We travelled down the North Coast of Spain and as a treat stayed at the Parador in Santillana del Mar. It seems 'tired' and the room was nothing special. The main hotel is located in the village square, but there is also an annex with underground parking. We did not find the staff to be friendly or helpful. The evening meal was one of the most expensive and to be honest, I am not convinced it was worth it. There are other restaurants in the area to try which are in walking distance.
The town itself is interesting, named for Santa Juliana whose remains are in the Colegiata, a Romanesque church and former monastery. But...the village is a honeypot and becomes extremely busy with tourists. Many shops disappointingly are selling so called 'souvenirs' - the same that can be found anywhere!
Overall, I think there are other better value places to stay in the area, allowing access to the surrounding points of interest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This newly built manor house respects the traditional local architecture and harmonises perfectly with the style of this lovely town. Comfortable rooms and a pleasant atmosphere add to the peace and tranqulity of this hotel. The restaurant and bar, in the Parador Santillana Gil Blas, offer a chance to try the most traditional dishes in Cantabrian cooking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Santillana Hotel Santillana Del Mar