We booked for one night thanks to the raving reviews here on tripadvisor and we are glad we did. When we wrote an e-mail for booking about 8 weeks in advance we were informed that there were only two rooms left which we thought was a very good sign.
The hotel is located at the beginning of the traffic free central area of Santiago, about 10 minutes on foot from the Cathedral. The hotel has a deal with a nearby parking where you can leave the car for the whole day for 10 euros. We were welcomed by a very friendly and informative receptionst who showed us our rooms and explained all the main attractions on the map.
The rooms were very nice and of average size, with a newly renovated bathroom (if it wasn't new it definitely looked that way). One of the rooms was overlooking the road and was more noisy than the other, facing the yard. The internal patio hosts a very nice bar that is used both by the hotel guests and locals coming from outside. We found the garden area to be the absolute highlight of the hotel.
In the morning we were served a wonderful breakfast that included freshly squeezed orange juice and Tarta de Santiago (local almond cake). Breakfast is served either in the garden, in the main bar area on the ground floor or on the first floor overlooking the garden.
We absolutely loved Costa Vella and suggest to stay here when visiting Santiago.
PS: do not miss a visit to the Cathedral; it is a mystic happening, even if you are not Catholic
- 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