The best thing about la Galeria is the location, in my opinion. As others have noted, Ondarreta beach is on the other end of the promenade from the old city. We preferred this, as it is quieter on this side. The walk into the old town is very nice, and takes about 15 minutes, but the hotel rents out bikes for €10 a day - quite expensive for some rusty old things, not suitable for anything other than the promenade. Hotel itself has nice and spacious rooms, some with sea view. We stayed on the top floor, 403, and enjoyed this a lot. (Although the floor under the bed was very dusty.) The area and hotel are quiet, but I have to say that I have never stayed in a hotel so penetrable to sound. We could hear everything that went on in the bathroom next door. Breakfast is in the basement cafeteria, where you pay for what you eat. Very basic selection (canned fruit salad? In Spain?), and we ended up either having breakfast from the beach kiosk right across the road, or in one of the bakeries or cafes on Matia Kalea a few blocks away. This street has a lot of shops for stacking up on picnic and lunch food. There is also a big supermarket nearby on the main avenue parallell to the Matia Kalea. If you don't want to go into the old town every night, there are few good options near the hotel. Further up the street, the Infanta Kristina Kalea continues as Vitoria-Gasteiz, and there you will find a few decent/good bar/restaurant options, for instance the Bernardina vinoteca. Hotel staff gave quite a sour first impression, and continued to be not very forthcoming, but did check out a few things for us when we asked - as is to be expected. There are not too many hotels in this area, so if you want to stay at the Ondarreta, this is a good option - though I don't know anything about the others in the area, of course. Would come here again.
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