Santander is the capital of Cantabria in the north of Spain. It’s known for its strong maritime history, delicious seafood and beautiful beaches. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the city, then look no further than our list of the best hotels in Santander.
This stylish hotel is located northeast of the historic centre, close to the Parque de Jado. As the name suggests, art takes centre stage here. In the elegant lobby a quirky chandelier is the centrepiece, the restaurant is decorated with bold-patterned wallpaper and there are sculptures sitting on the balconies. The rooms are plush, with luxurious furnishings and shades of royal blue and emerald green. They feature everything you need and more, from soft robes and coffee machines to large walk-in rain showers and scenic sea views.
The Hotel Silken Coliseum is located right in the centre of Santander, close to the picturesque Plaza Porticada, the Town Hall and the Cathedral. This four-star property has lots of character, with a brightly coloured, marble-clad lobby, decorated with impressive artwork and chandeliers. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and offer all the mod cons you could need. The attached La Platea Restaurant is both elegant and modern and serves up twists on traditional Cantabrian dishes.
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The Jardín Secreto hotel can be found just northwest of the centre, within easy walking distance of many of the major sites. It’s a relaxed, friendly and intimate hotel, which takes all the elements of a Bed and Breakfast and combines them into a luxury hotel. There are just six rooms, each of which is individually decorated with traditional features such as stone walls or fireplaces. There’s also a lovely garden in which to relax and a cosy lounge, serving free tea, coffee and pastries when you want.
The Gran Hotel Sardinero is the most iconic hotel in the city. It sits right on Plaza Italia, facing the El Sardinero Beach. It’s grand and elegant and its white façade is one of the most recognised in the city. Its 102 rooms come in either individual, double or junior suite sizes and are decorated in a modern and graceful style, with earthy tones and lots of soft furnishings. Many also feature sea views. There’s also a gourmet restaurant serving quality local cuisine.
Le Petit Boutique Hotel Santander sits just one block from El Sardinero Beach in the centre of Santander. It has just seven guest rooms, each one individually decorated according to a theme – Paris, New York, Tokyo, Nairobi and more. An adults-only property, it’s both romantic, quiet and intimate. Facilities include a free buffet breakfast and free WiFi.
This impressive five-star property is the grand dame of Santander hotels. It faces Playa de los Peligros beach and stands on a hill, overlooking the historic city. Surrounded by lush gardens, it offers the best of both countryside and city hotels. The 123 rooms ooze style and luxury, dressed in muted tones and decorated with silky-soft furnishings, while some even offer dazzling sea views. There’s also a indulgent spa, a gym, a gourmet restaurant and a café.
The Hotel Bahía Santander sits right in the centre, between the Pereda Gardens, the Santander Cathedral and the Centro Botín contemporary arts centre, so whichever way you turn, you’re guaranteed to come across somewhere you’ll want to visit. Very close to both the ferry terminal and the train station, it’s ideal for those who don’t want to have to travel far once they arrive. The rooms are stylish and sleek, and offer great city views from their floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant serving traditional Cantabrian cuisine.
The Vincci Puertochico is located by the port area, just a 15-minute walk from the historic centre and very close to the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria and the Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico. It’s contemporary and stylish with a slight nautical theme found in the blue tones, natural wood and wicker baskets on the walls. Rooms offer beautiful sea and marina views, while there’s also a large breakfast buffet room and a classy Taste Bar Lounge, serving snacks and coffees.