We were recently visiting our daughter who is living in Santiago and teaching English in a nearby town. The parents of a friend of hers recommended Costa Vella and after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor our expectations were very high. Not only were our expectations met they were clearly exceeded. We stayed at the hotel twice during our trip with a tour of Spain and side trip to Italy in between. Even before we arrived we were provided a huge Word Doc that had all sorts of info about the town and local area including tips on restaurants as well as things to do and see.
At the start of our trip we stayed on the top floor in a very cute, comfortable room overlooking the garden. The room was a good size and the vaulted ceiling made it feel bigger. At the end of the trip we decided at the last minute not to do a planned trip to Portugal and they were happy to provide accommodations. We were set up in a mini-suite on the second floor. It has a separate sitting area overlooking the garden with a phenomenal view of the Galician country-side. In both cases Roberto and the staff were extremely accommodating and helpful with whatever we needed. As mentioned by others breakfast is served in a cute eating area – it was delicious including a large slice of toasted local bread with tomatoes, olive oil and cheese – yum! If requested, they will also bring fruit, croissants or yogurt. In the evening the sitting area is a great spot to relax and have a glass of local wine before heading out to dinner. All of this for 65 Euro a night including breakfast – truly the best deal of any accommodation in all of our travels! We cannot recommend it highly enough.
A couple of other notes: We were fortunate to be in town for New Year’s Eve. In the plaza in front of the Cathedral they set up a large stage with a great “salsa-type” band. Everyone was given a bunch of grapes and a bag full of hats, masks and noise makers. By midnight the plaza was filled with thousands of revelers to eat 12 grapes to the gongs of the Cathedral bells followed by a fireworks show and lots of dancing and merry- making. It was the best New Years Eve ever! Also, if you have a car I strongly advise a trip out to Finisterre and Muxia – both are awe-inspiring experiences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic city. charming coffee terrace enclosed by the medieval wall. Place of historic interest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Costa Vella Santiago De Compostela