I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in August 2010. It is a charming and characterful hotel, superbly located on one of the most picturesque old streets in the centre of Santiago. The rooms were spacious with high ceilings. They have done a great job converting this old building, with exposed stonework and beautiful polished wooden floors. There is good quality old furniture, all solid wood with a proper wardrobe, desk and even a charming coat/hat stand. The bed was distinctly firm (as all Spanish hotel beds seem to be) but it was very comfortable.
I was in room 24 which looked out on the street with amazing views from the balcony up to one of the cathedral towers in one direction, and down the street in the other. It had full-length french doors which opened onto a small balcony with a flower box. The doors were double-glazed and also had shutters, net curtains and also proper curtains. It was delightful to be able to go out onto the balcony and watch the world go by.
The bathroom was spotlessly clean, the water was hot and the water pressure was fantastic in both the shower and the bath. It has a sensible sink - none of your stylish but useless designs that I have seen in other places.
Being crowded with thousands of pilgrims and late-night revellers (as one would expect in Santiago), there was a lot of hubbub from the street all day and well into the night. And in the early hours of the morning the council come and hose down the street. The street is paved with granite and the buildings rise up on either side, creating a sort of magnifying acoustic reverberation chamber. But with the french doors closed the double glazing made the noise significantly quieter and I had no trouble sleeping. There was also a double vestibule outside the door to the room, which blocked off any sounds from the lobby.
On the top floor there is a computer with free internet access, but no printer or other 'business' facilities.
There is no restaurant but none is needed since there are literally hundreds of fabulous cafes, bars and restaurants within a few seconds' walk, including a cafe right next door, also called Airas Nunes, which does excellent breakfasts. There was a menu in the room from a nearby restaurant, which I think might have been their version of Room Service.
The hotel is literally 1 minute walk from the main entrance to the cathedral.
Two comments which may matter to some potential guests: first, there is no lift. The reception is on the first floor up a granite spiral staircase, which continues all the way up through to the top (4th) floor. So for some people who might struggle with heavy bags this might be a problem, and there is nobody there to help.
Second, the two girls on the reception desk were EXTREMELY surly, unwelcoming and unfriendly (as also noted by a previous reviewer). They were monosyllabic, bored and unhelpful. They didnt look up from their desk or say hello or goodbye as I came in and out of the hotel. I personally didn't care about this and it made no difference to my enjoyment of my stay. Also, the booking details specifically stated that payment would be due on checkout but they demanded full payment on arrival; when I pointed out the discrepancy she just shrugged as if to say "take it or leave it".
If you want to go into the cathedral and are not a pilgrim, I strongly recommend you make the effort to get up early and be at the door when it opens at 7am: at this time you will walk straight in but any later the queues for the cathedral were literally a mile long.
Also if you are visiting Santiago then you must make a point of going to O Gato Negro, reputed to be the best tapas bar in town: I really enjoyed it.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Airas Nunes Hotel housed in a renovated eighteenth century building located 50 meters from the cathedral of Santiago. It offers rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Rooms at Hotel Airas Nunes are spacious and cozy. Original features such as wooden beams and stone walls, and have satellite TV and private bathrooms with hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. It is possible to check in 24 hours using an automatic machine. A few steps away, in the Galician capital, there are numerous restaurants and bars and the Pilgrims ofical luggage, from where you can send your stick, backpack or bike to your home and use their laundry service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Airas Nunes Hotel