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“wonderful hospitality”
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Costa Vella Hotel
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54 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“wonderful hospitality”
Reviewed 12 March 2007

We stayed for five nights in early March-it rained a lot but the hotel loaned us umbrellas.
From the moment we arrived (offered a coffee and provided with lots of hints about how to find our way around, what to see and where to eat) we found all the staff were friendly and hospitable and willing to do anything to make our stay enjoyable. The booklet provided in our room on "suggestions and recommendations" was a thoughtful and helpful gesture. All in all, we were made to feel like honoured guests rather than paying customers.
The hotel has a good location-everywhere in the old town was walkable in 15 to 20 minutes-although quite a trek to the train and bus stations. We had a room on the first floor overlooking the street. It was small but well furnished with a comfortable bed. It was noisy at night unless we had the windows and shutters closed, but we had been offered a quieter room in the attic. My advice would be to choose your room, as the more expensive rooms with good views and overlooking the delightful garden (a lovely spot to eat breakfast if the weather is fine) were bigger and quieter.
Good value and very pleasant atmosphere-the bar area serves drinks and snacks all day as well as the breakfast. You only get juice,coffee and toast/croissants unless you ask for the extras.
Would return anytime-just a pity there were no English channels on the TV.

  • Liked — the level of hospitality
  • Disliked — no english tv channels
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank mouldy
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Calgary, AB
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2007

Charming hotel run by very friendly staff; excellent price. There is a wonderful garden in which to enjoy breakfast, tapas, etc. It is located in the old part of Santiago, so is in excellent location for sight-seeing in the old city. Bathroom faced onto courtyard garden, so was a bit inhibiting, especially in the evening with the lights on in the bathroom and in the ground floor room where people are having breakfast right outside the window. Carpark located very close by; small supermarket right cross the street.

  • Stayed June 2006
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8 Thank AlisonBCalgary
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2007

Perfection - charming and cute decor, the breakfast is amazing - great location, and the hotel staff is friendly and welcoming. When you arrive, they bring you up to your room, where there is free bottled water, free candies on the nightstand, and a guide in your language highlighting the best places to eat and visit nearby. Instant hot water in the shower, felt very clean, sheets monogrammed with the hotel's name - a great value. There are giant windows that look out on the street with geranium window boxes, but there is minimal street noise. The hotel has a library where you can sit in the sunlight and eat more free candies and read a number of books, many donated by previous hotel guests. I stayed here by myself this December, and for a single woman, it was absolutely perfect and felt very safe.

The only downside is it can be a tad tricky to locate the first time there, but SdeC is so easy to get around that it becomes second nature quickly.

  • Stayed December 2006
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7 Thank Tina_CO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2006

from the moment we arrived at the hotel, we were treated so special by the staff who always had a smile on their face.
The rooms were charming and were just as they were depicted on the website. The highlight of the hotel, was the view from the breakfast room which was beutiful. A wonderful town with wonderful food, espcially if you like seafood. Dont worry if you are not sure where to eat. The hotel has several recomendations of which the two recomended to us were very good indeed and very reasonable price wise. All in all a great trip made better by a great choice of hotel, all at an inexpensive price.

  • Liked — the staff, the deor of the rooms and the veiws
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Tips/Secrets — try to stay in the old town or near surroundings. it is very walkable. any problems talk to the locals. they are very helpfulr
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with friends
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4 Thank jsjmanchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2006

Just returned from a 2 day midweek November break. What else can be said about this fantastic gem of a hotel. Rooms beautifully decorated, furnished and spotlessly clean. Finishing touches of daily bottled water and basket of sweets !!

Service from ALL of the staff was nothing short of perfection. Billed as a family hotel where, even as a single traveller, I was made to feel part of the family of staff. How they manage the substantial and varied breakfast for 5 Euro ( I couldn't finish it!) I do not know.

Location is perfect for all the Santiago sights, bars and restaurants. You may not, like myself, need the latter as Free Tapas and Healthy Portioned Racciones (what a veriety of seafood there is on offer!) kept me "Full" for the 2 days. Everything within easy walking distance of the hotel. Rear garden, terrace and bar areas are sublime. A little piece of heaven. Even the poor november weather, drizzel for 48 hours, but warm drizzel !! could not dampen my enthusiasm for this superb establishment.

For return visits I won't be looking to book anywhere else!!

  • Liked — everything!!
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Go there and see for yourself!
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled solo
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
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.

  • Liked — Friendly authentic location.
  • Tips/Secrets — Wander round the bars for free tapas.
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with friends
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9 Thank BlackburnRovers
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Suffolk England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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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Property: 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
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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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 
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Costa Vella Santiago De Compostela

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