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“super clean & new hip accomodation”
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Hotel Alda Algalia
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“super clean & new hip accomodation”
Reviewed 10 May 2008

I was pretty looking forward to stay sino's type of hotels. good value and feel good design with no-too-much goofs.

this is stylish stony and woody new hotel in old city area. great to wondering around the neighbors.

room interior will be satisfied you much. room #201 has high triangle ceiling with wood-timber, quality glassed window is foot length long can open widely.

staff was nice, breakfast was included for 50 euros double room as single use. silverware and set of cup at the B/F is sweet.

I had set lunch + breakfast but food wasn't impressive as stone walls, tables and rest of decorations. struggle to get warm by drinking wine at gooood- looking but freez...ing basement restaurant in april .

expect the big jam at B/F by layout the tables. they'll make you espresso if you think coffee is too thin. tough it might be beans they used isn't as standard as taste-wise.

Loved towel feel ! did not get hot water twice the time I used. it was mild warm water.

window and room door is not soundproofing. if other residents talking and walking with heeled shoes,
or from the narrow street , students are singing + shouting 2 o'clock in the morning is no-doubt echos around , it sound giants in your room.

reason why I give 4points is - stairway to the room when I had big suitcase. - poor food & coffee taste. - noise. otherwise fabulous sense&quality, fabulous price.

  • Liked — Sense, Location, Cleanness
  • Disliked — Gap of room door & window, hotwater temperature
  • Stayed April 2008
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English first
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2007

Stayed here for 4 nights in June. Originally had booked a hotel in the new part of town near train station but stumbled upon this hotel on internet, although was initially put off by the fact that it came up as a 1 star property. The hotel photos however, seemed to suggest this could not possibly be a true rating and so we took a chance by cancelling our original booking and coming here instead.
How glad are we that we did! This hotel was ideally situated in the old, and very quaint, part of town-approx 10 minutes walk from the cathedral. The main building itself is very old with what appears to be a newer extension built on the back where the majority of rooms seem to be. Our room was in the older part of the hotel however, and was absolutely charming. We had asked for a balcony and this we got along with two further juliet type balconys opposite the bed. Along with the exposed stone walls and contemporary, fairly mimalistic furnishings, the hotel is a fantastic and tasteful blend of old and new. We paid approx £60 per night which we considered excellent value. Included in this price was breakfast which was served in the hotel's restaurant housed in the basement of the original buidling. This was the usual continental affair and a good choice and quantity of breads, cereal, cheese, meat etc - again the surroundings were lovely.
Santiago itself is a lovely place although worth mentioning that the old part is definately the 'pretty' bit of town. We only ventured briefly into the new part which is fairly scruffy and hectic( although a lot of work seemed to be in progress which may be an attempt to smarten the place up)
It is very authentic in that english is not widely spoken and therefore a spanish phrasebook or some grasp of the language is essential.
The old part of the city is fairly small with the cathedral being the main tourist attraction. We spent many hours leisurely wandering around the windy little streets although it has to be said that there isn't a huge amount to see or do within the city itself once you've visited the cathedral. It is however a nice place for a leisurely break and to soak up the atmosphere of a typically spanish city. One last point would be not to forget your umbrella as it rained consistently for the 4 days we were there and that was in June! we found out afterwards that the region is often referred to as the Ireland of spain due to its similar climate so 'sunny Spain 'it definately isn't!

  • Liked — great aesthetics
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank JC78
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North West UK
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137 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2007

The fabric of the hotel is superb - a lovely and sensitive conversion of some old property and done sympathetically and visually well. Rooms are well furnished and all of the basics (hot water is hot, doors open well, lights illuminate the right places etc) work. Fabrics and furniture of a good quality - may start to look a bit tired soon tho'.

Position is hard to beat - in the old town, nice tapas and cafe bars near, good food and shops, pretty area without being too touristed - you feel people actually live, love and work here.

Service is very friendly - for example we said we needed to check out early and were told that breakfast would be available for us a good hour before it was due to start, without having to ask, and it was ready and it was all there - no bowl of cereal and a pack of milk but the full buffet.

The breakfast was good - simple but fresh and well presented in a lovely stone-and-beamed area. Can't comment on the restaurant as it was closed for some refurb work - the peek I had suggests it will be to a similar high standard as the rest of the fabric.

Value was good - not the cheapest but nice for the money.

So why isn't it rated as excellent? Because the architect who did the conversion of the back of the property was clearly deaf. That is the only thing which could account for the total lack of soundproofing in the rooms. I am now on intimate terms with (night one and two) the sleeping habits of baby Juan (not for long and very grumpy when he wakes up) and the (night three) sexual habits of, well let's call her Miss X (for long and very grumpy at a range of times).

Stayed January 2007
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Pleasantville, NY
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2006

Over the Summer of 2006 my son and I walked approximately 125-130 miles on the Pilgrimage Route, Santiago de Compostela. After eight days of hiking during which we stayed at numerous small and inexpensive hotels we arrived in Santiago and treated ourselves to a two-night stay at the Sino for two nights. The room was small but extremely well designed and immaculate. The staff was extremely attentive, efficient and helpful and the location could not possibly have been better. It was close to the Cathedral and to numerous shops and restaurants. We could not get the internet service to work but that was a minor inconvenience. The breakfast was very pleasant. If I go back to Spain I would definitely stay here again. The next time I would try, if available, a room facing the front of the hotel as the rear was noisy but the noise was more celebratory than annoying. In short, we had a wonderful stay.

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4 Thank gweagni
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Liverpool - England
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2006

We arrived at the hotel which looked attractive, rang the bell and waited a while, thought there may have been another entrance as there was no movement from within (it wasn't late) on entering felt it modern, new, up to date, clean and nicely presented. Booking in was easy and the gentleman at reception was really helpful. We were supposed to be in a superior room but it was small, really small and hot, very hot, after the coach journey we thought a shower was a good idea, to do so meant raising both toilet seat parts to open the glass shower door which then swung open to hit a metal spacer on the wall, It terrified me each time, bang, crash, I later did slip and bruise my back in that thing, nothing to grab hold of. Anyway, went out and enjoyed the evening, returned to a very hot room, no fan, no air-con we had to open the window and that was the biggest problem, it was to the noisiest back road I have ever come across, though just wide enough to take small trucks, they roared though, coupled with the hotels bar entrance, their noise and scooter, being in that back road, they were loud too, and we were one the second floor, it was like they were in the room with you, as it cooled around 4am I could close the doors and try to sleep. The 3 breakfasts we had got worse each day, nothing seemed to be replaced, no orange juice? and we were told "rolls for the restaurant only?", anybody following us must have gone hungry, staff not really there. The internet sat there dead to the world too (maybe a good thing!). I know it was a hot week but it isn't a cheap hotel. The main issue was ventilation, there isn't any, to get any you can't sleep through the noise. NO english telly? its Spain, why should there be?

  • Liked — The ouside and inside decoration
  • Disliked — Very noisy
  • Tips/Secrets — Ideal for small deaf heat lovers
  • Stayed June 2006, travelled with family
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Suffolk
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54 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2006

This pretty little hotel couldn't be in a better location, nor more charmingly presented. Our two night stay wasn't without problems, though they were mitigated by a reduction in the bill when we settled up. The rooms were comfortable, but the service was haphazard - breakfast was very poor, which was surprising in a hotel which prides itself on its restaurant. Our room wasn't cleaned when we returned to it at the end of our day sightseeing and this wasn't remedied while we were out in the evening, despite a gentle request to the receptionist. All in all, quite mixed feelings about whether or not to recommend Sino - there are several small and charming hotels in the vicinity.

  • Stayed June 2006
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3 Thank Northstow
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Guildford England
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43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2006

Cannot fault the location or the ambience. Rooms were comfortable and beautifully presented.

Would not advise using the restaurant however as we had a bad experience. There were three of us dining and one had a great meal. However, the other two meals were not good. One in particular was appalling - the fish was uncooked in parts and pink. Did not receive a helpful response when this was pointed out, the dish was merely whisked away and we were left feeling as if we had done something wrong!

In summary, I would recommend the hotel but stay away from the restaurant.

Stayed June 2006
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3 Thank lou37
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Property: Hotel Alda Algalia
Address: Rua Algalia de Arriba 5, 15704, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Formerly Hotel MV Algalia)
Region: Spain > Galicia > Province of A Coruna > Santiago de Compostela
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 74 Hotels in Santiago de Compostela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Alda Algalia 1*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming boutique hotel is set right in the historic heart of Santiago de Compostela, just 4 minutes' walk from the world-famous cathedral and the city’s Bonaval and Belvis parks.The welcoming MV Algalia is housed in a historic townhouse which has been carefully converted into a stylish, intimate setting – ideal for a romantic visit to the Galician capital. Its interior blends contemporary-style furnishings and lighting with rustic-style bare stone walls and historic touches.After a day seeing the many local sights, return to the Algalia to enjoy a delicious meal in the hotel’s own restaurant. Here you can try traditional Galician cuisine made with fresh, seasonal produce. ... more   less 
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