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Hotel Bahia

4.0 out of 5.0

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The Bahia turned out to be perfectly located for our needs during a several day stay in Santander. From the hotel we could walk the waterfront promenade beginning at the Centro Botin that is practically right outside the hotel doors. We could walk to all kinds of eateries within 10 minutes. Even tho we had a car, the bus stopped nearby so we could hop public transportation easily to the far away beaches (parking can be a bear). I was concerned that the ferry port would be a bit more run down and thereby attract loiterers and panhandlers, but in fact the area is quite nice. Our room was on a lower floor that looked right out onto the ferry terminal and waters of the bay. Despite being over a major thoroughfare, we could hear little noise (the Brits could learn something about window soundproofing the Spaniards). We had two rooms, one for us and one for our near-grown kids, and we were all satisfied. The rooms were large with the standard European marriage bed or two singles plus a sitting area. Two people could navigate getting dressed in the morning without getting in each others’ way. We were satisfied with the cleanliness of the room. The bathroom was nice and large and modern. The bed was comfortable, though we perhaps would have preferred better pillows (a common problem for us in Europe). Décor was definitely nothing to write home about, but we were hardly in the rooms anyway. Wifi was free, as it was everywhere we went in Spain and Portugal. We did not order breakfast with our room as it was too expensive, and my son knew a good breakfast place around the corner. Garage parking exists, but you have to order it in advance, and it is not inexpensive. Also, staff can be quite unclear about the rules, and they wind up giving wrong information. We “lost” our spot because they did not know how to ask the right questions, but eventually (after a half hour of tense conversation), they realized we did have rights to the spot they assigned us and let us park. Better management training is definitely needed on this point, since here their English failed them completely (and I had to revert to Spanish – which didn’t solve the problem since they were so confused themselves). If you are not used to Spanish parking lots, they are the tiniest I’ve ever been in, starting here. It was like threading a needle (with mirrors tucked in, no less) every time. That certainly is a dissuader from taking the car out a lot. I also kept my sanity by tipping the desk porter well to pull the car out for me in the mornings (I parked at night). Overall, my wife and I agreed that were we ever in Santander again we’d be perfectly happy to stay here at the Bahia – tho maybe not with a car...

Great location. For someone who doesn't like old fashioned hotels the room was ideal, nice and modern, felt clean. The staff at the desk were friendly and helpful. The carpark wasn't too difficult to use. You have to go round via la Calle Isabel 2 to get to the carpark entrance. The cathedral next door made for some very nice views. It was a shame to leave.

Stayed for one night prior to Brittany Ferry sailing to Portsmouth. Tried to book via the central reservation line for the hotel and was told that the only availability was a junior suite and there was no on site parking available. Secure parking is important so decided not to book. However, I noticed that via TripAdvisor there were lots of room types available. Booked a standard room with sea views on line and arranged secure parking (lots of spaces) on arrival at an extra cost of 16euros. Perhaps the hotels central reservation line needs reviewing? The hotel is centrally located and perfect for exploring this lovely city. The parking does warrant a mention. It is accessed via a car lift! spaces are wide enough to open the car doors easily although it is a little difficult to maneuver due to the layout of the parking area. Reception was effected swiftly by English speaking staff. The room was comfortable and with a lovely sea view. One minor downside was the lack of a mirror over the dressing table/desk. Didn't eat in the hotel but took cava and coffees in the bar area which was very pleasant and for a four star hotel, not expensive. Lots of great bars and restaurant nearby and minutes from the ferry terminal.

Great hotel, friendly staff, very centrally located next to the Cathedral, shops, restaurants. A short walk to the centre, also used by the locals, busy restaurant good home cooked food. Santander is a beautiful city I will be back.

We stayed at Hotel Bahia for two nights. The hotel is located near the harbour and close to most interesting things to see and do in Santander. Friendly and helpful staff who speak English (of course) Room was impeccably clean and very comfortable. The wifi was a bit up and down! Good breakfast buffet (15 euro) and we also tried the coffe bar the first morning which also can be recommended.

Hotel Bahia is the nearest hotel as the crow flies to the Plymouth - Santander ferry as it docks in the port (although there is a short drive around the docks and back through the streets to after disembarkation). Car parking is private underground via a car lift (a first time for me). We were a little concerned that our huge Ford Ranger would either be too heavy or too long for the lift, but we squeezed in with maybe 30mm to spare between the doors at either end of the car. Hotel staff were efficient without being over-friendly. Rooms were excellently appointed, quiet and clean. Location is perfectly central to the old town, the best restaurants, bars and the small ferries to the other side of the bay. Only one small criticism and that was that breakfast appeared to be a bit of a free-for-all with only one working coffee machine and was therefore a bit of a scrum for self-service, but other than that couldn't complain about anything and will definitely stay there again next time we're in town.

Very nice location. Cafe in hotel was excellent. Right next to many many restaurants and shopping and little cafes. Enjoyed this hotel and staff. Views out of the hotel were outstanding. Very beautiful!!

First time in town and picked the hotel based on location. Room was very spacious, good a/c, very attentive front desk. It has a decent cafe. Didn't try the restaurant but seemed reasonable. Location is great. If you travel by bus, is a 5 minute walk to the station. Will definitely book again.

We stayed at Hotel Bahia for three nights to begin our trip to Cantabria. It's located near the center of the city with easy access to restaurants, the ferry, or just a walk along the bay. The staff is friendly, rooms were clean, and there is parking on site, as well as public parking across the street. Would definitely stay here again.

Nice decor and rooms but the family rooms are right next to the lifts so all night and early in the morning we could hear people talking at the lifts and the lifts themselves moving. This mean we all slept really badly. I complained about this and they offered an insulting discount and said they couldn't do anything because the manager wasn't in for another few days! The hotel was incredibly expensive (around £280 per night) and none of us slept! Outrageous. Do not stay here if you want to sleep!

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room Single Use, Sea View

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room, Sea View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite, Sea View

King 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

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88% of guests recommend this hotel

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