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Abba Santander Hotel
Ranked #18 of 32 Hotels in Santander
Reviewed 15 July 2012

The hotel is located in the very centre of the city; it is easily reached by car - even parking is not a problem if you're ready to pay the price of the nearby underground public car park (access via the central lanes at the end of the Antonio Lopez street). However, the room we had (203) is too narrow and badly designed: there is such a lack of space that the window can't be opened normally, and the cupboard is almost out of reach. Noise from the street cannot be shut out, as the window doesn't close properly. The smoke detector produces red flashes far too bright for a sleeping room. Breakfast is not varied enough for its price.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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ABBASANTANDER, recep at Abba Santander Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2015

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. While I wish you had a better experience, it is feedback like this that we learn from and use to improve. We work hard to deliver an exceptional guest experience, and it's apparent in this case that we fell short. If you give us a chance to earn back your trust, I can assure you that we will do our best to give you the great hotel experience that so many of our guests have grown so fond of.

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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We had an early train to Madrid, so we wanted a comfortable hotel near the station for our last night in Santander. The Abba Santander is about 150 meters from the Renfe station, and even closer to the bus station.

We got to park in the reserved area just a few steps from the front door, and a pleasant receptionist assured us that it was all right to leave our car there. He quickly checked us in and sent us upstairs to a well-designed double room. Fortunately, two windows opened, because an enthusiastic application of air freshener overpowered our senses when entering the room. We were glad for the ventilation, which eventually reduced the strong scent to a tolerable level.

Despite this potentially unpleasant touch, we had a good rest. The room was clean and the twin beds were comfortable. Neutral furnishings provided a nice style. Most importantly, the windows (once we were able to close them) were well insulated and muffled some substantial street noise. The compact bathroom supplied nice toiletries, and the towels were appropriate for this class of hotel.

The receptionist also provided quick directions to the “barrio pesquero,” the fishing port area with several restaurants that serve seafood virtually directly from the boats moored across the street. It’s surprising that more visitors to Santander haven’t mentioned this delightful experience. You can walk there from the hotel in about 20 minutes.

We had to get up painfully early for our train the next morning, so we missed breakfast, but the walk to the station was quick and easy. It would have been great to stay a few more nights in Santander.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank David K
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ABBASANTANDER, recep at Abba Santander Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2015

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon.

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Reviewed 2 July 2012

Overall: 4.5. Cheaper hotel right downtown and recently updated. Nice ammenities and a good value. It is easy and cheap to get to from the airport. I would recommend this hotel.

Location: 5*. Located right next to the bus and train station. The area around bus and train stations can sometimes be a little sketchy, but this was not so. It is about a 20 minute walk to the first beach, which isn't too bad. The public busses can also get you there. It is only a 3 minute walk to the big cathedral and the first of the Santander sights as well as the restaurant area.

Transport from Airport: 4*. Not operated by the hotel, but since it is right next to the bus station, there is a public bus that leaves for the airport every half hour. I believe it is around 4 euros one way. The bus picks up right at the main exit of the airport near the taxi stand and drops off at the stop closest to the hotel (litteraly a 20m walk). Do this over a taxi which is around 17 euros one way.

Exterior: 5*. Very nice. Looks like it was recently redone. It has the classic European look to it with soome bright colors to accent the exterior.

Room condition: 4*. The rooms were modern and clean. The bathroom smelled a little, but it wasn't unbearable. They did give us a smoking room but you could barely tell (we're non smokers) and would have asked to move if it had. They seemed to be updated recently but didin't have the nicest of fixtures, but nothing to loose sleep over. The room aslo had A/C.

Breakfast: 3.5*. What you would expect from a European hotel. It didn't have the most selection I've seen. It offered eggs, cold cuts, pastries, cereal, fruit, deserts (which was weird for breakfast), etc. It cost 12 Euros if you don't make it a part of your rate, but worth it. They did have the pastries in the lobby later in the day which makes me wonder if you could have found them earlier in the day as well.

Parking: unknown but I don't think there was any offered by the hotel.

Business center: None that I know of.

Wireless internet: unknown

Other: 5* There is a minibar in the room but you could get the drinks (water, pepsi, coffee) from the lobby for free. It is a nice benefit. We also had a room that had a (very) small balcony, a nice ammenity when it is nice out.

Suggestions for things to do that we didn't: We found out too late that you could take an all day trip to this cave about an hour away. It left at 9 am, and you would take a train to the cave. Took a tour of the cave and came back. If you have a car, you can also go to some caves that have 10,000 year old cave art about 45 minutes away (I think it was a UNESCO heritage site). The best way to get to this was to get a car and drive.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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ABBASANTANDER, recepcion at Abba Santander Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2015

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon.

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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Hotel has been recently renewed and is well placed.
Rooms are spacious.

Only issue is that room I had was facing Calle de Calderón de la Barca. This street is noisy at all time. So you may have some problems if you are a light slpeeper.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Thank SubNormale
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ABBASANTANDER, recep at Abba Santander Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2015

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. While I wish you had a better experience, it is feedback like this that we learn from and use to improve. We work hard to deliver an exceptional guest experience, and it's apparent in this case that we fell short. If you give us a chance to earn back your trust, I can assure you that we will do our best to give you the great hotel experience that so many of our guests have grown so fond of.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed 7 May 2012

Hi From Dubiln,
Excellent location for a 1 night stay after our trip to Santillana Del mar.We were flying to Dublin and the bus station to santander airport is 1 minute walk.Hotel is spotless staff
very attentive.We stayed in room 301 Gigantic king bed room a little small but great value @75 euros room only.
We did not have breakfast I consider 27 euros for 2 a bit pricey.Highly recommend Abba Santander and will stay again.
.Breakfast is available 1 minute walk from hotel turn left when you exit hotel second cafe on left typical Spanish and nice food.
Cheers,
Baile Bologna,

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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ABBASANTANDER, recep at Abba Santander Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2015

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed 14 April 2012

Having stayed in most hotels in Santander, this is by far our favourite.!! Great location ,super for dropping your bags off after a long shopping trip. Staff are always.friendly and willing to help.
Nothing too much trouble! Handy for the ferry ,and numerous bars and resturants. All rooms are clean and comfortable.
Loooking forward to our next trip.
Hi to Simon!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Donna K
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ABBASANTANDER, recepcion at Abba Santander Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2015

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed 5 February 2012

Problems in the nearby airport obliged me to stay a night in Santander. l checked into this hotel simply because it was the nearest. For 3 star hotel l found it very affordable, clean and comfortable. It lies just by the main busstation but it was surprisingly quiet The staff was friendly and very helpfull.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon.

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Address: Calle Calderon de La Barca 3, 39002 Santander, Spain
Region: Spain > Cantabria > Santander
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Santander
Price Range: £48 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Abba Santander Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Abba Santander can be found in the centre of Santander just 100 metres from the train station and ferry port. There is a 24-hour reception and tourist information can be provided. All modern, air-conditioned rooms have free Wi-Fi, a plasma TV with digital channels and a minibar. They also have a separate bathroom with a hairdryer. The central location of Abba Santander and its proximity to transport links means all attractions are easily accessible, including the Pereda gardens and the Cathedral. ... more   less 
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