My wife and I stayed at the AC Ciudad in early July for the San Fermin festival. We were part of the Spyns tour. Before I start with the hotel, let me say that Spyns organized a great and memorable tour. They definitely ran a tight ship!
Given that my wife and I are in our mid to late 30's, we wanted peace and quiet at night. If you want to avoid the noise from all the partying, then this hotel is fantastic. At night we never heard a thing! The hotel is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the city center. Having lived in NYC for several years, my wife and I actually didn't think the walk was that bad. Plus after an evening of stuffing ourselves with delicious tapas and pallela, we appreciated the chance to walk off the heavy meal.
The hotel included a breakfast which was fine. Not necessarily the friendliest service, but I thought the food was reasonable. The bathroom door is not a complete door since it is cut off several inches from the floor. If you travel with someone else, then they can basically hear everything in the bathroom. The rooms don't have safes which was a bit of a concern. If you need to lock anything up, then you can use "community" safes behind the front desk. My wife and I didn't feel comfortable doing that so we hid everything in our room which worked out fine. Speaking to other people who had stayed at the hotel before, apparently the rooms are very safe and no one has ever had anything stolen.
There was free wifi which worked great. There are also a couple of restaurants across the street with decent food. Don't expect to use the laundry service in the hotel - the prices were the highest I've ever seen in a hotel. Maid service was spotty. My wife and I were aggressive and asked the maid to clean our room when we saw her in the hallway. Another couple we were traveling with never had their room cleaned in the 2 nights they stayed there.
The hotel is also a subsidiary of Marriot, however they can't reward any Marriot points until the end of 2011 for some reason.
Overall I would stay at the hotel again if I returned for the San Fermin festival. If NOT during the festival, I would probably stay somewhere closer to the town center.
By the way, for those who haven't run with the bulls, I highly recommend it. There are no words to describe the experience of looking back and seeing 6 steers and 6 bulls running at you.
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