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“Perfect Location for a Visit to a Great Town”
Review of Costa Vella Hotel

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Costa Vella Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 November 2006

Just returned from a 3 night visit with a friend to this excellent hotel. The hotel is 10 minutes from the airport by taxi and built right into the city walls with the pedestrianised city outside the front door and a lovely enclosed garden outside the back door.

We had 2 single rooms with balconies overlooking the street, each room was ensuite with shower, nicely furnished,large bed, french windows and small TV. Water, sweets and shampoo etc. provided. There is a lounge/library with great views and a telescope. The bar opens out onto a garden with fountain and numerous flowers and plants which was used by hotel guests and locals in the evening. We had breakfast in the bar which consisted of fresh orange, cereal, fresh bread, pastries and coffee for 5 euro.

The staff are excellent and helped us out with tourist information and printed out train timetables (La Coruna and Vigo close by), recommending bars/restaurants etc, always with a smile.

The hotel in it's own right would have been a great find but when you put it together with this excellent location in this town then it becomes brilliant. The town is pedestrianised and is steeped in history, with its cathedral and churches, monastries, university buildings and various historical sites plus mingled in with all this are what seems like hundreds of bars and restaurants. For 2 days we didn't buy a meal out as every bar gives you free tapas with each drink! At weekends it's particularly vibrant as the city is home to 30,000 students. What I also particularly liked was that English is not generally spoken or written so you have to try a bit of Spanish.

In summary I rate this lovely hotel in real Spain very highly and will return.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 October 2006

We stayed at the Costa Vella for 14 nights and would be happy to still be there now! We had read the reviews before booking and used the hotel as a base to discover the surrounding areas of Galicia, which is a very beautiful part of Spain. The communications with the hotel prior to our arrival were excellent. Jose Antonio Linares (owner with family) kindly found out about events we were interested in and emailed me information and there was a warmth in the messages which was equalled by their greeting on our arrival and throughout our visit. The hotel is small and informal, which makes it a very comfortable and welcoming place to stay. It has been very tastefully renovated in a traditional style with a very pretty mediteranean garden. (We had a room overlooking the garden with views across Santiago) It's popularity with the locals is an immediate indicator as to why people find this such a wonderful experience . Everbody is extremely kind and accommodating, and amongst the hustle and bustle of their busiest moments, there is a gentleness in the nature of the staff at all times. We organised our own days out which was not as difficult as people had suggested on the Trip Advisor Forum. 10 minutes to the bus station and 15 minutes to the train station, both of which run exceptionally clean and up to date methods of transport. Any additional information we required was promptly offered to us at the hotel. The choice of bars and restaurants in the immediate area are abundant and vary in style and price, making this a real pleasure for sampling local dishes, fantastic fish and a bottle (or two!) of Albarino or Rioja. My partner wondered when I first booked this if 14 nights was going to be too long in one place, the answer to that was quite apparant when we reluctantly left with a promise to return as soon as possible. There is an air of magic to Santiago de Compostela, and we had the privilage of enjoying that due to the professionalism and friendliness of Jose Antonio, Roberto and all of the staff at the Costa Vella... Thank you all very much!

Stayed: October 2006
9  Thank Busot
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Reviewed 15 October 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Costa Vella at the beginning of October and had a warm welcome from all the staff. It's location is perfect for exploring the old own, being only five minutes walk from the cathedral. The hotel is small but very modern and clean. Lovely continental breakfast served by friendly staff. The garden is a real bonus with apple trees and a vine-covered gazebo, perfect for relaxing with a drink in the sun. The staff were very helpful in suggesting places to eat and places to visit. All this and all I had to do was email them to reserve the room and pay when we left. Thank you, Costa Vella!

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank AstralTraveller64
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Reviewed 12 September 2006

We stayed in the Costa Vella for two nights at the end of July. Finding the place was a bit of a challenge and I wouldn't recommend driving around Santiago to anyone. When you get to road the hotel is on, you need to press a button on a pillar on your left to open the barrier. Then unload at the hotel & they will tell you where to park the car. On arrival we were handed our keys without much of a welcome, but the small room was nicely decorated, clean and overlooked the back garden. Breakfast in the garden each morning was nice and the place generally had a good atmosphere. I'd recommend the Costa Vella although some of the claims about it appeal are a little overstated.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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3  Thank Grelljo
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Reviewed 23 July 2006

We only spent one night at this friendly property near the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. We arrived late and were greeted with an upgrade. Simple but pleasant room with two twin beds and a little alcove with a sofa. The bathroom was tight but servicable. We liked the tile floors and pleasant view out our room to the garden and, beyond, Santiago's rooftops. Roberto from the hotel was very kind and generous. Breakfast wasn't elaborate, but I can still taste the wonderful Santiago bread. Great value for money at 80 euros including breakfast and taxes, having made the reservation through the hotel website.

Stayed: June 2006
7  Thank DrStroke
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Reviewed 12 July 2006

Costa Vella is a beautiful hotel and the staff are very friendly. There is also a lovely garden/terrace at the back where all the locals seem to go for drinks in the evenings. The only thing I would have a problem with is the noisy wooden floors on stairs and corridors which cause quite an echo when you are trying to sleep. Also I would advise people not to book room 001 on the ground floor as it's right in reception and can be quite noisy with people coming and going. Other than that, the hotel is lovely, clean, staff friendly and the breakfast which you can have at any time of the morning up to lunchtime is excellent.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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6  Thank TrishIreland
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Reviewed 3 May 2006

Lovely setting for a very central hotel.

Reasonably priced and would have been nice anyway but the friendliness of the staff is the finishing touch. They are pleasant even at anti social hours!

Its No. 1 on Trip Advisor and for a very good reason.

Breakfast with freshly squeezed orange overlooking the garden - Seriously relaxing!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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12  Thank UlsteronTour
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Additional Information about Costa Vella Hotel

Address: Rua Porta da Pena 17, 15704, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Region: Spain > Galicia > Province of A Coruna > Santiago de Compostela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
#5 Family Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
#10 Business Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
Price Range: £39 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic city. charming coffee terrace enclosed by the medieval wall. Place of historic interest. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Costa Vella Santiago De Compostela

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