty and the fridges where the fruit and yoghurts were stored were very dirty and could not have been properly cleaned for weeks. The waiter proceeded to strip tables of the their 'table cloths' whilst many guests were still eating (they were by the way throwaway paper covers) revealing the bashed cheap furniture underneath. We would never go back. However we did have a few good belly laughs at the hotel magazines/annuals all over the hotel like 'Hello' life style magazines advertising all the social events that had been held for footballers and matadors at the hotel -it is almost worth staying (room only!) for this....The next morning we were on the ferry back to the UK and the Brittany Ferry Pont Aven restaurant breakfast was excellent - far better quality, immaculate food hygiene and proper buffet restaurant service.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

The location is ok, but the hotel needs an urgent renovation.
You can still smell the asbestos kind of furnishings and carpets manufactured with cheap unhealthy materials. The so called 'design' of the hotel is a wild mixture of an african farm, nostalgic memorabila of bullfighters and a bland concrete interior design.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

We stayed here before getting the ferry back to England for 2 nights, we wanted somewhere a bit special for a last few days so chose here...hmm.

I had booked it due to the website saying FREE PARKING. Yes, it is free, if you can get into the TINY, cramped car park at the front of the building. It was so packed people had parked up the grass on the curbs. So, we had to pay 14 euro a night for the underground car park, great.

The room itself was nice, a bit bland looking but pleasant. Had a separate lounge area with TV and double bedroom. The view and 'balcony' were crap. We had a view of the side of another building and the balcony looked like an industrial estate. Not worth the price.

The bar was tacky with dead animals everywhere, not pleasant and the food was........average. I didn't eat any of it, but my boyfriend said it was ok, but overpriced. Plus, you couldn't even eat a salad until 9pm. The cocktails were extremely strong but very nice.
There was a wedding on whilst we were there and it was very loud - the 'terrace' bar was used for this wedding on the Saturday and was not cleaned not did it open again the whole time we were there.

The walls are paper thin, I could hear the couple next to us chatting and laughing late at night and was woken every morning at 7 by a baby crying outside.

definitely not a 4 star hotel. could get better for your money.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Avenida Cantabria 5 | El Sardinero, 39012 Santander, Spain
Region: Spain > Cantabria > Santander
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Santander
Price Range: £46 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Palacio del Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This extensive hotel lies just 150 m from Santanders famous Sardinero Beach. Its luxurious, spacious rooms can accommodate up to 5 people.Communal areas at the Sercotel Suite Hotel Palacio del Mar are stylish and inviting - providing the perfect place to sit and chat with friends or business associates. Enjoy evenings in the piano bar which has an African theme, creating a unique atmosphere for your visit to Cantabria. Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant allows you to dine in a maritime-themed setting.As a hotel guest, you enjoy free access to the adjacent sports centre. Work out in the centres gym, spend a session in the sauna and take a dip in the covered swimming pool. ... more   less 
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